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A delicate seasonal food it was enjoyed in summer only and not available year round until the 20th century when California grew and shipped head lettuce nationwide. No question foodie president Thomas Jefferson experimented with a number of varieties which were served daily to his family and dinner guests with vinaigrette dressing or a sprinkling of herbs and mayonnaise (his chef was French-trained). As Americans developed more sophisticated tastes traditional iceberg lettuce took a backseat to Romaine arugula endive radicchio and field greens. Originally these varieties were considered greens for the elite due to price and perishability. Of late retro salads are showing up with quarters of iceberg lettuce and dressing. For Boomers who grew up on the stuff it harkens back to the 50s along with Spam salad meatloaf canned fruit cocktail and Popsicles.
Simple vinegar and oil made room for bottled dressings and mayo paving the way for "bound salads." Sounds a little kinky but this category includes some of our favorites: tuna salad chicken salad egg salad ham salad shrimp and crab salad. The chicken came first showing up in mid-1800s cookbooks tuna much later with the advent of canned tuna. In the late 1930s Spam made ham salad easy and egg salad was a natural. With the introduction of Jello gelatin molded salads took their colorful place at any luncheon. Restauranteur Robert Cobb created the salad that bears his name at his Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood; chef salad debuted at the Ritz Carlton in New York and originally included sliced ox tongue along with ham and cheese. (Mercifully in later years turkey or chicken replaced the ox tongue.) In Hollywood s early days Caesar salad was embraced by the stars who happily munched on this trendy salad at some of their favorite restaurants.
By adding vegetables and dressings these can become a great side dish for BBQs family gatherings and picnics. and this is not even to mention all the different dressings and dips that are now available for you to choose from. All salads have at least 2 or more ingredients which complement one another. YOU too can create fantastic combinations just using left-over vegetables sitting in the refrigerator OR you can go extreme and prepare an exotic fruit salad. Whichever ones you choose - don t limit your creative juices - let them flow - use some of this information for creating a new salad and WOW your family or guests. This salad is quite simple. Few ingredients little preparation time less headache. Sometimes simple is best. As I ve mentioned before the French like to eat in courses. Instead of preparing it all at once setting it all out on the table and trying keep everything hot at once they separate things out into courses.