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Interesting & Fun Facts about Salad
Willowbrook Foods Caesar salad

At Willowbrook Foods we offer a wide variety of salads. But did you know the interesting facts about this amazing food?

According to “Britannica” Salad can be defined as, salad, any of a wide variety of dishes that fall into the following principal categories: green salads; vegetable salads; salads of pastalegumes, or grains; mixed salads incorporating meatpoultry, or seafood; and fruit salads. Most salads are traditionally served cold, although some, such as German potato salad, are served hot.”

Firstly, let’s start off with the range of salads that we provide across Northern Ireland and the UK;

The classics are:

  • Iceberg
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Radicchio
  • Lollo Rosso
  • Cos

The baby leaves are:

  • Chards
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Lambs Lettuce
  • Cos

The multi leaves are:

  • Apollo
  • Batavia
  • Coral

The herbs are:

  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Sorrel

At Willowbrook, Innovation is at the forefront of our business. Along with everyday classic recipes our team are continually developing recipes considering convenience, taste, consumer trends & value. 

  • Ready to eat salad leaves, side salads & salad bowl
  • Extensive range of classic & bespoke recipes
  • Advanced Technology
  • Modern & innovative processes including delicate touch washing & drying

Now let us move on to some more things Willowbrook Foods can teach you about salads:

According to the website “Threadgills”, 

  1. The term “salad” comes from the Latin word for salt (“sal”). In Roman times, salads consisted largely of salted vegetables glazed with an oil and vinegar dressing. Thus the salt. The French eventually coined the term “salade” which is where we got it.
  2. The oldest English language cookbook, The Forme of Cury (written in the 1300’s), contains the first known recipe for salad, a brazen little number that called for lettuce, leeks and spinach served with garlic, herbs and flowers. 
  3. Arguably the most celebrated salad in the world is the Waldorf Salad, originally conceived by Oscar Tschirky, who worked at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the 1890s. Tschirky’s original salad contained apples, celery and mayonnaise. The famous walnuts weren’t actually added until three decades later. Today the Waldorf Astoria serves a version that contains sweet and sour apples, candied walnuts, celeriac and truffle. (Bonus fact: Oscar Tschirky also invented Eggs Benedict). 
  4. Perhaps the most popular salad in the world is The Caesar Salad, and it was invented by restaurateur Caesar Cardini on July 4, 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico. It is said that on this busy weekend, Cardini was running low on food and he put together a salad for his guests from what was left over in the kitchen. “Take everything to the table” he said, “and make a ceremony of fixing the salad”. His original recipe included romaine, garlic, croutons, and Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. 
  5. The phrase “salad days” has come to mean a “time of youthful inexperience” (or the notion of “green”) It’s first recorded use was by Shakespeare in Antony & Cleopatra.

Salads are a healthy, appetising and nutritional meal to incorporate into your meals. Here at Willowbrook Foods we are dedicated to providing our customers with delicious salad options that cater to everyone. Eating salads comes with a range of benefits such as, it is a natural source of fibre, builds strong bones, protects your heart, and improves your muscle performance. If salads are good enough for the Kardashians to eat daily, they are good enough for Willowbrooks customers to enjoy!

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