Fast foods like Pizzas, Burgers and Sandwiches are turning out to be an integral part of today’s life. Another favorite that is making its way and finding a place for itself among the present day Indian kitchen is the Salad. Whether you are a vegetarian or a non -vegetarian, there is always salad to delight every palate on the dining table. One can gauge the popularity of salads from the new Salad Bars that are springing up at the metros at vantage points to the delight of both young and old.
The goodness of Salad
The word salad comes from the french word “Salade” and the Latin word “Salta” which means salty. Usually salads are made out of a mixture of uncooked vegetables with its base as green leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, cabbage etc. Boiled cauliflower can also form a part of the salad.
You have other common vegetables which can be included in the salad such as , tomato, cucumber, capsicum, onion, spring onion, carrot, radish etc. In fact ,tomato and cucumber are the permanent members of the salad family. Without them, you cannot call a salad as a “SALAD”. Mushroom may also be added into a salad. Salad is supposed to accompany the main dish. Many people add cooked potatoes, pasta, steamed beans, noodles and cheese to salads and it then becomes another main dish. Some have converted it into a non-vegetarian dish by adding shredded chicken etc.
A salad however, is incomplete without the dressing which adds to its appetizing flavor, zest- giving quality , as also the power and tang to it. Normally, a dressing is a sauce which has either curd, lime juice, vinegar or something similar as its base to which different condiments and herbs are added.
Salad is an art
Salad dressing is an art in itself. It has a long history dating back to ancient times. It is said that Chinese have been using soya sauce for salad dressing for more than 2000 years. History says that Babylonians used oil and vinegar as dressing around the same time. Romans are said to have used Worcestershire sauce from the time of Julius Caesar. There are many more ways of dressing , but then too much of dressing can take away or mask the flavor of the main ingredients. As a word of caution, never overdress the salads. Toss in just adequate dressing to give an added flavor and serve if you can immediately.
As said earlier, salad was an accompaniment with the main course of food item in the past, but today salads are becoming an exclusive dish by themselves.A store house of nutrients in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals, Salad brings forth a healthy way to add to your daily menu.