Les Salades: Should You Eat Salad Before or After a Meal?

by karina on August 13, 2014

Should You Eat Salad Before or After a Meal?
Should You Eat Salad Before or After a Meal?

To eat a salad before or after a meal has always been a topic for discussion among restaurant diners. Les Salades  or salads are usually served before a meal as the first course but for Italians and the French, it matters when to actually eat the salad.

In Italy and France, salad is served after the main course, at the end of big formal meals. But for smaller and informal gatherings, salad is served at the beginning.

That is the tradition for the French and the Italians but doing so also has great benefits. Why should you eat your salad? Because it is good for the body. Vegetables added to your meal will give you more fiber and protein.

Les Salades (salad) at the end of each meal also helps with digestion and tasting of the wine. The French believes salad improves digestion after a meal. As for wine tasting, it is said that vinaigrette salad dressing makes the white wine sweeter and red wine stronger.

For the Americans, they eat their salad before or during a meal. Eating your Les Salades first actually helps with weight control because you get to eat more vegetables and eat less of the main course. More especially if one is very hungry, he gets to eat more veggies. Salad before a meal increases vegetable consumption increases by 23 percent according to the “Appetite” journal.

The vinaigrette is a good way to get vitamins and minerals, as well as, Omega 6 and Omega 3 into one’s diet so eating salad should be part of your daily meal plan. Eating salad first can reduce your caloric intake. 

Does it really matter when salad is eaten? Here at Le Rendez-vous, it really doesn’t matter when you eat your salad. We just want you to eat veggies.

Here are 5 of our top Les Salades ready for your consumption:

Salade ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ (Mixed greens, carrot, red onion, cucumber,tossed with house vinaigerette)

Salade de Betteraves (Roasted beet salad topped with warm goat cheese)

Salade d’Epinards (Spinach salad, bacon vinaigrette, caramelized shallots,tomato, and blue cheese) 

Salade de Poirres Pochées (Mixed greens tossed with port wine honey vin topped with port wine poached pears, rum soaked raisins,pine nuts, goat cheese)

Saumon Niçois (Salmon, anchovies, olives, and classic niçoise vegetables over mixed greens)

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