In honor of National Salad Month (thanks to Lori for bringing this month-long celebration to my attention!), I’ve dug up some lesser known factoids about salads. (I’m not really sure what the difference between a ‘fact’ and a ‘factoid’ is, but I like the word factoid better, so we’re going with that.) Note all factoids courtesy of wikipedia (oh, how I love you) and should thus be taken with a grain of salt.
1. The word “salad” comes from the french salade, and first appeared in English in the 14th century. Etymology also includes the Latin salata and sal, both words for salt, because in roman times, vegetables were seasoned with brine.
2. A salad can be: vegetables, pastas, legumes, grains, or a mixture of one or more these. They can contain meat, fruit, vegetables, and grains.They may be served hot or cold and can include raw or cooked food. Katie’s note: I like a big fat salad full of raw veggies for lunch, but my dinner “salads” (aka veggie bowls) are generally cooked.
3. Sde Warburg, in Israel, holds the Guiness World Record for the largest lettuce salad. It weighed in at 10, 260 kg, and was sold in (smaller) bowls to benefit a rehab village for those with physical and cognitive disabilities. This salad raised over $25,000.
4. Midwesterners are renowned for their bastardization of salads, and the Midwest is home to such monstrosities as the Snickers salad. Hey, it’s got fruit in it, it must be healthy right? Katie note: I can make fun of this because I am from the midwest and though I have never had Snickers salad, I have had many a cool whip and fruit salad in my day. And yes, we consider it “salad” and not “dessert”.
- 2 ounces canned tuna (or salmon or mashed chickpeas)
- 1/2- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 T lemon juice
- 1-2 t mustard
- 1/4 t dried dill
- salt and pepper
Mix everything in a bowl and heat.
I served mine with a side of roasted veggies, which I think is a salad in it’s own right. Brussels, red onion, banana squash, and parsnip fries. With ketchup and mustard for dipping, obviously.
New veggie of the week: parsnips.
Verdict: They actually tasted like french fries, and were great on my lunch salad the next day. I’m a fan.
Do you order salads when you go out to eat or do you feel like they are a waste of money?
Has anyone ever had Snickers salad?