What defines a salad as a salad?? My dear old Mum [rest her soul] would ‘make a bit of salad’ which constituted some round lettuce, quartered tomatoes, sliced cucumber, chunks of celery and some Heinz Salad Cream. To me that is barely even a garnish!
My computers dictionary defines it as A cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish or other ingredients.
One of the online dictionaries details it as A dish of raw leafy green vegetables, often tossed with pieces of other raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, cheese, or other ingredients and served with a dressing. Or A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise.
For me, if I am making a ‘substantial’ salad the concoction will consist of
- Lettuce – iceberg and one other
- Tomatoes – cherry usually, halved
- Onion – either a red onion or salad onions chopped
- Corn – either canned sweet corn or baby corns sliced
- Carrot – chopped or grated
- Bell Pepper – diced, which ever colour suits
- Cress – looks like grass tastes mustard like
Dressing can be
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salad Cream
- Italian vinaigrette
Making a meal of it I may also toss through
- New potatoes, buttered or
- pasta or
- Tuna or
- Ham or
- Strong cheese, grated
I find it a dish that takes a lot of preparing, a lot of chewing and a lot of tidying up after. I do enjoy the crunching and tastes, but rarely buy the necessary ingredients because so often they don’t keep, those are the pit falls of being a singleton who grocery shops infrequently. That is why I stopped buying potatoes, because they’d become another life form in the veg box before I got round to eating one – that reminds me, note to self, muck out the veg box.
My taste buds are thinking they’d really relish some, but tough, they’re going to wait a couple of weeks before I do my next order, by which time the current spell of warm summery elements will have passed and I’ll be craving something else.