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A Brief History of Salad Through Time

Salad dates back to Ancient Roman and Greek times, when raw vegetables would be seasoned with salt, herbs, and vinegar, and served as an appetizer or side dish. As time went on, salad recipes became more complicated and distinct types of salad emerged.

Tossing salad ingredients with a dressing and serving the results on a plate went out of vogue near the end of the 1800s, when it was considered messy to serve salad in this way. The popular home economics and domestic science movement encouraged housewives to serve their salads in “orderly presentations” which meant separating the ingredients, organizing them and getting the presentation spot-on.

Gelatin Molded Salads and Jell-O ® Salad Recipes

Molded Jell-O ® salad recipes and gelatin mold salads were incredibly popular, perhaps because they offered a way to suspend the salad ingredients in a gelatin layer and also adding flavor and texture. The sign of a refined household at the time was not to serve a “messy” plateful of green salad leaves but to organize and arrange them artistically.

Cooking experts investigated different ways to make salads more artistic and elaborate and, like the housewives of that era, agreed they could get maximum control using gelatin to mold the salad.

A Brief History of Salad Through TimeTossed salads came back into fashion a short while later. Modern salads range from a basic lettuce, cucumber and tomato mixture with bottled dressing, to exotic salads with crisp noodles, unusual fruits, flavored croutons, gourmet seafood and more.

Defining Modern Salads

A salad in the Roman days would have been green with cheese, bread and a dressing made with vinegar, a fish paste called “garum,” olive oil, garlic, and salt. Black pepper was sometimes used but it used to be costly so it was rare. A modern salad, on the other hand, can take so many forms and feature all kinds of ingredients and ingredient combinations. The easiest way to define a modern salad is probably to say it is a combination of greens, vegetables and some kind of dressing, but even that can be too generalized.

Not every salad features lettuce or greens and some do not even feature vegetables (a good example being tuna salad or egg salad). It is a mistake to believe that every salad contains a dressing too. Insalata tricolore is a famous Italian salad and that is made with mozzarella, basil and tomato only. So it is more difficult to say what exactly constitutes a salad. Suffice it to say there is a salad for every occasion and palate.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra


Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.


I have collected lots of salad recipes all in one place, to make finding the perfect salad for the occasion as convenient and easy as possible. Making a special salad can take as few as 5 minutes or you might be using freshly grilled seafood or meat as some of the ingredients, or adding other special touches.


Whether you are looking for a chicken salad or egg salad recipe, something international or unusual, or an elegant salad for a dinner party, you will find it all here. We have salads for carnivores and vegetarians, and also plenty of sensational salad dressings for you to consider. So take a look at some of our exciting salad recipes and choose something amazing to impress your family with.


Thanks for visiting,


Christine

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