Mystery Dressing Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich With Russian Dressing
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.
The creator Caesar Cardini eventually bottled and sold his trademark dressing in the Los Angeles area. A favorite restaurant in Chicago the Blackhawk featured their signature "spinning salad bowl" along with every entree on the menu served tableside. French chefs made vinaigrette dressing with oil herbs chopped shallots and paprika throughout the 1800s.Those especially adventurous added tomato sauce which became the foundation for classic French dressing. Kraft Foods in 1939 introduced their popular version orange in color. Boomers remember it drizzled over iceberg lettuce. Miracle Whip appeared around the same time labeled salad dressing but primarily used to hold together chopped meat chicken or eggs for a tasty sandwich filling. In the 1920 s Green Goddess dressing was created at a San Francisco restaurant in honor of a play by the same name. (Good thing Death of a Salesman didn t debut that same year.) Colonial America grew lettuce in their home gardens along with cabbage beans and root vegetables.
But maybe that s just American. In any case salad can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. It can be as complex or a simple as you desire. This cucumber salad is simple. It s an easy fast way to add a serving or two of those 5-a-Day to your diet. I learned long ago that adding a simple salad to the beginning of your meal is ideal in getting those veggies worked in. It keeps the menu planning down to manageable and it can cost-conscious especially when using in season vegetables. It s all about KISS = Keep it Simple Silly! One vegetable one salad one course. By doing KISSing it you ll have a wider choice of first courses using one fresh vegetable: tomatoes grated carrots grated root celery have an avocado grapefruit beets mushrooms... You can always jazz up each salad with something different a fresh herb for example or a different nut oil or vinegar. I choose a vegetable for my first course salad then I let my inner cravings tell me which way to jazz it up.