Myths and truths about salads

Salads are one of the signature dishes of the Mediterranean diet, and in Agrosabas we work to provide our customers with the best quality products, such as our wide variety of lettuce

This essential dish, made up of different types of vegetables and lettuces, has great health benefits.

The salads are an emblematic dish of world gastronomy and have a fascinating history dating back to antiquity. The first versions of salads are believed to have emerged in ancient Rome and Greece, where they were served as an accompaniment to main courses. Over time, this dish spread throughout Europe, adapting to the culinary preferences of each region. Today, they are an integral part of many diets around the world, from Mediterranean to Asian to Latin American. Their versatility and ability to combine a wide variety of fresh ingredients make them a popular choice for those seeking a balanced and healthy diet.

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Main ingredients of the salads

The main ingredients in salads vary according to region and culinary preferences, but there are some elements that are particularly common. Tomato adds a juicy, refreshing bite and a slightly tart, sweet flavour, while carrot adds a fresh crunch and natural sweetness. The avocado adds creaminess and a delicate, buttery flavour, perfectly complementing the freshness of the other ingredients. The onion, either raw or marinated, adds a hint of spiciness and a different flavour that enhances the salad as a whole. Finally, the cucumber adds a crisp and fresh texture, along with a mild and slightly bitter taste.

On the other hand, there are the varied and fresh lettuces that bring unique textures and flavours to salads. At Agrosabas we are aware of the importance of selecting the best lettuce for your saladsFor this reason we have a wide variety. From lettuce iceberglettuce, with its characteristic crunchy texture and mild flavour, which is a popular choice for basic salads, side dishes or cocktails. Lettuce romanalettuce, with its elongated, slightly bitter leaves, adds a touch of freshness and sophistication to any dish. Lettuce Little Gemwith its slightly sweet and mild flavour, with a hint of bitterness. In addition to these lettuces, European and Spanish cuisine often incorporates other varieties such as the endive plain y curlythe bataviathe trocaderothe green oak leaf y redas well as the red cabbage. These lettuce They provide a wide range of flavours and textures, from the mildness of the batavia to the slight bitterness of the escarole, making it possible to create varied and flavourful salads. To integrate these lettuce varieties into salads, they can be combined in different ways according to the taste and creativity of each cook. For example, a mixed salad can include a mixture of lettuce, iceberg, romana y endiveThe salad can also be made with other ingredients such as the aforementioned tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, and you can even add olives or nuts. Another option is to prepare a more sophisticated salad using romaine lettuce, red oak leaves y greens, y red cabbageof the product range of Agrosabasdressed with a honey mustard vinaigrette. The versatility of these lettuces allows you to create salads for all kinds of occasions, from informal lunches to elegant dinners, always adding a touch of freshness and colour to the table.

Salad Myths and Truths

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Experts cannot confirm that salads make us lose weight; what they can corroborate is that they can control satiety and contribute to weight control, provided that the rest of the intakes are adequate. 

Salads should preferably not be accompanied by dressings. False. Dressings are key in salads to enhance their flavour. As long as you do not use sauces that are high in fat or nutritionally inadvisable, that contain flavourings, preservatives or a high amount of salt, and you use extra virgin olive oils or vinegars, they are an excellent accompaniment. 

Another false myth is that the lettuce at night is fattening and retains fluids. This key ingredient in salads is healthy and has a number of benefits. A large percentage, up to more than 90%, is water, making it a very interesting food, as it provides fibre, potassium and even folic acid. For all these reasons, lettuce does not provide fat, as it is largely water, and even helps to eliminate liquids in the event of fluid retention. Finally, the idea that salad is fattening in the evening is a myth that is easily disproved. Apart from the addition of high-calorie ingredients, such as bread, dried fruit, fatty cheeses or sauces, it is a very healthy dish that provides great benefits for our wellbeing.

From Agrosabas we recommend our customers to incorporate this dish into their daily diet and maintain a healthy and active life.