SALADS consist of vegetables in the most natural form. They are attractive, tasty and health-giving, but not everyone can digest salads. Some suffer from terrible flatulence after eating raw stuff. They should not take salad in large quantities, but should take extremely small quantities, accustoming the digestive apparatus to raw food, and should gradually increased their intake.
Some housewives are so unimaginative that they serve only lettuce in the form of salads. Lettuce is tasty but contains far too little body-building material. Besides, lettuce is not always obtainable, and it is rather expensive. Mixed salads are best. One can combine in a salad lettuce, cucumber, shredded heart of cabbage, brussels sprouts, grated raw carrots, turnips, etc., sand the nutrition value of salads can be increased by adding cold sliced potatoes, beetroot, hardboiled eggs, grated cheese, almonds, nuts, and so forth.
Thus a salad may be made a highly nutritious dish, and endless combinations may be produced. Further, there should be a tasty dressing. A good dressing may be made with oil, vinegar and lemon juice, but there are many delightful dressings which will be found in any good cookery book. Salt, pepper and mustard should be used sparingly and occasionally sugar should be added instead of these.
Some people make salads nutritious by adding finely cut figs, dates,m sultanas, etc. Salads should be mixed immediately before a meal or the dressing should be added on the plate, and then the salad itself will keep for another meal if kept in the cool.