Jamaican Potato Salad Extraordinaire
Of course any lettuce plant will reach a point where its leaves taste very bitter and by mid August much of the lettuce for his salads comes from the local supermarket - but he still gets dozens of other ingredients from the garden. Here are some of those other greens in Grandpa Green s garden that find their way into his delicious salads. Radicchio provides a nice burgundy red color. Be careful to use sparingly in a salad as radicchio is naturally bitter and remove the thick white stem part of each leaf. Arugula is very easy to grow from seed and you can start by harvesting the extra seedlings for salad while thinning out the seedlings. Pick individual leaves as the plants grow and you can get two or three months worth of arugula flavor from each plant. I find arugula one of the most interesting flavors in a salad.
With Americans love for pasta it was only a matter of time before pasta salad emerged first appearing as simple macaroni salad giving way to more sophisticated versions and add-ins. European immigrants brought their potato salad recipes to America both cold and hot which utilized the inexpensive and easy-to-grow potato as a hearty base. Europe was serving up potato salad as early as the 1600s usually mixed with vinegar oil and bacon the forerunner of German potato salad served hot. Warmer climates enjoyed potatoes cold with cream and vegetables.The French no slouches in the cuisine department took it one step further adding mayonnaise herbs and mustard Dijon of course. (No self-respecting Frenchman would even think of using yellow mustard as Americans do.) Since the 1970s when salad bars became de rigueur the lowly salad has taken center stage no longer an afterthought alongside a main course. Supermarkets feature prepackaged lettuce and salad fixings boxed pasta salad mix and rows of greens and colorful vegetables all waiting to be dressed up.
And even if you re trying to make some pasta salad with some seafood like shrimp or tuna lettuce leaves are still great for filling and presentation by making them act as a bed for the whole salad. After creating the bed and filling you can then go ahead and put all of your prepared vegetables into the main course salad mix. Possible examples would be mushrooms onions peppers tomatoes and cucumbers. These veggies act as enhancement ingredients for your main course salad. As a matter of fact the more veggies you pack in the better. Of course this is as long as the vegetable you re putting in will taste good for you. You really don t want to make something you wouldn t want to eat right? Salads can be a complete main course dish too and with that said let s take an ease now on all the vegetables and make the salad more filling. Chopped sliced or diced meat like chicken beef or pork is an optional addition to a perfect salad.