How To Make Ice Water Salad At Home

Ice Water Salad

Does anybody fancy a crunchy salad with a delicious fish and garlic dressing, toasted walnuts, and freshly shaved parmesan? Yeah, me too. The ice water salad is exactly that. Actually, I was giving you the recipe summary of the ice water salad. Guilty!

 But the salad is actually absolutely amazing (*the alliteration expresses my excitement*). This is a great salad to make for Thanksgiving or just on a regular day. You just have to cut the vegetables, dress them, and serve.

The ice water salad is actually a make-ahead salad. What I mean by that is you have to do all the prep a long time before making the salad. Now, you must be wondering, why the name ‘ice water salad’? 

Actually, the vegetables are cut and immersed in ice-cold water. This keeps them fresh and also crunchy. This salad is nothing without the ‘crunch’. The vegetables are selected on the basis of their crunch. Then, they are immersed in ice water to enhance the said ‘crunch’. I am sorry if I said ‘crunch’ too much but you get the point. 

The salad is dressed with a Bangna Cauda dressing which is just a fancy name for anchovy and garlic dressing. There are also toasted walnuts and lemon juice. The lemon adds freshness to the salad and a little tang as well. The walnuts add a nuttiness and also add to the ‘crunch’.

Without saying ‘crunch’ any further, let’s move to the recipe for ice water salad. 

What Equipment Will You Need For Ice Water Salad?

  • Mandoline- Use the mandoline to thinly slice the vegetables. You want them as thick as a nickel. 
  • Salad Spinner- Use the salad spinner to immerse the vegetables in the ice water and then use it to dry the vegetables afterward. You can also use a large bowl and a colander instead if you don’t have a salad spinner. 
  • Large Bowl- Use the bowl to make the dressing and then the salad. 
  • Small Saucepan- Cook the anchovies and garlic in the saucepan. 
  • Rimmed Baking Sheet and Oven- Use the rimmed baking sheet and oven for roasting the walnuts. 
  • Mortar and Pestle- The mortar and pestle are used for mashing the anchovies and garlic. 
  • Knife and Wooden Spoon- Use the knife for chopping and the spoon for stirring and mixing. 

How Much Time Will You Need For Ice Water Salad?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
1 Hour15 Minutes1 Hour 15 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need For Ice Water Salad?

  • Mixed Crunched Vegetables- You need a mix of vegetables that are crunchy and will get crunchier once immersed in an ice bath. I’d suggest you use fennel, radishes, turnips, beets, and carrots for this salad.
  • Walnuts-Add toasted and chopped to the salad to add nuttiness to the salad.
  • Garlic and Anchovy Fillets- The dressing is made by cooking a paste of anchovies and garlic cloves. 
  • Parmesan-  Add shaved parmesan on top of the salad to add cheesy goodness to its taste.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil- A little virgin olive oil goes into the dressing to cook anchovies and garlic. 
  • Lemon Juice- Freshly squeezed lemon juice does wonders to a salad. It adds freshness and tang to the salad. 
  • Kosher Salt- Add salt to the dressing to season it. 
ice water salad with lemons

Steps To Make Ice Water Salad

1. It’s Time For An Ice Bath

Add ice water and your sliced veggies into the salad spinner. Keep them in the fridge for an hour. If you are short on time, keep them in the ice water bath for at least 15 minutes. You can keep them in the ice water for as long as 6 hours.  If you are keeping the veggies in the ice bath for more than 1 hour, make sure you cover them. 

2. Wrestle The Pestle

Use the mortar and pestle to make a smooth paste of the anchovies and garlic. Add this paste to a small saucepan and cook it with ⅓ cup of oil for 3 minutes until the garlic turns brown. Then, transfer it to a large bowl.

3. Go Nuts!

Now, lay the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and roast them in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. When they are roasted, take them out and chop them into small bits. Add these bits to the bowl. Also, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice to the bowl and mix.

4. Out Of The Fridge, Into The Bowl

Take out the veggies from the fridge and drain the water. Take out any ice bits there are and then dry the vegetables. Add the veggies to the dressing bowl and toss them to cover them well with the dressing.

After that, add half of the parmesan to the bowl and toss again.

5. Your Salad Is Served

Put your salad on a serving plate and top with the remaining parmesan. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it and sprinkle some black pepper. Your salad is ready!

How Will The Ice Water Salad Look And Taste Like?

The salad looks rather colorful with all the sliced colorful vegetables. I don’t think I need to mention the crunch that it gets by being immersed in ice water. The dressing adds a very intense flavor to the salad which blends well. The lemon juice adds freshness and the chopped walnuts add nuttiness to the salad. 

Recipe Card

ice water salad in a plate

Ice Water Salad Recipe

If you want to eat a crunchy and fresh salad, you should try the ice water salad. It is made with delicious crunchy vegetables that are kept in an ice bath. The dressing is a smooth paste of anchovy and garlic. The salad is a make-ahead one and doesn't need hectic cooking hours.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Perky Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Mandoline
  • Salad Spinner
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Saucepan
  • Rimmed Baking Sheet
  • Oven
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Knife and Wooden Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • ½ lb. Mixed Crunched Vegetables (thinly sliced) (Fennel, Radishes, Turnips, Beets, and Carrots)
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 2 large cloves Garlic
  • 5 oil-packed Anchovy Fillets
  • 2 oz. shaved Parmesan (divided)
  • cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Kosher Salt

Instructions
 

  • Add ice water and your sliced veggies into the salad spinner. Keep them in the fridge for an hour. If you are short on time, keep them in the ice water bath for at least 15 minutes. You can keep them in the ice water for as long as 6 hours.
  • Meanwhile, use a mortar and pestle to make a smooth paste of the oil-packed anchovies and garlic. Put this paste in a small saucepan along with some salt and oil. Cook this mixture until the garlic turns brown for about 3-4 minutes. After that, transfer this dressing to a large bowl.
  • Take a rimmed baking sheet and lay the walnuts on it. Roast the walnuts for about 9-10 in an oven that has been preheated to 325℉. When they are roasted, let them cool and then chop them into small bits.
  • Add the chopped walnuts to the bowl with the dressing. Also, pour lemon juice over it and mix.
  • Now, take the salad spinner out of the fridge and drain the water. Then, spin the vegetables and dry them out completely.
  • Add the vegetable slices to the bowl and toss them so that they get covered with the dressing perfectly. Add half of the parmesan and toss again.
  • Now, serve the salad and top it with the remaining parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of black pepper.
Keyword Ice Water, Ice Water Salad, Salads
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