The biggest argument I've ever had with my ex-housemate Natalie was about salad. I'm not exaggerating when I say this, we literally shouted across the table for about 2 hours on the subject, with our other housemate Carmen trying to moderate from the middle. She had started laughing at me for my choice of lunch, what I called a 'broccoli salad'. She claimed that a salad had to have a cold, raw base of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. I argued that she wasn't opening her mind to the "exciting world of salads"– and yes, I believe I used that exact phrase. Salad may have started out as just lettuce tomato and cucumber, I argued, but it has evolved into so much more: think of a waldorf salad, a tricolore salad, or even a pasta salad or potato salad.
Broccoli Salad- the one that started it all
I was recounting the details of The Great Salad Debate of 2009 to my friend the other day, and she mentioned something interesting. Salad stems from the Latin word sal, meaning salt; so the term salad is a completely is a completely loose one anyway. Salad has become a more all-encompassing term for a collection of vegetables (usually) with a dressing in modern times, and thank God. These days, you can have a salad for a main meal, something that would fill you up and keep you going, as opposed to just a bland side to accompany your meat or fish. So many times I will just throw in all of the vegetables I have lying around (some cooked, some not), accompanied by a bit of ham and parmesan and make my most favourite thing, a "Kitchen sink salad" (meaning there's everything in it but the...).
There's nothing quite like sitting out in the sunshine with a good kitchen sink salad to make you the happiest gal in all of Córdoba
Did I just write an insane amount about salad? I believe I did. To make things a little more interesting, here's a group of my favourite salad recipes, ones a bit more interesting than lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
Broccoli Salad, from Simply Recipes
Cold Pea Salad, from Simply Recipes
Arugula (Rocket) Corn Salad with Bacon, from Simply Recipes
Summer Chickpea Salad, from Jamie Oliver
Strawberry Salad with Speck and Halloumi, from Jamie Oliver
Herbed Couscous Salad, from Chocolate and Zucchini
Summer Tomato Salad, from David Lebovitz
Chicken, Mango, and Chilli Salad, from Nigella Lawson
Chicken Caesar Salad, from BBC GoodFood