Croatian Octopus Salad

Octopus salad is one of the most delicious representatives of Croatian cuisine. Seasoned with homemade olive oil and red wine vinegar with a dash of salt and fresh grated black pepper, makes this salad vibrant and refreshing.

As for many dishes, this one also has many combinations. I make mine simple to indulge the octopus flavor to the fullest. Other variants have additions of boiled potatoes or tomatoes. When you visit Croatia, don’t forget to try in many restaurants on Dalmatian coast. In the meanwhile, prepare it yourself! The taste will transfer you to a terrace somewhere on the Adriatic, watching the sunset and enjoying a glass of white wine 😉


  • 1 previously frozen octopus
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in small cubes
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • handful green/black olives
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • red wine vinegar to taste
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • wine cork


  1. Put the octopus into a large pot of water along with bay leaves and wine cork and bring to a boil. The wine cork will ensure tenderness of the octopus.
  2. Once it boils, lower the temperature to medium-low and cover the pot. Cook the octopus until tender, depending on its size.
  3. Cooked and cooled octopus chop in small bite size pieces.
  4. Place the octopus on a serving plate and add capers, olives, onion and garlic.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Mix well. I like plenty of olive oil for dunking the bread 😃

Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite bread. This salad goes perfectly with bruschetta, garlic bread or focaccia! If you like, garnish with finely chopped parsley.

What is your favorite seafood salad?



It was one of those everything-is-possible moments.
The moment of self-realization and unity with nature.

The ground became the sky and the sky became the ground.
We became the pieces of everything.

With an apocalypse-like thunderstorm only kilometres away and heading our way, I fiddled with the camera’s settings, trying to get some lightnings in frame, like a good-boy-photographer should.

Luckily (for this shot, at least), I’m not a good-boy-photographer (I’m not a bad-boy-photographer either, I think…), so half of my eye was on this beauty here.

When I sensed her relaxing like never before, I forgot everything about the lightning catching and used my secret silent-ninja-sneak-run to get to the shoot position without scaring her. I felt like a wild-life photographer for the first time…

Being in unity with everything helped. Nature played along!
When too-slow-for-hand-held shutter released, nature released a lightning shock too.
“Now that’s why she was recharging here”, I finally figured when the image appeared on the screen.

I believe everyone wishes, at least from time to time, for an energy burst like this.

So rest your eyes on this, recharge and come back winning! 😀

Do you think this one was worth repeating?