Molecular salad is a thing, and this TikTok chef has the recipe

TikTok chef Michael Ligier (@ligier) recently shared a recipe for a dish he calls a “molecular salad” . In the video, Ligier shares how he used molecular gastronomy techniques to transform traditional salad ingredients into something truly unique. If you’re new to molecular gastronomy, it’s a culinary discipline in which chefs use food science to whip up creative and unusual recipes. The first step, Ligier explains, is creating fake caviar using agar powder, balsamic vinegar and kumquat juice. Next, he finely chops his salad ingredients, including lettuce, bell peppers and pine nuts. Next, he finely chops his salad ingredients, including lettuce, bell peppers and pine nuts. Finally, he tosses the veggies, balsamic vinegar caviar and some high-quality olive oil into an edible film capsule, which he folds and seals with heat. The final product is a transparent triangular packet that looks more like a spring roll than a salad. Many commenters thought Ligier’s molecular salad looked appetizing. Some viewers were more skeptical, noting that the salad was too small to be a satisfying snack