Archive for July, 2011

Weak for Salads

Friday, July 29th, 2011

How did it get to be National Salad Week again?  OK, I confess that I had no idea there even was such an event until Estee thoughtfully posted the information on my Facebook page.  Thank you, Estee—and Facebook.

National Salad Week, I have now discovered, takes place the last week in July.  That makes sense, as produce prices are starting to plummet and tomatoes are starting to taste like the fruits they officially are.

The British website Recipes4us.co.uk has acknowledged our special salad week, and posted some helpful hints.  These include the suggestion to “add extra flavour and colour by adding some flower petals too. Many flowers are edible.”  Not sure if I’m ready for that….

The International Caterers Guild is also in a celebratory mood.  To mark National Salad week, they suggest that we “make this week as an excuse to go wild and prepare lots of healthy (and some not-so-healthy) salads.”

In one of the iconic Simpsons episodes, “Lisa the Vegetarian,” Homer and Bart taunt Lisa by singing that “you don’t win friends with salad.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM6xVQwIOYQ&w=256&h=192

The Association for Dressings and Sauces, an Atlanta-based trade association of salad dressing and sauce manufacturers and suppliers, would strongly disagree. A recent ADS press release cites a consumer survey indicating that 95 percent of Americans eat salads at least three times per week; and that they perceive others who eat salads regularly as healthier, happier and sexier!  That’s certainly how I feel.  :)

Happy National Salad Week!
NJL