Salad is so in vogue nowadays that it seems to have been created recently, but in fact the Greeks and Romans already appreciated it. The word salad comes from the Latin salāta, which means "having been salted". The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word salad is the green one (made with raw leaf vegetables seasoned with vinaigrette), but there are many different kinds of salads. They can be made with other vegetables, tubercles, grains, noodles and fruits.
Despite being very good for our health raw leaves salad still has its enemies. Among those enemies there are a lot of kids, some men and older people that came from countries where eating salad wasn’t a habit. My mom told me that her older relatives that came from Poland refused to eat salad, saying that raw green leaves were cow’s food and probably bad for humans. The problem with kids is that they simply don’t trust anything green and find this kind of food bitter and unpleasant. The men who usually don’t like salad say it’s a girly, not fulfilling food.
I believe people who don’t like salad never tasted a good one. A well-done salad, made with fresh leaves and ingredients that complement each other and add different textures and flavors, seasoned with a good dressing, would be appreciated by anybody. It’s not so hard…you add cheese and conquer some kids, with some cooked vegetables you might make up your grandfather’s mind, finally a little bacon and your salad is not so girly anymore!
Some salads have the ingredients so well combined that became famous worldwide, like: Caesar Salad, Coleslaw, Cobb salad, Greek Salad, Panzanella, Niçoise, Waldorf, Tabuleh.
I have a recipe for a salad made with salmon and baby greens with an asian sauce that's to die for! Check out the video:
Tiradito de Salmão
Tiradito de Salmão