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Octopus Salad with Potatoes and Green Beans

Active time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield 8
When octopus is slowly simmered, it becomes delicate and tender. Tossed in a salad with potatoes and green beans, then dressed with garlic and parsley, it makes for a very lovely and satisfying dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, halved
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 pounds octopus tentacles, separated
  • 1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1 1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water, add the onion, carrot, celery and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Add the octopus and simmer over moderate heat for 1 hour, until tender. Let the octopus cool in the liquid, then drain. Using a paper towel, wipe the purple skin off the tentacles, leaving the suckers intact. Cut the tentacles into 1-inch pieces.

  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the green beans until tender, 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to a plate and pat dry. Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook until tender, 25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then peel and dice the potatoes.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the octopus with the potatoes, green beans, garlic, parsley and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.