Salads are generally greens mixed together, flavored by salty dressings and such. They are served as entrees and sometimes as a side dish, while some prefer having them as light snacks. They are easy to make at home and with their multiple health benefits, consuming a serving of leafy greens each day can be one of the best habits to get into your life. With a variety of ingredients of vegetables, greens, and fruits, salads have come a long way. Today, salads are no more considered boring and bland.
Dressings have helped salads by giving them a new tasty twist. Aside from the crunchy texture of the salads and the nutritious benefits, salad is only refreshing when all the ingredients are complementing each other by blending them with one another. Dressings such as mayonnaise and vinaigrette, bind the salad components well and also provide flavor, tartness, spiciness, and moistness.
Salads are truly the number one dish to have for all-day long energy – and who isn’t interested in a bit more energy and vitality?
While salads can be prepared to be bitter, salty, sweet, or sour, let’s look into the origin stories of this green goodness.
The Origin Story
The history of salads goes back to the times of Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians. While they were eaten with par-boiled or raw vegetables mixed well with a sauce, the most preferred sauce or a binding agent was oil and vinegar in the old times.
Cooks and chefs from those times combined a variety of ingredients along with certain exotic condiments. This often led to the types of salads we enjoy now. The combination of these ingredients ranged from potatoes to egg slices. As time went by, some of the ingredients remained the same. The basic ingredients included oil, vinegar, lemon juice, egg yolk, spices, and herbs.
Experimenting with these basic ingredients resulted in the making of some amazing salad recipes. In order to keep the salad fresh and moist, dressings were introduced. Salad dressings added flavor and decreased the common bitterness present in certain greens. Dressings such as mayonnaise and butter made salads more palatable. Common salad dressings include herb-soaked oils and ground spices.
Let us look into the origin stories of some common salad recipes around the world.
Caesar salad was first invented in Mexico by a restaurateur Caesar Cardini. Caesar salad originally comprised raw egg, croutons, garlic, romaine, green olives, parmesan cheese, herbs, and spices — dressed in oil and vinegar. Some recipes contain anchovy fillets, too.
Yet another invention of a restaurateur called Bob Cobb in 1926, Cobb Salad is a way to use up leftovers. The original recipe for Cobb Salad included avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and Roquefort cheese.
Thousand Island Salad
This salad was named after the Thousand Island region of upstate New York. Made from bits of green olives, peppers, pickles, onions, hard-boiled eggs, and other finely chopped ingredients, thoroughly dressed in mayonnaise and chilli sauce, this vibrant salad is said to memorialize the Thousand Islands in the Saint Lawrence River.
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