Salad dressing, french dressing, fat-free

Fun Facts

  1. Salad dressing is a type of sauce used to bind and flavor greens and/or vegetables.
  2. Using oil and vinegar to dress greens and vegetables dates to Babylonian times, some 2,000 years ago. The word salad can be traced to the ancient Romans who sprinkled salt on grasses and herbs, calling it herba salata.
  3. The kings and queens of Europe were notably fond of salads with royal chefs tossing together as many as 35 ingredients. Henry IV of England was known to prefer a bowl of sliced new potatoes and sardines splashed with herb dressing.
  4. Salad dressings were made from scratch in home kitchens until the turn of the nineteenth century when restaurant owners began packaging and selling their own dressings. One of the first was Joe Marzetti, proprietor of a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant. In 1919, Marzetti began to bottle a variety of dressings from old country recipes.
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