Salads & Salad Dressings

With so much variety existsting, it is somewhat difficult to give a comprehensive definition of salad as class of foods. In general, however, salads may be considered as a dish of green herbs or vegetables, sometimes cooked, and usually chopped or sliced, sometimes mixed with fruit or with cooked and chopped cold meat, fish, eggs etc., and generally served with a dressing.
Salads usually take their name from their chief ingredient, as, for instance, potato salad, chicken salad, tomato salad, etc. Just what place salads have in the meal depends on the salad itself.

A high-protein salad, such as lobster salad, should take the place of the meat course, whereas, a light salad of vegetables or fruits may be used as an additional course or light meal.


In addition to the ingredients used in the preparation of salads, dressings usually form an important part of the salad. Great number of the dressings we use contain fat and therefore increase food value of the salad. That will vary greatly and it will also depend on type of dressing and ingredients used in its composition. Most of the time dressing is an accompaniment of some kind and it is generally served with salads to make them more attractive and more pleasing to the taste.


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Did You Know?
One tablespoon of salad dressing made with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar has only 40 calories and 4.5 g of fat. Plus you'll get some of the monounsaturates and omega-3s (the "smart" fats linked to a reduction in the risk of heart disease and cancer).
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If your child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), you may want to ask his doctor about trading in the prescriptions for some fatty fish. Many experts now believe nutrients like omega-3, should be the first-line treatment.
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