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Old 08-15-2007, 01:48 AM   #1
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Hi all Americans,

Would someone please tell a dumb Brit how you eat salads?

I mean, do you eat the salad before, during, or after a main dish? Or do you even eat it as a main dish?

We Brits usually treat a salad as a main dish and have a starter first, and a sweet (desert to you) after.

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Old 08-15-2007, 05:18 AM   #2
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Hi, Advoca. There might be regional differences to this, but we generally have the salad first as a starter, especially in restaurants, then have the main dish. As a starter, the salad will have greens, veggies, sometimes cheese, and a dressing. We also have main-dish salads, which are usually larger and often have a meat protein in it, to make it more substantial.

Sometimes, especially in restaurants, people will have an appetizer (starter) and in many places, the salad comes with the meal; sometimes it's available separately. My DH and I rarely have dessert, at home or out, although lately I've been having a small bowl of ice cream an hour or so after dinner.

Hope that answers your question.

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Old 08-15-2007, 05:22 AM   #3
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as one of these "dumb Brits"
it all depends what I`m serving, if it`s a pasta or rice dish (with juices) then the salad will be in its own bowl.
if it`s BBQ then it`ll go on the same plate as a help yourself.
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:46 AM   #4
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Depends, if there is an app, the salad generally comes next. But at times we make a salad the meal. don't serve it after the main however.
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:41 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by auntdot
Depends, if there is an app, the salad generally comes next. But at times we make a salad the meal. don't serve it after the main however.
I think the french eat their salad after the main.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:25 AM   #6
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We serve our salad either as the first course or as the main meal is being served. Sort of like a side dish. Most of us like to finish with salad in our house.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:58 AM   #7
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We usually eat our salad with our meal.
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:46 PM   #8
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I'm with YT, sometimes on the same plate and sometimes it's own lovely bowl. Usually a salad comes first in US restaurants, then the main meal.

I eat salads for lunch almost daily, mostly rocket with veggies or tofu.
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:47 PM   #9
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In the good ole USA we eat salad before the main course but if you are a Frenchy you eat your salad after the main course. but there are thousands of main course salads that are just great as is
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:50 PM   #10
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Growing up in an Italian family, we always eat it after the main course. Usually, right on the emptied plate.

Now, if it's a more substantial type of salad, with cheese or fruit, I will serve it before the entree. But just lettuce, tomato, onion, and other vegs goes at the end of the meal. Nothing other than oil and vinegar, too.

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