Weak for Salads

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

5 Responses to “Weak for Salads”

  1. Seth says:

    Great episode choice. This was probably the first family viewing of a “Simpsons” episode, as Mel compelled us to watch Paul McCartney’s guest appearance.

  2. Mel says:

    Yep, I was going to say basically the same thing! And you’re going to see Paul McCartney in just a few days. Wonder if he’s still a vegetarian…

  3. JaneL says:

    Lawheeze, you DO make friends over salad! (Turkey loaf, too.) Enjoy your fun-filled weekend. Your column is inspiring me to try a new salad this weekend.

  4. Rett says:

    And only a daft sod wouldn’t queue for some “extra flavour and colour.” Ring me from your mobile at my flat if you agree.

  5. Hey, thanks for the mention. Pleased to see you visit us, please keep coming back for more. :O)

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