Kaylin's Kitchen - May is National Salad Month - What is your "Salad Sign"?

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Nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare, salads are among the most healthy and versatile foods around. The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS), an Atlanta-based trade association, welcomes May as National Salad Month and encourages creativity when incorporating a salad into your healthy eating regimen.

The second full week of May is also National Herb Week. Interesting enough, the word "Salad" comes from the Latin "herba salta," which actually means "salted herbs."  History tells us that long ago before the fork was invented, they called their salads salted herbs because that is what they were: bits of leafy herbs dressed with salty oils. 

Today's Challenge: Find your Salad Sign below, does it describe you? 
Send your findings to reporter@quicknewhavennews.com

Kaylin's Strawberry Lettuce Salad
    1 head romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried, and chopped
    2 bunches fresh spinach - chopped, washed and dried
    1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
    1 red onion, sliced
    1/3 cup mayonnaise
    3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    1/3 cup white sugar
    1/4 cup milk
    Sugared Pecans

1.    In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, spinach, strawberries and sliced onion.
2.    In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, milk and poppy seeds. Shake well and pour the dressing over salad. Toss until evenly coated.

Sugared Pecans: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter; stir in 1 cup pecan halves and 2/3 cup sugar. Sauté until golden brown.

A survey commissioned by The Association for Dressings and Sauces reveals your salad style has a lot to do with the sign of the zodiac you were born under.

Aquarians tend to be "team-players." As such, they prefer the most popular salad dressing flavor, Ranch. Aquarians are most likely of all polled to try to maintain a balance of healthy eating. They prefer leisure and social activities and are Mixers, which means they mix their salad dressing to coat every item in their salad bowl.

People born under the sign of Pisces prefer physical activity in their spare time and like activities that some may consider risky-rock climbing, mountain biking and other extreme sports. Although more likely to be male and ultra-competitive, Pisces prefer individual activities with little or no competition. Their taste buds turn to Italian dressing.

Aries are health-conscious, which makes sense, as they are more partial to low-fat vinaigrettes. People born under the sign of Aries like to eat salads more often than those born under other signs (4 times per week whereas most eat them 3 times a week). Aries are also not into temptation-they only have two flavors of salad dressing on hand instead of the 3 or 4 that most others have in their fridge. Aries also prefer physical activities and mentally challenging activities as hobbies and enjoy intense competition.

Taureans prefer creative activities as hobbies and tend to have jobs in business and financial operations. They are the most likely to use Ranch dressing on a regular basis. They see themselves as "team players" and hold professional occupations, including specialty and technical positions.

Geminis prefer homebody leisure activities such as reading or gardening when they have free time. The "twins" sign is never satisfied to do one thing for long, however, and is apt to sample many different salad dressing flavors and never settle on a favorite. Most Geminis hold professional occupations and are not crazy about taking risks.

People born under the sign of Cancer are most likely to enjoy Blue Cheese dressing and are usually dippers, which means you'll often see them dipping their salad into salad dressing which they order "on the side." They tend to eat whatever they want and not worry about the balance of their diet. Cancers either thrive on intense competition or are very stressed out by it and those who enjoy competition usually hold jobs in sales.

Leos are open to activities that may be considered risky but with the proper training are safe, such as Bungee jumping and rock climbing. Their curiosity is also expressed through their love of physical hobbies such as exercising, biking or hiking. Leos are Mixers and are evenly split among Italian, Blue Cheese and French dressings.

Virgos are focused on eating healthful, balanced meals and have salads at least 3 times per week. Their flavor of choice is Ranch with Italian as the runner-up. They tend to be toppers, which means they pour their dressing on top of their salads and eat from the top of the salad down to the plate. Virgos see themselves as team players and enjoy a mix of social, leisure and physical activities.

Libras are Mixers, which means they mix their salad dressing evenly throughout their salad and are most likely to use Italian. Libras are more open to cultural events as hobbies than their other sign-mates. Libras are risk-averse and admit to eating a careful combination of healthy and indulgent foods, just to be safe.

Scorpios are more likely to engage in dipping than the average person. And, after Ranch dressing, Scorpios prefer Italian. Scorpios are most likely to be younger women and have children. They are team players and tend to be highly educated, have higher incomes and be Internet savvy.

People born under the sign of Sagittarius like French best. French dressing users are more likely to be Toppers and are risk-averse. They instead prefer individual, creative activities with no competition. Sagittarians either love competition or hate it and are more likely to be female. Sagittarians are likely to hold professional or technical jobs.

Capricorns like variety. Their love of variety makes them flexible and changeable and the life of the party. They're always trying new things and, therefore, tend to have a lot of different salad dressing flavors on hand at any given time. Visit the cupboard or fridge of your Capricorn friends if you want variety-they have at least four different salad dressings in there at any given time. Go on, look.

The Association for Dressings and Sauces is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers to the salad dressing and condiment sauce industry. For more information, visit the Associations' Web site at www.dressings-sauces.org.

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