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Salad, Salad Everywhere

By Christine Szalay-Kudra

When you hear ‘salad’, you may think of nice fresh greens. Most green versions are made of lettuce. You may find some cucumbers or tomatoes in there, and if you are lucky, you will find some herbs and many types of lettuce. Did you know that lettuces are different when it comes to nutrients? Iceberg lettuce is a common ingredient. It is crunchy and full of water. Leaf lettuces of all kinds are much more nutritious and they add color to your salad.

Vegetable salads are also green, but with less lettuce and more varieties of fresh produce. Bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, onions, and many other fresh veggies can easily make their own. Dressing is usually added to green kinds to pull the dish together and add more flavor. Cole slaw is also in the green salad category; it is made of shredded cabbage and dressing. Sometimes other vegetables are added.

Cooked beans are used for three bean. Made from kidney beans, garbanzo beans and green or wax beans, this salad is a summer favorite. It needs very little refrigeration to remain safe to eat, so it is often carted off to picnics. Caprese looks elegant and tastes delicious. It is made of slices of tomato alternated with slices of mozzarella cheese and leaves of basil. It is simply dressed with olive oil or balsamic vinegar.

Salads that do not have green ingredients are also very popular. Egg salad, potato salad and macaroni salad are a few of these summer staples. The main ingredient is combined with others and covered with a thick dressing that is usually mayonnaise based. There are many variations of each of these. Pasta salad is usually described separately from macaroni salad. The dressing is usually lighter, and pasta salad may also include ingredients like nuts, olives, chopped onions, seafood, or other delicious additions. Somen salad is a Japanese pasta salad made with somen noodles. It is served cold and consists of noodles, sauce, and a garnish of shredded lettuce, sesame seeds, or scrambled egg.

There are ones made from fruit, which is usually a sweet type. Chopped fruit can be mixed into whipped cream or set in gelatin. These may include seasonal fruits like peaches, strawberries, and berries or canned fruit like fruit cocktail or pineapple. Gelatin salads may be a part of the main course or saved as a dessert.

Meat versions can be prepared in a couple of different ways. When you want to highlight the meat, such as a nice piece of grilled chicken or some grilled shrimp, arrange the bite size pieces on a bed of greens. If you want to make a chicken salad recipe, mix your cut up chicken pieces with the dressing and whatever other ingredients your particular recipe calls for. Serve on lettuce or as a sandwich spread for a wonderful lunch.

With so many to choose from, these are just a few of the favorites. The majority of these are served as a cold dish, but there are a few that are served warm. German potato or wilted lettuce come to mind. Use them as side dishes or a main dish.

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