A menu is always incomplete without the inclusion of salads. Referred to as the "king of the dishes" in some cultures, this healthy dish is a must-have on all occasions. Salads have been part of human meal-plan for years dating back to the times of Roman civilization.

Salads are more popular today as healthy diet food and include everything from green leafy vegetables to boiled sting ray tails. The constituents of salad such as dressing, seasoning, and presentation differ from region to region. Many of the international food chains which in the last century catered to junk food only, have now started to dispense ready-made salads in order to woo the health junkies. Through there are unlimited varieties of salads, we can broadly classify salads into six categories based on different bases used and dressings.

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GARDEN SALAD. Also known as green or tossed salads, these are mostly for the vegan taste buds, but there are exceptions. The name comes from the facts that the salad appears to be completely green, as majority of the ingredients used are leafy veggies. The salad can be divided into tow parts - the base and dressing. The base can be any leafy vegetables, such as lettuce or cabbage, while the dressing can be of any type. The common dressing types are ranch dressing, honey mustard, Italian dressing, Thousand Island dressing, French dressing or blue cheese dressing. These salads are very low in carbohydrate content and are known as perfect diet food. They can be either tossed or prearranged in specific shapes.

VEGETABLE SALAD. the difference between vegetable salad and garden salad is that the former utilizes all kinds of vegetables, not just the green ones. Vegetable salads don't necessarily appear green. Common vegetables include carrots, cucumbers, onions and radishes. Moreover, lot of external ingredients such as tomatoes, mashed potatoes, pasta, olives, eggs, cheese, meat, or even shrimps, can be added to the salad is largely vegan and thus the name. Vegetable salads are also mostly used for starters.

BOUND SALAD. Like the name suggests, these type of salads are bound to stay together. These salads are made of simple bases, but the dressing used is thick and binding. Mostly, thick sauces like mayonnaise are used as the dressing. If a portion of a bound salad is served on plate, it will not change its shape or decor. Bound salads can always be presented and stored for later, which makes them perfect for picnic and barbecue parties.

DINNER SALAD. Dinner salads are also known as Entree salads. They are mostly non-vegetarian and contain chicken pieces and seafood suck as shrimps or prawns. Fish steak such as tuna or salmon can be utilized too. Sliced pieces of meat can again be used to dress the salad or be used as toppings. they are considered as main courses and are heavy intake. Examples of this type of salad are Caesar's and Greek salad.

FRUIT SALAD. These are pretty common delicacies which involve fruits instead of vegetables. Fruit salads are very sweet in taste and can be made from fresh or canned fruit. The fruit contained in fruit salads is in larger pieces than in fruit cocktails. However, the recipe for the two is mostly similar. Sometimes fruit salads are dressed with ice creams or syrups.

DESSERT SALAD. They are sweet salads that serve as desserts. Dessert salads are considered as salads bot by constituents they contain, but by the way of presentation. such salads mostly employ jellies, whipped creams, wafers, and some fruits as their major ingredients.