The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78067   Message #1399441
Posted By: PoppaGator
04-Feb-05 - 06:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: salad first or salad after
Subject: RE: BS: salad first or salad after
I've read that salad-first is an American thing; Europeans (well, the French anyway) had served salad after the main course, but somebody in the US decided to go the opposite way. Perhaps just to be contrary, I don't know.

In restaurants here, salad is served before the entree, but not always "first" ~ if you're having soup or some other appetizer course plus a salad plus an entree, the salad might be second. (I think.)

At home, we usually have it either before the main course, OR as the "vegetable" portion of the main meal, simultaneously with meat-or-fish and potato-or-rice-or-pasta. Either way, it's usually in a separate small bowl rather than on the same plate with the rest.

The main food value of lettuce is as roughage (fiber), an aid to the, er, final stages of digestion ~ not as a source of nutrients. When you get to be my age, you'll appreciate the value of roughage. ;^)