A group to share recipes for salads of all kinds. Anything that can be served room temperature or cold. Even hot salads are good!
It's harvest time and the thought of fresh local produce should entice you to eat more raw foods. SALAD here I come!!
Where did salad get its name from and why?
The basis for the word salad is 'sal', meaning salt. This was chosen because in ancient times, salt was often an ingredient in the dressing. Notes here: "Salad, a term derived from the Latin sal (salt), which yielded the form salata, 'salted things' such as the raw vegetables eaten in classical times with a dressing of oil, vinegar or salt. The word turns up in Old French as salade and then in late 14th century English as salad or sallet." ---Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford Univeristy Press:Oxford] 2nd edition, 2006 (p. 682)
"Etymologically, the key ingredient of salad, and the reason for its getting its name, is the dressing. The Romans were enthusiastic eaters of salads, many of their differing hardly at all from present-day ones--a simple selection of raw vegetables...--and they always used a dressing of some sort: oil, vinegar, and often brine. And hence the name salad, which comes from Vulgar Latin Herba salata, literally 'salted herb'." ---An A-Z of Food and Drink, John Ayto [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 2002 (p. 294)
Tomato season is upon us!