Did you know that the term “salad” dates all the way back to 14th Century Europe? Sal- comes from the Latin word for “salt” and –ad was derived from the Latin word for “ate,” which is -ata. This was because salad dressings often contained oil, vinegar and salt. As the Romans expanded their empire, they took with them the salad. Each new territory contained new greens to use and new vinegars derived from regional wines, thus the diversity in what a salad is made of.
Today we have salads with iceberg lettuce, spinach, arugula and even grains like quinoa. We top these with dressings varying from vinaigrettes, to ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard and more. The possibilities are endless!