When I set out to make a salad, I had to make one that fits into my favorite meal category: food you eat with your hands! Welcome to Hand Salad, which is actually just all the components of a regular salad, but assembled in a way that is much more fun to eat. Consider this the french fry and ketchup of the salad community! For the produce, I like to pick out whatever looks freshest at the grocery or farmer’s market, in a variety of colors and textures. Lettuces are soft while carrots lend crunch, the radishes are bitter and the snap peas are sweet.
Of course, like most salads, the real stars of the show are the dressing and the cheese, and I’ve taken both over the top here. The green goddess dressing is packed with flavor between the herbs, capers, and lemon juice, and the cheese is fried into perfect, dippable nuggets. I call them cheese croutons, but let’s be honest, they are mini mozzarella sticks and it’s hard not to eat them all before touching a single vegetable.
There are a lot of pros to a hand salad, but here are a few of my favorites:
- It’s so, so customizable since you can pick out all of YOUR favorite vegetables!
- You don’t have to worry about over or under dressing the salad since everything is dipped.
- It’s perfect for get-togethers because your guests can take as much or as little of each component (instead of picking around that one thing in the salad they don’t want to admit they hate).