Etymology
Green leaf salad with fish and bread

The word “salad” comes from the French salade of the same meaning, from the Latin salata (salty), from sal (salt). In English, the word first appears as “salad” or “sallet” in the 14th century.

Salt is associated with salad because vegetables were seasoned with brine or salty oil-and-vinegar dressings during Roman times.

The phrase “salad days”, meaning a “time of youthful inexperience” (on notion of “green”), is first recorded by Shakespeare in 1606, while the use of salad bar first appeared in American English in 1976.

watercress-avocado_orangeSide Salad – Watercress, Avocado and Orange

Ingredients

  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2 bunches watercress
  • 2 sliced avocados
  • 2 segmented oranges
  • toasted hazelnuts

How to toast hazelnuts:

 To roast kernels, spread whole kernels in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes. Take care not to over roast as nuts can scorch quickly. To remove skins, wrap warm hazelnuts in a dish towel and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rub vigorously in towel.

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • the juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
Directions:
Soak 1/4 thinly sliced red onion in cold water, about 10 minutes. Drain the onion; toss with 2 bunches watercress, 2 sliced avocados, 2 segmented oranges and the dressing. Top with chopped toasted hazelnuts.
Dressing:
Whisk 1/4 cup orange juice, the juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl. Whisk in 3 tablespoons olive oil.
watercress Watercress – 1 cup = 4 calories
Benefits – helps lower blood pressure, helps lowers glucose levels, and eating just one cup of watercress would meet your daily need for vitamin K.

 

avocadosAvocado – 1 cup = 234 calories
Benefits: Avocado is incredibly nutritious, they contain more potassium than bananas, and are loaded with fiber.
orangeOrange – 1 small = 45 calories
Benefits – Lowers cholesterol, boosts heart health, helps create good vision, and protects the skin.
hazelnuts
Hazelnuts – 1 cup = 848 calories
Benefits – Hazelnuts contains phytopchemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol. These proanthocyanidins belong to a group called the flavonoids. Flavonoids may support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies. Consuming a handful of hazelnuts for a snack may provide your body with all these healthy benefits, says the Hazelnut Council.
lemonslimes
Limes – 1 fruit = 20 calories

Benefits: Limes are good for women’s health. These citrus gems contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. Limes are anti-carcinogenic. Lime juice can help prevent formation of kidney stones.Limes may lower cholesterol.

 

honey

 

Honey – 1 tbsp = 64 calories
Benefits: Cough suppressant. Sleep aid. Treats dandruff. Treats wounds and burns. Natural energy drink.

 

All of these wonderful ingredients add up to one healthy salad. I hope you will give this recipe a try and let me know in the comments section how you liked it. This is a light side salad for a warm spring day.

Enjoy!

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