When Shakespeare spoke of “salad days,” he referred to a time of youthful freshness — much like the days of May, when the newness of spring still lingers. Although the fresh flavor and nutritious value of salads are enjoyed all year round, May has been named National Salad Month and serves as a tasty reminder to eat more greens.
There’s no doubt about it — Americans love their salads. Salad consumption is at an all-time high, with 73% of U.S. households serving salad regularly and lettuce sales exceeding $1 billion. According to a Gallup survey, almost every salad eaten in the U.S. is topped with salad dressing and more than 60 million gallons of salad dressing are consumed each year.