If you enjoy eating a salad with your dinner or making a giant salad for lunch, you’ve probably wondered who invented them or how long they’ve been around for. Well, the answer is probably a lot longer than you think, and a lot of people don’t even realize it! In fact, salads are one of the oldest types of food that are still eaten and for good reason!
History tells us that salads have been enjoyed since at least Roman times, which makes a lot of sense. The word salad comes from the Latin word for salt which is sal, and the Romans used to eat salad by taking leafy greens and covering them with oil and salt. Later accounts of people eating salad can be seen in many different texts around Europe and even in the colonies in America.
Different kinds of salads have been created over time, but the basic idea has remained the same for centuries. For example, the Cesar salad was most likely invented by an Italian American in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s, but even so, leafy lettuce was still the base, making the Roman style salad an irreplaceable part of the western world’s culinary style.