Makes 8 first-course servings
Photo: Annabelle Breakey

How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, and chiles. Set dressing aside.

Step 2

In a large serving bowl, combine mint, basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, onion, celery, and cashews. Set aside.

Step 3

In a 4-qt. pot about 10 in. in diameter, heat vegetable oil until it registers 360° on a candy thermometer.

Step 4

While oil is heating, slice calamari tubes in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Lay each half flat, inside up, and gently score across the half 3 or 4 times with the point of a knife. Turn the half 90° and score 3 or 4 times across the first score marks to make a grid pattern (think tic-tac-toe). Halve and score the remaining tubes the same way. Put in a small bowl with tentacles. Set aside.

Step 5

In another small bowl, combine all-purpose flour, rice flour, 1 tsp. salt, and the cayenne. Drop the calamari pieces into the flour mixture, turning to coat well.

Step 6

Working in 3 batches, fry squid 4 to 5 minutes per batch, or until pieces are curled and light brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fried calamari to a large plate lined with several folded paper towels and sprinkle lightly with salt to taste. Allow oil temperature to return to 360° between batches.

Step 7

Add the warm calamari to the herb-cashew mixture and pour half of the dressing over it. Toss gently just until coated. Serve salad immediately, with remaining dressing on the side.

Step 8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

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