alads can be meals in
have ensured that all sorts of
ingredients can be bought
year-round, but it’s in the
summer that British salad stuffs come
into their own. How many people do you
know who grow their own tomatoes, or
cucumbers, or strawberries?
Half the fun is that you literally pick up
the ingredients, give them a wash, maybe
chop them up or tear them, and bung
them in a bowl. Salad dressings are as
much fun -- bit of oil, some vinegar then
we each have our faves -- blue cheese?
Horseraddish? You can make a decent
dressing from items lurking in your fridge!
With few exceptions, salads don’t have a
carb count, unless you’ve put in potatoes,
bread or noodles. They can contain
varying amounts of protein -- with tuna,
chicken or a variety of bean providing the
protein punch. They are also, in the main,
fat-free, until you add the dresssing. Even
then, if you’re using olive oil, its ‘good fat’.
Beyond a basic salad, some have
gone on to garner such fame that
they are known by their own names. A
crunchy Caesar any one, or what about
a Waldorf? The basic Caesar is claimed
to have been created by an Italian
immigrant to America, Caesar Caldini, MOORISH DELIGHTS. Simple Morrocan salad consists of little more
who made it in his restaurant in Tijuana. than finely chopped tomatos, cucumber and mint -- and no carbs.
Making it at home, you’d need Cos
lettuce, garlic, anchovy along with egg,
lime and, according to some recipes, a possible, and this salad can handle being bed of lettuce. Spruce it up with chopped
spash of Worcester sauce. Normally, this served ‘light’ without these additions. walnuts and some raisins, if you fancy,
is also serverd with white-bread crutons. The Waldorf takes its name from New and pad it out with poached chicken,
However, if you’re watching your waist, York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where it was turkey or even salmon.
then forgoe these. They add texture, apparently created for the first time as far See over for the well-known Salad
bulk and account for some carbs, but back in 1896. For this, you’re going to Nicoise and make the most of super
fried foods really are best avoided where need apple, celery and mayonnaise on a salads as often as you can.