This Italian Seafood Salad is a family tradition at the holidays. Packed full of seven different types of seafood and flavored simply, this salad goes perfectly with any pasta dish and of course a good wine. This salad is perfect for your Italian Christmas Eve traditions and for the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Italian Seafood Salad for Christmas Eve
This Italian Seafood Salad is inspired by my husband’s grandmother, who makes the most amazing seafood salad every year for Christmas Eve. Since moving to Utah, we have really missed our holiday celebrations with that side of the family. In the hopes of passing on those time honored traditions, I also now make this fish salad for our family’s Christmas Eve. Of course, I can only hope it lives up to Gram’s standards!
Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve which includes dishes made with seafood and no meat. Traditionally, our family has some sort of pasta dish, a green salad, as well as this seafood salad for dinner. To honor the feast, I make my salad with seven different kinds of seafood. It includes lobster, shrimp, scallops, halibut, calamari, mussels, and clams.
How to Make Italian Seafood Salad
- First, soak your mussels and clams to clean out any sand and discard any that have cracked or open shells that don’t close when you give them a tap. This means they aren’t alive and they need to be tossed.
- Next, poach your seafood, one at a time in the poaching liquid. Keep the liquid at a low boil and be careful not to overcook the seafood; they don’t take long to cook.
- While your seafood chills in the fridge, make your dressing. Sauté some garlic, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper in oil. Then add some of your poaching liquid, garlic powder and lemon juice and zest.
- Let the dressing cool while you prepare your seafood. Remove everything from their shells, if needed, and chop it up into similar sized pieces.
- Mix your seafood with the olives, fresh parsley and then toss with the dressing.
- This salad is best served chilled for a least a couple hours, or overnight to let those flavors really infuse together!
More Italian Food for Christmas…
If you want to have some delicious pasta to go along with your salad, then try some of these tasty recipes:
- Homemade Spinach Fettuccine
- Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Penne
- The Perfect Classic Italian Lasagna
- Carbonara Mac and Cheese
Lastly, if you make this Italian Seafood Salad, be sure to leave a comment and give it a rating. I love to hear from each and every one of you! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as well, if you make any of my recipes. It makes my day to see all of your photos of the food you have made.