10 facts about salad:
- Salad comes from the Latin word “herba salta” or “salted herbs,” so called because such greens were usually seasoned with dressings containing lots of salt.
- Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
- The lettuce we see today actually started out as a weed around the Mediterranean basin.
- Christopher Columbus introduced lettuce to the Americas.
- The original wild lettuce “Lactuca serriola” was known as “prickly lettuce” and grown for medicinal purposes as it contained a milky sap which has mild sleep-inducing properties.
- Lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable in the US behind potatoes.
- The average American eats approximately 30 pounds of lettuce each year, which is five times what was eaten in 1900.
- Lettuce was first eaten by the ancient kings of Persia 2,500 years ago.
- The ancient Greeks and Romans thought that eating lettuce helped you to have a good night’s sleep.
- In ancient Egypt, lettuce was considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac and was thus sacred to the fertility god Min.
Chicken Cobb Salad Ingredients:
6 oz bacon (6 slices) chopped and browned
1 medium head romaine lettuce 5 cups chopped, rinsed and dried
2 cooked chicken breasts from a cooked chicken
2 hard-boiled eggs
1 large avocado sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled (or feta cheese)
2 Tbsp parsley finely chopped
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 garlic clove pressed or finely minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
- Sautee chopped bacon on a skillet until browned and crisp (5 min), then transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to cool.
- Cook 2 hard-boiled eggs then peel and quarter.Chop, rinse and spin dry romaine lettuce and arrange on a platter.
- Arrange remaining salad ingredients (chicken, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, onion, blue cheese, and bacon) in rows over salad then sprinkle the finely chopped parsley over the salad.
- Transfer dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shake like crazy.
- Drizzle over salad just before serving or let guests add their own dressing to taste.