Salad Without Plates

Turn salad into fun-to-eat finger food for buffets or cocktail parties by serving it in edible containers or on toothpick skewers.

Parmesan frico cups are perfect edible vehicles for bites of Caesar salad. Or serve chopped Caesar or Cobb salad in a lettuce leaf. "Individual endive leaves are a great portable way for serving salads and are perfectly sized to be a few bites," notes cookie44. goodhealthgourmet fills mini bell peppers with bean salads.

Make edible bowls from small tortilla rounds or egg roll wrappers by draping them over muffin tins or shot glasses and baking them until crisp; you can fill them with taco salad or Chinese chicken salad, respectively.

Build a Caprese salad on toothpicks by alternating bocconcini, cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves, or alternate cucumber chunks, with cherry tomatoes, pieces of red onion, and feta cheese for Greek salad; offer an oregano vinaigrette for dipping.

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