Salads are dishes consisting of raw or cooked vegetables, meat or seafood, which may be mixed with a sauce or topped with a dressing. They can be served as appetizers, main courses, side salad or dessert salad.
Salads are hot or cold, classical or contemporary, cooked or uncooked, simple (with one ingredient) or compound (with many ingredients) and may also include leftovers from a previous meal or carbohydrate ingredients like pasta, fresh or dried herbs like oregano, poached or boiled eggs or even lentils.
Salad Recipe of the Day - Shrimp Caesar Salad
There are several stories about the Caesar Salad. One of the popular ones being, Caesar Salad was named after the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar.
However, according to another, Chef Caesar Cardini’s daughter claimed that, on the 4th of July 1924, her father, Chef and Restaurateur Caesar Cardini made do with what he had by making a quick salad and dressing out of the remaining ingredients lying around in his kitchen. Further, he is said to have added a dramatic flair of table-side tossing “by the chef”, to help engage the unexpected rush of customers in order not to turn them away.
Another story by the partner of Caesar Cardini, Paul Maggiora, is that the Caesar salad was actually made for American airmen from San Diego and was also called as the “Aviator’s Salad”.
Whatever its origin, it is clear that this salad was put together and made popular at Caesar Cardini’s restaurant. As it grew in popularity in Caesar’s restaurant, it so got the name “Caesar Salad”.
Caesar Salad can be topped with grilled chicken, steak, or seafood, to make it more nutritious and wholesome. Certain Mexican restaurants may improvise by substituting tortilla strips for croutons or Cotija cheese for the Parmesan.
This dish has all the components for a classical salad, from the lettuce to the delicious Caesar dressing and the crunchy croutons, topped with juicy marinated grilled shrimp and parmesan shavings.