A salad is a dish that contains various kinds of fresh vegetables tossed in a sauce or ‘dressing.’ Fruits, meats, cheeses, and croutons may also be added. Raw or cooked, chilled or warm, salad indeed can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. But, although salads are relatively easy to make, some are looking for instant yet healthy access to these foods while they’re not at their homes. For some, it can be also expensive to buy several salad ingredients. Thus, to solve this struggle, ready-to-eat salads were born in Europe in the early 1980s. Since then, they have become popular in the markets.
A ready-to-eat salad is a pre-packaged salad that you can buy in stores. It is made for convenience, since you don’t have to buy each component and prepare them yourself. With salad greens, the dressing is separately encased to prolong its shelf-life. But, in the case of the others, such as potato, tuna, bean, egg, fruit, and dessert salads, the dressing is already mixed with the main ingredient. Anyhow, salads can be enjoyed at any point during a meal or at any time of the day. Appetizer salads are small portions of light salads that can stimulate the appetite. Side dish salads are heartier salads that compliment the main dish. Main dish salads are heavy salads that are usually composed of meat, fish, pasta, beans, cheese, and/or eggs. Dessert salads are sweet salads that are usually composed of fruit, gelatin, sweeteners, and/or whipped cream.
Binomial Name: Varied