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

Andino’s

PROVIDENCE, RI

Champlin’s Seafood Deck

NARRAGANSETT, RI

Iggy’s of Narragansett

NARRAGANSETT, 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

Iggy’s Doughboys And Chowder House | Rhode Island Eats

WARWICK, RI

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