This nish nosh salad recipe is utterly addicting. Fresh lettuce, crunchy nish nosh crackers, and a sweet and tangy dressing are the PERFECT marriage. You’ll see.
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Today I’m sharing my absolutely favorite recipe for nish nosh salad. Some of you grew up with nish nosh salad, and some of you have no idea what the heck I am talking about. Don’t worry, this recipe is for both of you. Trust me.
Every time I make this salad, it’s gone. GONE. Which is actually kinda embarrassing given my upbringing. I learned from my grandma at an early age that you MUST make AT LEAST triple the amount of food that you really need. AT LEAST. If you’re having 3 people for dinner, cook for 9. If you’re having 9 people, cook for 27. If you’re having 27 people, cook for a million.
Now of course there is a completely logical reason to Grandma’s rule. If somebody wants another serving of mashed potatoes—for example—but they see there’s just a small portion left, then maybe they won’t take any more. This is where it starts—and it’s a valid and thoughtful point. But it somehow gets twisted to mean that if there’s less than half left, then they 100% won’t take anymore, and they’ll leave the meal starving, and they’ll wither away in hunger and never think of you the same way again. Makes perfect sense…right?
So this is the source of the sickness, a.k.a my compulsion to make wayyyyyy to much food. The good news is, we love leftovers. The not-so-good-news is, I DO feel like it’s a total embarrassment if one of my dishes is finished. I way overcook to avoid this from ever happening God forbid, but it does happen sometimes…with dishes like nish nosh salad.
Nish nosh salad is my true go-to salad recipe because everybody loves it. Always. I even found a way to make it for Passover with potato starch crackers. That’s how much I rely on this salad.
What makes nish nosh salad such a crowd-pleaser is the irresistible combination of fresh lettuce, crunchy cabbage, and colorful red onion and cherry tomatoes. Then comes the best part…NISH NOSH! Move over croutons—nish nosh crackers are exactly what your salad has been missing all its life.
Nish nosh refers to a specific brand of sour cream and onion crackers. The brand is Beigel and Beigel, and they are called Cracker Crisps. You can find them in many grocery stores in the kosher section, and I’ve even included a picture of exactly what you are looking for since I care about you and your nish nosh salad:
It seems that Nish Nosh is no longer written on the package, so that’s not confusing at all….?
I’m not sure which is better about this salad—the crackers or the dressing. I’ve tried many recipes for nish nosh dressing and this one is hands down the best. Scouts honor. It’s a magical combination of sweet and tangy that is pure bliss. And when you add it to a salad covered in sour cream and onion crackers, the results are just uncanny.
I would recommend running to the store and buying 2 bags of nish nosh crackers ASAP. Avoid the rookie mistake of buying just 1 bag of crackers and thinking you’ll just make a small batch of nish nosh salad. If you choose to not listen, you will definitely find yourself in the car rushing for another bag approximately 2 minutes after you try this salad. It’s that good. Enjoy!
- Salad Ingredients:
- 3 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
- ½ bag purple cabbage
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ small red onion, diced
- ⅔ (11 ounce) bag nish nosh crackers, slightly crushed
- Dressing Ingredients:
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed (I use frozen garlic cubes)
- 1 tsp dijon mustard (regular mustard is okay too)
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- Add dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shake until creamy and combined.
- Combine lettuce, purple cabbage, cherry tomatoes, and red onion in a large serving bowl.
- Top with crushed nish nosh crackers and dressing, adding dressing in batches to avoid overdressing. Toss to combine and serve immediately. Enjoy!