We called this recipe ‘real octopus salad’ to emphasise to all our friends who love cooking and gastronomy that there is a fundamental difference between the ‘true’ octopus and an animal called ‘moscardino’ in Italian, ‘eledone’ in English, which is undoubtedly also very good. Remember that the real octopus has eight tentacles equipped with two rows of suckers on each, while the tentacles of the eledone has only one row of suckers. Even so, if you love seafood and want to try this recipe, don’t be afraid because it's really easy! You just need to follow our instructions in order to keep the octopus as tender as possible, but if you follow our tips you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the famous ‘real octopus salad’.
Get a real octopus: make sure there are eight tentacles, each with a double row of suckers, which confirm its identity. Beat him slightly. Boil a pot with water, a splash of vinegar, some celery, carrots and a bay leaf. When the water is boiling, submerge and remove the octopus from the water quickly three times, then immerse it completely and simmer for 20 minutes for each half kg of weight. Once cooked, let it cool in the water, then remove and cut into pieces. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, parsley and salt.