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See below our tasty salad recipes that are suitable for vegans:
Background on Salads
The English word for salad first appeared in the 14th century and is derived from the French 'Salade', which is itself derived from the Latin 'Salate' meaning 'salty'. The use dates back to Roman times when vegetables were seasoned with brine or salty oil-and-vinegar dressings. The Romans and ancient Greeks were the first to eat mixed greens with a dressing.
The word 'salad' has now come to mean a dish consisting of small pieces of food mixed with a sauce or dressing. However, there is a considerably wide range of salad types. Mostly they are served cold but there are some exceptions such as Yam Woonsen, a Thai glass noodle salad. They are often highly suitable for vegans and vegetarians, or can easily be made so.
Perhaps the most common type is a vegetable salad. These can be prepared using practically any mix of raw vegetable types, often over a bed of leafy greens. Typical vegetables include cucumber, pepper, tomato, peas, onion, spring onion, beetroot, carrot, celery, radish, mushroom, avocado, olives, green beans. Sometimes roasted elements are included. Vegetable salads are often accompanied by a savoury salad dressing or sauce, such as vinaigrette, mayonaisse, lemon juice, soy sauce, hummus, tahini, ranch or thousand island, and can be an appetiser or main course.
A similar and more basic dish is the green salad, which is simply a plate of leafy greens such as lettuce, cabbage varieties, spinach and rocket (arugula). The salad might be topped with nuts, grains or bean sprouts. These salads are popular for diners who want to consume low calorie food so they are often offered with (low calorie) dressings.
Other popular types of salad include those that are themed around a specific ingredient. These include bean, potato, beetroot and pasta salads. Once again, these salads are mainly suitable for vegetarians and can be made vegan without the use of eggs and dairy products.
Salads can also take the form of fruit salads, which are usually served as a dessert. Once again, these can utilise any type of fruit that the diner desires. They are often served with a sweet sauce (cream, syrup, strawberry or chocolate), ice cream, and/or jelly.
Some of the most popular vegetarian international signature salads are Coleslaw, Caprese, Fattoush, Gado-gado, Greek salad, Som tam, Tabouli, and Waldorf salad.
We hope to bring you more vegan salad recipes soon.
Vegan Recipe Listings
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