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What makes a salad -- a salad?
Is it the presence of greens and dressing? Does temperature matter? And what role, if any, should mayo play?
In this bonus mini-episode of The Sporkful, Lila, a high school student from Los Angeles (below), calls into The Sporkful to debate the true definition of salad with Dan and Serious Eats food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt, author of The Food Lab cookbook.
"When people call potato salad and pasta salad a salad, this is a corruption of the term," Lila argues. "It's a deceitful presentation of salad."
So what is the definition of a salad then? If a pasta salad is some kind of salad, should it be distinguished more explicitly from a Caesar? If so, how?
Listen in to the episode for the exciting resolution of this evergreen (shameless pun intended!) debate.
Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:
- "Still In Love With You" by Stephen Clinton Sullivan
Photos: FlickrCC/jules; courtesy of Lila P.