Ah! Salads? Not again! Isn’t what we think when we hear about salad being cooked at our home in place of dinner. Have you ever thought why we usually make faces at the name of salads? Why green vegetables and fresh fruits are our enemies? Isn’t that we know how healthy a salad is? but our taste buds deny us from accepting this fact.
Salads are the healthiest and nutritious options when it comes to dieting. But I can understand how boring it is to eat raw vegetables and fruits just like that. So here, I am going to discuss a few interesting recopies of salads that are tasty as well as healthy, at the same time. But before that let learns about the benefits of having salad as a whole meal in your diet daily.
There are many medical benefits of eating raw vegetables. Sometimes when we cook a vegetable by adding our favorite spices and ingredients to satisfy our taste buds, no doubt it turns out tastiest but what about the packed nutrition that veggie contained? Excess cooking or more spices can completely destroy the amount of nutrition packed in that vegetable.
The medical advantages of eating salads include good digestion, a good immune system, and a healthy non-infectious body. Let’s talk about a bit of history behind the discovery and evolution of salads.
How salads came into existence?
Salads were initially not something of prominence. They were seen as the laziest food items. But however, this craze grew up with a time when social influencers and media persons switched to salads for a healthy diet. Often salad was a side dish with the main course. There can be many forms of salads as the main course salad. Side dish, dessert salad, and as starters on the menu.
The Romanians, ancient Greeks, and Persian people ate mixed greens with dressing, a type of mixed veggie salad. Salads are sold in supermarkets, restaurants, and fast-food chains. Romanians influenced people to eat fresh green salads more often. At-home salad consumption in the 2010s was rising rapidly but people were moving away from fresh-chopped lettuce and toward bagged greens and salad kits sold at supermarkets.
Types of salads
There are many varieties of salads available in the market for you to brunch on. Let us discuss a few interesting ways of creating a delicious yet healthy eating option.
The green salad also known as garden salad is made up of all green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, rocket (arugula), asparagus, mint leaves, and green tomatoes. Sometimes, to make a salad heavy and suitable for dinner, we can add tomatoes, nuts, sprouts, avocados, mushrooms, onions, pepper, and even a hardboiled egg is a healthy option. Nuts, berries, seeds, and flowers are less common. Hard-boiled eggs, bacon, shrimp, and cheeses may be used in garnishes, but large amounts of animal-based foods would be more likely used in a dinner based salad recipe.
Fruit salads are not actually salads but more of a mid-day meal version of the salad. You can chop your favorite fruits and add a bit of chat masala and you are good to go.
Rice and pasta salads.
These are usually pasta recipes in which we add a lot of veggies to make it equally healthy. This salad is of Thai origin and because of the addition of rice in it is thus, renamed rice and pasta salad.
Salads with heavy, creamy, saucy texture are known as bound salads. There can be any sauce, like mayonnaise dressing. Some of them are potato salad, hummus salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, and coleslaw.
Dessert salads rarely have leafy greens and are often sweet. Commonly made with gelatine or whipped cream; e.g. jelly salad, pistachio salad, and ambrosia. Some kinds of dessert salads are snickers salad, glorified rice, and cookie salad. These types of salads are less known but are growing each day in culinary restaurants.
- Salad dressings are the liquid ingredients that add flavor to salads. These sauces are salad dressings. Vinaigrettes based on a mixture of salad oil and vinegar often flavored with herbs, spices, salt, pepper, sugar, and other ingredients.
- Creamy dressings, usually based on mayonnaise or fermented milk products, such as yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk.