The weather's getting warmer, and we're thinking of how we'll fit into our summer swimsuits.
Yes, salad days are here. In honor of National Salad Month, here's a trivia test on classic salads.
1. Perfection Salad was invented by:
a. A home cook who won $100 in a national Knox gelatin contest.
b. Julia Child
c. The 1950 Pillsbury Bake-Off winner
d. Weight Watcher's International
2. Caesar salad is named for:
a. Roman emperor Julius Caesar (this is why is calls for romaine lettuce)
b. Caesar Cardini, a chef in Tijuana, Mexico
c. Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas
d. Comedian Sid Caesar
3. Caprese salad (or insalata caprese) contains:
a. Caprese cheese
b. Olive oil from the Tropic of Capricorn:
c. Mozzarella cheese
d. Cumin and green chiles
4. Cobb salad is named for:
a. Alfred E. Cobb, chef at the Waldorf Astoria.
b. Bob Cobb, of Hollywood's Brown Derby restaurant
c. Actor Lee J. Cobb
d. Baseball player Ty Cobb
5. Coleslaw is named for:
a. Singer Nat King Cole
b. The nursery rhyme, "Old King Cole"
c. The Dutch term "koolsla," which means cabbage salad.
d. The opposite of "hot slaw."
6. Waldorf salad is named for:
a. Chef Waldorf Spencer
b. Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York
c. The Duke of Waldorf
d. The town of Waldorf, Md.
7. Ranch dressing is named for:
a. The Ponderosa Ranch from the TV show, "Bonanza"
b. A fictional Mrs. Ranch
c. A dude ranch called Hidden Valley Ranch
d. The movie, "True Grit"
8. Green Goddess dressing is named for:
a. Green Goblin's girlfriend in Spiderman comic books
b. A play called "The Green Goddess"
c. Actress Loretta Young
d. Cecilia Goddess, owner of the Delmonico
9. What gives Golden Glow salad its "golden glow?"
a. Sugar sprinkled with liqueur and flamed
b. Fluorescent marshmallows
c. Orange- and/or lemon-flavored gelatin
d. Serving it outdoors at sunset
1. A. "Perfection Salad," invented by Mrs. John E. Cooke, took third place in a 1905 recipe contest sponsored by Knox Gelatin. She won $100, quite a sum in 1905. The salad, which contains shredded cabbage, celery, green pepper, pimiento and olive slices suspended in Knox gelatin, was very chic in its day. But 21st century salad eaters have a different idea of "perfection."
2. B. The Caesar salad was born at Caesar's Place (NOT Caesar's Palace) in Tijuana, Mexico, on July 4, 1924. The story goes that owner Caesar Cardini ran short on ingredients and improvised with what was on hand: romaine leaves, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, a raw egg, Worcestershire sauce and croutons. The salad was a hit with the Hollywood set who frequently drove to Tijuana during the Prohibition era. Julia Child claimed to have eaten a Caesar salad at Cardini's restaurant when she was a child in the 1920s.
3. C. Insalata Caprese salad in the style of Capri is a salad from the Italian region of Campagnia made of sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, and drizzled with olive oil. The island of Capri is in Campagnia, and the story goes that it became popular after being served in Capri to the jet-setting King Farouk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Faroukof Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt during the 1950s.
4. B. The Brown Derby restaurant was a favorite hangout of early Hollywood stars, such as Jimmy Durante and Katharine Hepburn. Late one night in the 1920s, a hungry Bob Cobb created the salad from the kitchen's leftovers. It became a signature item. The original recipe included chopped avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon and Roquefort cheese.
5. C. Food historians generally agree the term "cole slaw" comes from the Dutch term "koolsla" meaning "cabbage salad."
6. B. Oscar Michel Tschirky (1866-1950), the long-time maitre d' of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, is credited for creating this fruit salad for the hotel's opening March 9, 1896. His book, called "The Cook Book" by "Oscar of the Waldorf," gave a recipe using only apples, celery and mayonnaise. Later versions of the recipe include walnuts.
7. C. According to the makers of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, the origin was the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. Owners Steve and Gayle Henson made it from a blend of dry herbs and spices, then mixed it with mayo and buttermilk. It became so popular the Hensons began marketing packets of the dry mix. The Henson family sold the salad dressing business to The HVR Co. in 1972. So many food companies came up with copycat versions to the point that "ranch" is now a generic term.
8. B. In the 1920s, a play, "The Green Goddess," opened in San Francisco, starring well-known British actor George Arliss. To celebrate, a dinner party was held at the grand Palace Hotel. Chef Philip Roemer served artichoke bottoms filled with shrimp, chicken or crab, mixed with "Green Goddess" dressing.
9. C. The once-popular recipe calls for orange and/or lemon-flavored gelatin, crushed pineapple and shredded carrots. I'm guessing the "golden" glow was more green in Utah, where lime-flavored gelatin is popular.