A salad is a dish of leafy greens that is served as part of a meal that also contains other foods, such as salad dressing or almonds, in addition to the greens. The green vegetables are combined with raw or cold-cooked items such as tomatoes or onions, which have been chopped into tiny pieces before being mixed together. Last but not least, the vegetables are seasoned with vinaigrette and placed on a dish beside the salad.
While the promotion of mankind's greatest vegetable invention dates back to the Roman Empire, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Food and Drink in America, it was not until the fourteenth century that it was first documented. When it was first created, it consisted of nutritious leafy greens combined with a salty, fatty sauce.
Salads are available for purchase in supermarkets, restaurants, and fast food restaurants, among other places. A salad bar is usually stocked with salad-making materials and salad-making ingredients with the purpose of allowing customers to create their own salads. More than $300 million was generated by salad restaurants in 2014, with salad restaurants earning more than $300 million in sales. Consumers' preference for bagged greens and salad kits over freshly chopped lettuce increased throughout the decade of the 2010s, with projected sales of bagged greens reaching $7 billion per year in the decade of the 2010.
To make a salad, you use the word salade, which is an abbreviation of the older Vulgar Latin herba salata (salted greens), which is a contraction of salata (salted). The name "salad" comes from the Latin salata (salted) (salt). The term "salad" or "sallet" appears in the English language for the first time in the 14th century.
Traditionally, garden salads are composed of leafy greens such as lettuce, arugula/rocket, kale, or spinach as a base; they have become so popular that the word "salad" is now often used to refer exclusively to garden salads (as opposed to other types of salad). Salads such as bean salads, tuna salads, fattoush salads, Greek salads (which are vegetable-based but lack leafy greens), and smen salads are also available (a noodle-based salad). Generally speaking, dressings are sauces that are used to flavor salads; the vast majority of salad dressings are prepared from a mixture of oil and vinegar, or from a fermented milk product such as kefir.
With buttermilk as the primary ingredient, ranch dressing ranks first in popularity among Americans, followed by vinaigrettes and Caesar-style dressing. Throughout France, vinaigrettes (typically made with mustard) are the traditional dressing; nevertheless, sour cream (Smetana) and mayonnaise are popular in Central and Eastern European countries, as well as in Russia. In Denmark, crème fraîche is widely used in the preparation of dressings. Around the world, salads are usually made with olive oil and vinegar, with the exception of southern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. Throughout Asia, a variety of ingredients such as sesame oil, fish sauce, citrus juice, and soy sauce are commonly utilized in salad dressings. In addition, salad dressings made with lemon juice, lime juice, and pumpkin seed oil are sometimes used as condiments.
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Allowing for year-round availability of vitamin A, vitamin C, and other nutrients, lettuce, spinach, and other salad greens are essential components of a nutritious diet. Antioxidants, Vitamin B6, and other nutrients are typically found in greater concentrations in red and dark green leafy vegetables than in lighter colored greens. Why is it essential to consume salad on a daily basis?