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World record-breaking salads
In honour of it being National Salad Month, we’ve scoured the record books (or ‘book’ – thanks go to Guinness World Records) to bring you the most ridiculously enormous examples of the healthiest of meals. Because if we don’t do it, no-one will.
1. Largest Salad
The most colossal traditional mixed salad weighed 19,050kg (41,998lb). That’s about the weight of four male elephants. It was achieved by Kaufland and Salve Club at the Exporom Exhibition Center in Romania, on 23 September 2012. The bowl it was served in measured 58ft in length – twice the length of a Blue Whale. The salad was prepared by 1,000 volunteers from 10am to 5pm. It consisted of six tonnes of tomatoes, four tonnes of cucumber, one tonne of onion, and also huge amounts of peppers, carrots and lettuce, with 400 liters of olive oil and 200kg of salt. The finished dish was part shared among the volunteers and also donated to those in need.
2. Largest Fruit Salad
The largest fruit salad weighed 6,935.88kg (15,291lb), created by University of Massachusetts Dining Services in Amherst, Massachusetts, on 2 September 2013. A group of 369 volunteers constructed the dish, which consisted of 150 varieties of fruit, a third of which were locally grown. The recipe included varieties of apples, bananas, berries, currants, cherries, mint, grapefruit, grapes, mangos, melon, orange, papaya, peaches, pear, pineapple, plum and kiwi, along with exotic fruits including rhambutan, dragonfruit, cherimoya, longan, lychee and starfruit.
3. Largest… Vegetable Mosaic
It’s kind of a salad (wasn’t that a Queen song?), but just a very, very neat salad. Measuring nearly 5,166 square feet, this heart-shaped vegetable mosaic was constructed in Ludhiana, India during the 69th annual conference of the Association of Physicians of India. Designed to spread the message that a diet of rich in vegetables and minerals is a good thing, it broke the record, which had previously been set in Japan, on 21 February 2014. After the record attempt all vegetables were donated to charitable causes and an orphanage.