Salads are the most popular type of food in America. They’re also one of the healthiest and cheapest options for eating well. But, can any old salad do? No! Here are 7 types that you must know about if you want to make a good choice every time:
1. Caesar Salad
Caesar salad is one of the most popular salads in America. It’s named after a restaurant that served it and was invented by its chef, Caesar Cardini. The dish became so popular that all over the world people began to call it “Caesar Salad.”
Caesar salad starts with romaine lettuce tossed in a Caesar dressing, which is made with anchovies, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Parmesan cheese. The salad is then topped with croutons and Parmesan cheese.
2. Greek Salad
Greek salad is a traditional Greek dish. It consists of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and feta cheese. The ingredients are tossed in olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice before being served on top of lettuce leaves. It is usually garnished with olives and oregano.
The availability of ingredients varies by region but it contains the same key flavors. This salad is perfect for a light lunch or dinner.
3. Cobb Salad
Cobb salad is a popular dish in the United States, consisting of bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and hard-boiled egg. The salad was created in 1937 by Bob Cobb at Hollywood’s Brown Derby restaurant. It is considered one of the original Americana salads because it has been served on the menu at that restaurant since its opening day.
4. Waldorf Salad
Salads are an excellent and nutritious way to enjoy your favorite foods in a healthier kind of meal.
Here is one that you might not have heard about yet, the Waldorf Salad. This salad has been around for nearly 100 years and it’s still popular today. It was created at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The salad is made with apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts. The dressing is usually a simple mixture of mayonnaise and yogurt. You can also add in some raisins or dried cranberries to give it a little bit more flavor.
This salad is perfect for a light lunch or dinner. You can also pack it up and take it with you on the go.
5. Asian Sesame Salad
Asian sesame salad is a light and refreshing dish. It features crisp vegetables, crunchy noodles, and the sweet-tangy flavors of soy sauce and sesame oil. Traditionally it’s served with rice vinegar or lemon juice to add acidity. This recipe can be made by anyone in just 20 minutes!
Asian Sesame Salad Recipe
1/2 cup rice vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound coleslaw mix
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 carrots, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons black sesame seeds
1. In a small bowl, whisk rice vinegar or lemon juice, soy sauce, sugar, and salt until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the mixture into a small jar and add 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Shake well to combine.
2. In a large skillet or wok, heat vegetable oil over high heat. Add coleslaw mix, green onions, carrots, and bell pepper. Stir-fry for 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
3. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and toss to coat. Cook for 1 minute, or until the sauce has thickened.
4. Divide the salad among four plates and top with cilantro, black sesame seeds, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Serve immediately.
6. Spinach and Strawberry Salad
There are so many variations on the spinach and strawberry salad that you can make. You could add grilled chicken, feta cheese, or bacon bits if desired. The dressing is also a personal preference as well; some people like it with a light vinaigrette while others prefer to use a heavy mayonnaise-based dressing. It is usually best to use a poppy seed dressing or a balsamic vinaigrette.
7. Antipasto Salad
This salad is a great way to use up leftover meats and vegetables. It is a very hearty salad that can easily be made into a meal. You can add whatever ingredients you like, but some of the most common ones are pepperoni, ham, salami, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and black olives. The dressing is usually a simple Italian salad dressing.