National Salad Month

Since lettuce and spinach are excellent ways for people to incorporate vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients into their diets, they may want to mark May on their calendars. That’s because this month is National Salad Month — a time for everyone to re-examine the role of salads in their daily lives.

According to recent surveys, the average American consumes approximately four salads a week. Unfortunately, many of these salads are drenched in high-calorie salad dressings that negate some of the health benefits of eating a salad. That’s why everyone is encouraged to think more carefully about the salads they purchase or prepare in order to make better health choices.

The History of National Salad Month

Although we’re not entirely sure when National Salad Month was established, we believe it was during a time when American salad consumption was at an all-time low. This would have been during the 1980s.

The popularity of salads began to grow again in the 1990s and is now at an all-time high. Even so, many of the salads made today are loaded with high-calorie nuts, cheeses, and salad dressings. So maybe, just maybe, the focus of this month should not be on eating more salads, but instead on eating BETTER salads.

Facts About Salads

Let’s talk about salads a bit more by going over some of the facts that we’ve discovered about them during our research for National Salad Month. We found the following facts to be quite entertaining. Let’s take a look, shall we?

  • The word “salad” comes from the Latin word for salt, “Sal.” That’s because the Romans used salted vegetables to make their salads.
  • The first known salad recipe was found in the 14th-century English cookbook called The Forme of Cury.
  • The 14th-century English salad was made with lettuce, spinach, and leeks that were garnished with flowers, garlic, and herbs.
  • The term “Salad Days” refers to a time of youthful inexperience.

Observing National Salad Month

Although many people advocate for eating more salads during this month, we think that people should emphasize quality over quantity. Instead of settling for the same supermarket salad that you always have, make a real salad with fresh greens, soft fruits, nuts, and cheeses. Maybe add a few croutons on top.

Eschew salad dressings made with high-fructose corn syrup and opt for a simple vinegar and oil dressing. Now that’s the way to observe National Salad Month. And while you’re at it, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalSaladMonth on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 1 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
May 1 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 1 Monday
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