Sunday, June 24, 2012

What Is Health Salad?

Yesterday I became intrigued by an item sold at the deli of our local supermarket: "health salad."

At first glance, it didn't appear that healthy  in that it resembled coleslaw floating in murky liquid. I suspected mislabeling.

It turns out health salad is a real thing.

I've learned that it's a popular item in Jewish delis here in New York, and I was able to track down a recipe. (When you get past the oddness of adding sugar and canola oil to a "health" item, it doesn't sound too bad.)

Ingredient list from
1 medium green cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1 green pepper, sliced paper thin in small strips
2 kirby cucumbers, peeled and sliced paper thin
1/3-1/2 cup sugar
1 onion, sliced paper thin
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil or 1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup white vinegar or 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon oregano

And in fairness, it's probably a lot healthier than Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad.