Some food trends have lasting power. They go from merely being a popular fad to a common part of our culture (for example: it looks like kale is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier). Other food trends are good ideas that nevertheless disappear after a few months (think: cronuts). Hand salad fails on both counts, and the internet is not getting behind the concept.
What exactly is a hand salad? We’re glad you asked. It’s a piece of lettuce dipped into salad dressing. That’s it. Oh, you can get really fancy and sprinkle it with cheese or use an artisanal type of dressing on organic lettuce if you really want to. But at the end of the day, it’s a wedge of lettuce dipped in dressing. Unsurprisingly, the internet has not fallen in love with this idea.
For reasons that remain a mystery, several large outlets have found this idea charming. Bon Appetit in particular has tried to promote the idea on a variety of social media. They’ve suggested it for parties, as if reinventing vegetables with ranch dip was something the world desperately needed.
Now, the people of the internet are known for liking some pretty weird and silly things, but they are just not feeling the hand salad. Social media responded with a variety of hilarious comments, ranging from asking if chips and dip counted as “hand cheese,” to demanding that Bon Appetit stop trying to reinvent crudités.
Look, we love food trends as much as (if not more than) the next person, but this one seems to be pushing it. Since when is dipping raw lettuce into dressing a “thing”? And did it really require a name that sounds weirdly inappropriate? Trust us — this is not the snack your next party needs.