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History of Salad Dressings

A salad is a dish which includes different types of veggies and fruits which can be eaten raw or par-boiled, which may be mixed with a sauce or salad dressing. Leafy greens such as cabbage or lettuce. Salad dressing has a long and colourful history, dating back to ancient times. The Babylonians used oil and vinegar for dressing salads almost two thousand years ago. Egyptians flavoured a salad dressing with oil, vinegar and spices. Mayonnaise is said to have made it onto the table of a French Nobleman over a hundred years ago. The European Monarch’s chefs used edible flower petals in the salad to make it fragrant and enhance the taste.

Chefs in the old days combined more than thirty ingredients in one enormous bowl, and included exotic ingredients. England’s King Henry IV’s favourite salad was a mixture of potatoes and herb dressing. Mary, Queen of Scots, preferred boiled celery diced and tossed with lettuce with a creamy mustard dressing and cooked egg slices. In the twentieth century, Americans began using basic dressing ingredients like oil, vinegar, lemon juice and spices to create an infinite variety of salad dressings.

Due to variations in ingredients, because of lacking storage conditions, chefs had different results when preparing dressings. Gradually, restaurants began packing and selling salad dressings to customers and thereby the industry began. Many major brands of salad dressings available today were on the market as early as the 1920’s.

Most leafy greens are bitter and something to smooth over the bitterness made these greens more palatable. One of the first sauces was soy sauce. It is most likely that this was the first salad dressing. This makes it almost five thousand years old.

Oil and vinegar was common in a salad dressing for ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians would mix spices and herbs into the oil and vinegar to dress their salads. Mayonnaise was invented in the 18th Century on the Spanish Island of Mahon. Many authorities believe the first batch of this mixture of egg yolks, oil and seasonings was whipped up to celebrate the 1756 French capture of Mahon, the Spanish Isle of Minorca. The addition of mayonnaise increased the number of salad dressing from the oil and vinegar.

Caesar Cardini, invented the Caesar salad in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924. Cardini’s original recipe included romaine, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce.

Thousand Island dressing is made from bits of green olives, peppers, pickles, onions, hard-boiled eggs and other finely chopped ingredients. This chunky dressing is said to commemorate the Thousand Islands in the Saint Lawrence River.

The commercial production of salad dressing began in the early 20th Century. Many common salad dressings that were family recipes were put into commercial production. New and different salad dressing were tried. Salad dressing was available both as oil and vinegar combinations and mayonnaise based ones.

History of Thousand Island, Origination of Its Name

The thousand Island Salad dressing has got an interesting history on how it got its name. It is said that it got its name from the Thousand Islands between the United States and Canada in the St. Lawrence River. There are many stories on who developed this delicious dressing among which one of the stories say that Thousand Island Dressing was reportedly developed by Boldt’s chef. Despite claims that he was involved in the introduction of the salad dressing at the Waldorf, chef Tschirky did not mention the salad dressing in his famous cookbook that was published. There is another storing mentioning that a woman named Sophia LaLonde supposedly invented it in upstate New York and a guest of hers is supposed to have named it after the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York and Canada. Mary Irwin another important name who is said to give this mysterious dressing a name after the place from where she belonged.

In the 1950s, Thousand Island dressing became a standard condiment, used on sandwiches and salads alike. Even today in most of the American Diners and fast food joints it is referred to as a secret sauce.  This dressing has a mayonnaise base but it may include olive oil, lemon juice, orange juice, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, cream, chili sauce, tomato purée, ketchup, or Tabasco sauce. Some Thousand Island Dressings also have finely chopped veggies such as pickles, onions, bell peppers, green olives, parsley, pimento, chives, garlic, or chopped nuts (such as walnuts or chestnuts).

This dressing not only enhances the taste of salad but also makes it rich and a complete meal which not only meets your daily nutrient value but also satisfy your pallets. This light pinkish to orangish condiment can be seen as the most important ingredient of sandwiches and burger buns. It gives a creamy tangy taste to the buns and breads. Now when people are getting more health conscious they are seeking out for low fat condiments which will not let them compromise with the taste yet maintain the weight.
Veeba now introduces its Low fat range of tasty Thousand Island salads which tastes just like the original dressing yet is low on calorie. The sauce is prepared as per the food grade guidelines. Now you can enjoy yummy salads and sandwiches at home anytime. even your kids can make a quick sandwich with Veeba’s dressings.

Ways to make your salad interesting?

When we talk about salads, they never come alone as along with it comes seasoning and dressings. If someone tells you that he or she is on a diet and only lives on green veggies and low on fat fruits seasoned with just salt, then that is the biggest lie you have heard of. Green leafy vegetable, cherry tomatoes diced carrots, boiled baby potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper is a complete balanced meal to enjoy in the morning and keep yourself full for the day. But will you really enjoy this meal which is flavorless. It does not even have a juicy texture to it which eventually will make your mouth feel dry after few bites. The dressing of olive oil, or salad oil makes this otherwise dry salad moist and easy to chew and digest. These salad dressings have a flavour which enhances the taste of salads. People like their salad dressings in different ways some mix it well, some like dipping their crunchy greens in the dressing while some pour it on the top and enjoy it.

Besides vegetable salad there are fruit salads as well which usually has a sweet dressing to it. There are various types of dressings to make you feel happy with every bite. How can you make your salad interesting? You want to maintain your diet yet want the diet food to taste interesting and delicious.If you are vegetarian and want to make the veggies interesting you can add Vinegar dressing which is known as vinaigrettes. This vinegar based dressing is light and has a tart flavoring. If you do not like the taste of balsamic vinegar then you can also add olive oil Mayo which is the original white mayonnaise. Have you ever tried your Caesar salad with bits of boiled chicken, shrimps and Caesar Salad dressings? Well, this tastes heavenly and is non-vegetarian’s delight. This cheese based dressing is also an excellent marinade for your baked dishes.  Thousand Island Dressings is yet another very versatile dressing which goes well with cold meat and veggies. It is also a great sandwich spread and kids love it. Ranch dressings are perfect with fruit salad and boiled eggs. The yoghurt taste in it is gives a soothing flavour.

If you are already satisfied with the wide range of dressings and thinking of where to get it? Then your one stop shop is Veeba Foods. This food brand service provider offers a wide range of sauces and dressings.