The word salad is derived from the Latin word Sal meaning salt. In the early days raw vegetables were often eaten along with a dressing of vinegar olive oil and salt. We still enjoy those things the same way today, but modern times have taken salads to another amazing level.
A salad now a days can mean just about anything, but in general, they’re ready to eat as is. Besides the classic lettuce dinner salad, some mouthwatering examples could be macaroni salad, potato salad, bean salad, tuna salad and even exotic delights like Greek salad or Fattoush! The possibilities are virtually endless. Most of us would say that a salad is the best way to start a meal, it can help us get our servings of veggies that most of us sorely lack.
Many people view a salad as an essential part of a healthy diet, and that can be very true. A beautiful, multicolored collection of delectable veggies can make for one of the healthiest and satisfying meals. Dressings are an important consideration for anyone that wants to keep an eye on their waistline. Anything that is based on oil and vinegar is low calorie. Some of the other options like the creamy ranch and blue cheese can pack in the calories (and flavor!). Don’t forget that salad can add some essential fiber into the diet helping to keep things *ahem* moving.
Don’t feel too bad about adding a little oil to your favorite greens, studies have shown that oil can help with the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the body.
Salads can be amazingly simple or complex requiring many steps. We have assembled some of our favorite recipes for you to try with your FinaMill!