Snail Salad

Rhode Island loves its snail salad. It is a familiar presence on Italian menus, seafood menus, and chicken dinner hall menus, and a spotlight hors d’oeuvre at waterside picnic shacks as well as on linen tablecloths in fine dining rooms. To be clear, it is not a salad of garden snails. The creature in question is a sea snail, what south Floridians might recognize as conch – actually a very pretty mollusk in a spiral shell. It is boiled, its meat extracted and sliced thin, then mixed with olives, celery, onion, and spice and sopped in a marinade that is bright and usually quite garlicky. Snail salad frequently is served family-style as an hors d’oeuvre to be shared by all at the table.

Restaurants With This Dish

Kettle-hot doughboy, sheathed in granulated sugar
Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House | A Rhode Island Best

WARWICK, RI

Andino’s

PROVIDENCE, RI

Crisp-crusted fried chicken cutlet is blanketed with cheese and spicy red sauce
Mike’s Kitchen | Rhode Island Italian Seafood in the VFW Hall

CRANSTON, RI

Champlin’s Seafood Deck

NARRAGANSETT, RI

Iggy’s of Narragansett

NARRAGANSETT, RI

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