FOOD ANATOMY: Salads
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Larb is a heavily seasoned meat salad that's garnished with freshly chopped herbs and khao khoua — toasted ground rice. Considered the unofficial dish of Laos, larb was first invented in the Chinese province of Yunnan, but became deeply rooted in Lao cuisine, consumed both in Laos and the bordering Isan, a region in Thailand.
Huzarensalade is a Dutch take on the Olivier salad. What belongs in this salad and what doesn't is a controversial issue, but it's usually prepared with a combination of potatoes, tart apples, gherkins, gherkin juice, carrots, shallots, ham or cooked veal or beef, mayonnaise, peas, and seasonings.
Horta is a traditional Greek salad consisting of steamed or boiled greens and weeds that are drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil. The greens usually include dandelion, vleeta, nettles, wild spinach, mustard greens, and chicory. The flavor of the salad can be more or less bitter, depending on the plant.
Traditionally served on the Christmas smörgåsbord, sillsalat is a Swedish salad that combines finely sliced or minced pickled herring with diced boiled potatoes, pickled beets, pickles, apples, and chopped onions. All the ingredients are placed in a large bowl and tossed lightly with a sour-sweet dressing made with vinegar, water, sugar, pepper, and (optionally) cream or yogurt.
Salată orientală is a simple Romanian potato salad consisting of boiled potatoes, onions, hard-boiled eggs, and olives, all seasoned and dressed with a combination of oil and vinegar. Versions of this salad call for the addition of mayonnaise, pickles, pickled red peppers or other vegetables, or the omission of vinegar.
📍 Mexico 🇲🇽 Salpicón de res is a flavorful Mexican salad that is popular throughout Latin America. It consists of beef steak pieces, onions, tomatoes, hot chiles, and avocado slices. The salad is usually seasoned with lime juice, salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, and oregano.
Ensalada Murciana is a traditional Spanish salad originating from Murcia. It's made with a combination of tomatoes, onions, tuna or cod, hard-boiled eggs, and black cuquillo olives. The tomatoes are cut into smaller chunks, just like most of the ingredients use in the salad.