Canada is a diverse country with a rich culinary history influenced by many cultures. This means that the "most popular" salad recipe can vary depending on the region, community, or specific cultural background. However, some salads and ingredients are widely beloved across Canada.
One such recipe that has historical roots in Canada is the Nanaimo Bar Salad. Just kidding! Nanaimo Bars are a delicious dessert, but they're definitely not a salad!
A salad that has been notably popular in various parts of Canada, and also has been associated with Canadian cuisine, is the Kale and Maple Salad. The use of maple syrup in the dressing gives it a distinctive Canadian touch. Here’s a simple recipe for it:
Kale and Maple Salad
1 bunch of kale, stemmed and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/4 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese (optional)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the Kale: Wash the kale and remove the tough stems. Chop or tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place the kale in a large salad bowl.
Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
Dress the Salad: Pour the dressing over the kale. Use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale until the leaves are soft and coated with the dressing.
Add Toppings: Top the kale with dried cranberries, toasted seeds, apple slices, and crumbled cheese if using.
Serve: Serve the salad immediately, or let it sit for 10-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Remember, while this salad has elements that can be associated with Canadian flavors, the country's vast diversity means that many other salads and dishes are also beloved and popular.