10 salads from around the world
There's a whole world of green goodness out there.
Salads get a bad rap sometimes. People think of them only as diet food, substitutes for real meals. But salads can be more creative than iceberg lettuce and a few croutons. Cooks and chefs have invented plenty of full-flavored dishes that show us how fresh and delicious salads can be. Here are 10 from around the world:
1. Cobb salad
Cobb salad: the salad that sure doesn't feel like one. It's stuffed with chicken, bacon, avocado, eggs and cheese. The only way to make this dish heavier is to add bricks.
Stories about the first Cobb salad abound. Some say it was created at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, owned by Robert Howard Cobb. According to legend, Cobb hadn't eaten until midnight, so he mixed together some leftovers he found in the kitchen.
In case you were wondering what Lao's national dish is made out of, here's a hint: it comes from a Lanna (northern Thailand) word that literally means "to mince meat." But there's more to the salad than just meat. It's traditional to stir fry and add the blood of the chicken or pig that ended up in this most carnivore-friendly salad imaginable. It's usually served with raw vegetables and sticky rice.
3. Israeli salad
This falafel-stand add-on can be served as a side dish or in sandwiches. It's known as the most popular national dish in Israel. The salad is made by chopping up vegetables into tiny pieces. Chefs even compete over who can chop the smallest pieces.
4. Mexican black bean salad
This versatile salad can be served on its own, used a a dip, or cooked for tostadas. It's made with a simple mix of avocados, corn, black beans, tomatoes and onions. It's light and flavorful, perfect for the warm summer days ahead.
5. Waldorf salad
Unlike the many folk salads featured here, Waldorf salad was born in urban royalty. It was invented at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City in the 1890s by Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf's maître d'hôtel who created many of the hotel's signature dishes. An episode of the 1970s British sitcom Fawlty Towers features the salad in what was literally its "Waldorf Salad" episode.
Gado-gado literally means "mix-mix." It's an Indonesian dish made with a variety of ingredients including potatoes, string beans, bean sprouts, spinach, chayote, bitter gourd, corn and cabbage, with tofu, tempeh and hard-boiled eggs, all of which are completely coated in peanut sauce dressing. It's widely served at Indonesian restaurants around the world.
7. Dressed herring salad
Dressed herring salad is composed of diced salted herring covered with layers of grated boiled vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beet roots), chopped onions and mayonnaise. (Photo: Guryanov Andrey/Shutterstock)
This Russian salad is traditionally served at New Year and Christmas celebrations. It's as much about appearance as it is about taste: the final layer, grated boiled beet root covered with mayonnaise, gives the dish a rich purple color. It's often decorated with grated boiled eggs.
8. Nicoise salad
This French salad is sort of like an American cobb salad, except it uses tuna, green beans and potatoes instead of chicken, bacon and avocado. Like so many things we love, it comes from the Mediterranean. It was invented in Nice, France. In the United States, it's usually served on a bed of lettuce.
This Israeli dish is so beloved that it has made its way around the globe. It's popular in the United States and has even become common in the Dominican Republic, where it's known as "tipile."
The largest recorded dish of tabbouleh, as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, weighed 9,532 pounds. It was created in 2009 by an elementary school in northern Israel.
Guatemalans have a tradition in which they prepare the favorite dishes of family members that have died and bring them to graveyards to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Eventually, these various dishes were combined and turned into this all-inclusive salad. Families pass on different recipes, but fiambre usually includes sausages, cold cuts, pickles baby corn, onion, beets, pacaya flower, cheeses, olives and chicken.
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