Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, and the days sunnier and brighter, it’s hard not to look at our waistlines and think: What happened to our big summer diet? Well, it’s never too late to make healthy changes to your lifestyle—and National Salad Month is the perfect time to start. Created by the Association for Dressing and Sauce in 1992, National Salad Month encourages people of all ages to eat clean, nutritious meals more often. At Sipipa, we offer a variety of healthy, filling salads that that taste just as good—if not better!—than less nutritious options.
History of Salad
Rave reviews from Aristotle
Famed philosopher Aristotle began raving about the health benefits of Swiss chard in 4th century B.C. He wrote specifically about red chard, a nutrient-packed leafy green that tastes great sauteed, roasted, and in delicious salads.
Depictions from Leonardo da Vinci
The legendary artist first painted salad in his “Leda” piece in 1504. The goddess of fertility is shown in the painting holding a large bouquet of lettuce, making da Vinci the first painter to to depict salad.
A new type of lettuce
Iceberg lettuce first broke into the mainstream in 1894 as a solution to transportation problems with other types of greens and lettuce.
The world’s most famous salad
In 1924, well-known Italian chef Caesar Cardini, who was working in Tijuana at the time, created the Caesar salad. While his version omitted anchovies and only used Italian olive oil, it birthed the delicious Caesar salad we know and love today.
Access to healthy choices
The very first salad bar launched in Chicago in 1939, giving diners a healthy lunch or dinner option when going out to eat.
Benefits of Salad
Tasty AND Filling
Lettuce and other leafy greens are packed with fiber to fill you up without adding tons of extra calories to your diet.
Full of nutrients
Leafy greens have plenty of vital nutrients that you need to stay healthy and strong, such as magnesium, zinc, selenium, folate, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12. This will help you strengthen your bones and keep your skin, nails, and hair clear and shiny.
Fresh and simple
When you’re busy on the go, it’s tough to make time for cooking. Fortunately, most big, healthy salads require little to no cooking.
Salads are designed to be made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, so you never have to stick to the same boring meal. In summer, you can try a refreshing combination of spinach, strawberries, and sweet balsamic dressing. Meanwhile, in winter, butternut squash, kale, and toasted pine nuts make a hearty, comforting meal.
At Sipipa, we take our salads very seriously. That’s why we offer a breadth of fresh options for every diner. Take a look at our menu and choose your favorite—it’s harder than you think!