Salad Days Trivia Quiz

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10. These days we say ‘kilo-island’

Salad dressings have a long history. Soy sauce is 5,000 years old; the Babylonians used oil and vinegar for dressing greens nearly 2,000 years ago. Thousand Island dressing is much younger. It was invented in the early twentieth century by:

A) A fisherman’s wife
B) An operatic tenor
C) A church committee
D) A professional gambler

Your answer — B) An operatic tenor — was incorrect.

Sophia LaLonde of Clayton, N.Y., is credited with the invention of Thousand Island dressing. Her husband worked as a fishing guide, and served shore dinners to his clients, one of whom, an actress named May Irwin, gave the dressing its name. Irwin introduced it to the owner of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was championed by the Waldorf’s Oscar Tschirky, and went on to achieve world-wide popularity.

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