Octopus Salad with Peppers and Olives

Have you ever tried Octopus? I know that it’s a difficult ingredient for most of the people but for Greeks it’s almost something like a.. trademark. We use it in many many recipes and it's a must have dish on every table to a Greek Tavern near the sea... Today I have a simple and delicious salad for you..
Now if you buy a frozen octopus then most likely it will be already cleaned so you don’t have to do any work on it.
If you find it fresh and you are that brave; then here is a link to my Greek Blog (I know it will be all Greek to you) you can see the pictures (and even try the translate button) to see how I get it cleaned (Its really easy).
This salad must be prepared one or two days before serving, so that the aromas come together and marinate the ingredients.


1 octopus (about 1 pound)
150 ml white wine vinegar
150 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 star anise
1 tbsp of mustard
For the salad
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
4 green onions chopped
1/3 cup Kalamata or Green olives, sliced into rings
Salt - Pepper

How to make

Rinse the octopus thoroughly and place it in a pot  (without any water or oil), add the bay leaf and star anise and cook over very low heat for 45 minutes.
Add the oil and vinegar and continue cooking for 20 minutes more or until the octopus become tender.
Remove the octopus from the pot, add the mustard and incorporate into the sauce,  let it cool and cut it into pieces. Place in a bowl and pour on top the liquid  from the pan.
For the salad
Cut the peppers and onions into pieces. Put them in a bowl, add the parsley, olives and octopus.
Toss and add salt and pepper. Let the salad one night to develop the flavors and taste it for seasoning (salt, pepper, oil, vinegar) before serving.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I do not eat octopus...never got into it...but the photo sure looks tempting :-)

  2. this is a lovely colourful salad I haven't had like this with octopus

  3. I like octopus, but have never made it at all. Thx for sharing a recipe so that i can rectify that!

    1. Oh yes you should try and make it, it's really easy and delicious!

  4. We eat octopus as if it's just a regular fish or something... :-) We eat for sushi, salad, just name it...pretty much everything. So happy to see octopus recipes other than Japanese way of cooking because I'm repeating same recipes over the years. This salad looks wonderful!!

    1. The truth is that I was thinking of you Nami when I was posting this recipe. I remember your comment on the squid dish. I feel happy too when I see other recipes from different cultures that use the same ingredients!
      Hugs Nami!

    2. Hehee happy to hear that Eri! :-) I'll eat lots of octopus and squid when I'm in Japan soon... =)

  5. I love octopus never tried it with bell peppers. Mostly I make a similar salad without the bell peppers or I eat it with pasta...Yummy recipe that you showed here!

    1. thank you so much my friend, I'm happy that you liked it!

  6. That's a very beautiful and colourful looking octopus salad and I'm sure it must be very tasty too. xx

  7. I love to eat octopus out at restaurants but have yet to make it at home! This salad looks delicious.

  8. Sicilians and the Greeks have so much in common with their cuisine...especially seafood, since it's so obtainable, and very fresh from the ocean. When we lived in Sicily for a few years, nearly 30 years ago, my husband's family would always make octopus dishes at least once or twice a week. The salad version such as yours, is the favorite way I love to eat it. We cannot get nice octopus here, locally, but I do love to make squid salad, which is almost identical to the way you make it!

    Thanks for sharing your amazing, colorful, and totally delicious salad, brings back such wonderful memories from Sicily:DDD

  9. Wow thats a nice looking salad, love the textures and flavours in those

  10. We love octopus! And your salad looks wonderful, I'm sure that we will finish a plate of this salad in no time! Lovely!

  11. Eri, if you say it's good, I trust you but..... octopus has always made me a little squeamish, maybe if you made it for me.........I love all the other ingredients!

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