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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.
Kale is very good for you like most members of the cabbage family. Borage grows tall plants with fuzzy leaves and lilac colored flowers; its leaves taste mildly of cucumber and it is a bit bitter so don t add too much to a salad. There are some herbs that you can plant once and they will self seed for years afterward (if you let them); these go well in a salad too. Dill and coriander are two of my father in law s perennial annuals that just keep on coming up in odd places in the garden and if you re not careful they can get out of hand. So weeding the seedlings for a salad is a good way to keep them under control and enjoy their flavor. By the time my father in law comes in from the garden at around 5 o clock he usually has two large plastic basins full of a wide assortment of greens.
Now for the health-conscious out there don t panic: we re talking a very small amount of salt. But this small amount of salt is enough to change the flavor of the salad leaves considerably. The next time you go to make a salad try adding a pinch of salt to your greens before you add the vinaigrette or dressing. Then add your dressing and toss. You ll be certain to notice the difference. 4 - Restaurants Refresh Their Salad Greens Restaurant salad secret number four has to do with the texture of the salad leaves. Ever notice the salads you get at a good restaurant have a very crisp texture even though they re coated in dressing? The answer is that a good restaurant will use fresh salad greens and will refresh them before serving. Refreshing salad leaves is the process of dipping them in cold water then drying. Refreshing salad leaves in this way helps crisp up salad leaves that have been packaged. After refreshing salad leaves must be dried completely (i.e. salad spinner) to ensure that the dressing adheres properly to each leaf.