It’s a simple question, with no easy answers. As you may imagine, I have always been creative writer/ranter/provocateur. In college, or maybe high school (this is all pre-internet) that was the name of my sad little refuselnik newsletter I made in college… thinking I was a subversive genius. Really, the origin story of this blog goes back to this stupid, but legitimately interesting thesis of just what does constitute a salad.
What makes something a salad? Had you asked 10 year old me, I would say lettuce. We know that isn’t the case. Potato salad (gross). A mix of ingredients? That is too lazy. Cereal and milk is a mix of ingredients. Has to be cold, maybe? Nope. Take a look at a taco salad. There may be places that serve a taco salad cold, but those people are assholes.
Let’s ask the veterans word smiths I don’t have a copy of the OED, sadly… so we’ll use the online equivalent: Dictionary.com says:
any of various dishes consisting of foods, as meat, seafood, eggs, pasta, or fruit, prepared singly or combined, usually cut up, mixed with a dressing, and usually served cold
Merriam Webster says:
Well, that seems vague. What have we learned above? More messaging from Big Salad and the Big Salad lobby. ‘Usually cold’, that is a total dodge. My omelette? That is totally salad. Pizza? Yup, that is not only a salad, it is now officially good for you. Wait… cols pizza cut up into small pieces. Look, I just crapped in some iceberg lettuce (and chopped it up. There are rules, duh!) Don’t act like you haven’t! Anyhow, that was yesterday, so its cold, and …chopped… it’s salad. I did it again today, too. But it won’t really count as salad until tomorrow. I am not an animal.