Lettuce View Dinner Through Centuries of Green Innocence.Jello Salads – (Family Traditions!) / April 15, 2016
The word “salad” comes from the French word salade which is derived from the Latin salata (salty), from sal (salt). In English, the word salad first appeared in the 14th century. Salt is associated with the term because vegetables were seasoned with brine, or salty oil and vinegar dressings during Roman times.
Since then we have indeed consumed a great deal of this green stuff. No doubt because it can be tossed, torn, or julienned, served hot, tepid or cold, and be our main course, first course, or only course! The term, “salad bar” first appeared in 1976. I recall Wendy’s being one of the first fast-food restaurants to offer this display of make-your-own-bowl of everything. Even more interesting, the term “salad days,” was first used by Shakespeare in 1606 to mean a notion of “green,” or a time of “youthful inexperience.”1
Perhaps that’s how some people feel in the kitchen, “inexperienced,” and throwing things in a bowl with a head of lettuce and some briny Kraft dressing seems to be all we needed to feel like we’ve made a home-cooked meal.
Let’s think about it this way instead: I find it to be one of the foundations of creativity. And the canvas for so much more than the receptacle of briny dressing. I’d like to convey to you that this is your platform for experimentation of the most inestimable kind. Take this salad featured in the post for instance, that blends the fruity and acidic elements of grapefruit, with the smooth sweetness of pears, the creaminess of goat cheese, the crunch of toasted pecans and the umami of a dressing with fresh ginger, lemon, garlic and jalapeno all into a fairly sophisticated expression of tossed food. Topped with the mellow and mildly pickled sweetness of white onions and accented with the peppery notes of cilantro this “greenery” just went from lull you to sleep, to LEGENDARY.
Get the recipe here and begin raising yourself from youthful inexperience to rock-star-salad-maker in no time.
1. Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salad