When you're serving h'ors d'oeuvres or finger foods, salads can be a bit cumbersome to eat. Putting salad on a stick is an easy and appetizing way to serve bite-sized versions of your favorite salads.
All you need are your favorite salad ingredients cut into bite sized pieces and small appetizer skewers to convert your favorite salads into a party-perfect appetizer..
Making the Salad
Step 1: Choose a Salad
Choose a salad with chunky ingredients that work well on skewers like olives, cucumbers, cheese, or tomatoes.
Step 2: Identify the Key Ingredients
You may not have enough room on the h'ors d'oeuvres fork to fit all the salad components, so try to narrow it down to the parts of the salad that make it distinguishable. For example, you can tell a Greek salad by the olives, cucumber and feta cheese. A Waldorf salad is most identifiable by its grapes, apples, celery and walnuts.
Step 3: Spear the Ingredients Onto a Skewer
The order of ingredients is entirely up to you. However, leafy ingredients are best held together between two heavier ingredients, and soft cheeses that crumble easily are best for the very bottom of the skewer.
To make your salads even more eye-catching, try alternating colors when putting them on the fork. For example, put a red strawberry between an orange-colored cube of papaya and orange-colored cube of cantaloupe.
Step 4: Add Dressing (Optional)
Because salad skewers have fewer leaf ingredients than a normal salad, you may find that dressing isn't necessary. However, you can drizzle dressing over the skewers once they're plated for added flavor.
Salad on a Stick Ideas
The simplicity of a Caprese salad makes it a perfect candidate for salad skewers. Spear cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and balls of good mozzarella and then drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, or enjoy as is.
Some groceries sell pre-marinated mozzarella, which can add some extra zest to your Caprese.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
Sweet strawberries pair well with creamy goat cheese and basil adds a punch of herbal flavor. Add a leaf of red lettuce for added color and texture. Finish it off with a slight drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Goat cheese is a very soft cheese, especially when warm. If necessary, pinch the ball of goat cheese to the end of the fork to keep it from falling off.
Prosciutto Melon Salad
A simple cantaloupe and prosciutto salad is a refreshing Italian classic. Enhance this combination by adding basil for a fresh, contrasting flavor and mozzarella to balance the texture. With such a complete range of flavors, you don't even need dressing.
Greek salad is comprised mainly of chunky simple ingredients, making it easy to put on a stick. Refreshing cucumber mellows compliment the salty Kalamata olive and Feta cheese, and the acid from the tomato gives the whole salad a satisfying tang. Drizzle with olive oil or Goddess dressing.
Be generous with the Feta cheese, and not just because it's delicious. Feta crumbles easily, and smaller chunks may not stay on the tip of the skewer.
There's no rule for making a fruit salad (except, of course, to involve fruit), and everyone has their own recipe and combination of ingredients. Shop for your favorite seasonal fruits and you're sure to have a hit.