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What is a Yorkshire salad?

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

This custom in itself sparks much debate in our house.

A Yorkshire Salad you may think, what is this? Now if you are a true proud Yorkshire man/woman you will know this is a bowl of malt vinegar with cucumber and onions chopped up thinly and put on the table with a teaspoon to accompany your "starter" of Yorkshire puddings and gravy, no other food is needed. The roast is then served after the Yorkshire Pudding course. Some people like to add a little sugar to balance out the acidity of the vinegar, others simply like salt and pepper or just serve it naked it doesn't need anything more.

What is a Yorkshire salad
Yorkshire Salad

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There are different variations of a Yorkshire Salad and I do think this is down to the area of Yorkshire you are from. I am from South Yorkshire and the above method is the way I was brought up to make it, however I have seen variations including lettuce and mint sauce. I liken this to the traditional dish served in Indian restaurants that accompany poppadum's.

I have even seen cucumber with no edges on ...but this is alien to me, it just wouldn't be the same.

Others disagree completely with the concept of the Yorkshire salad, my husband only has Yorkshire puddings with the rest of his dinner, but on the side so they do not get soggy and he has never even tried a couple of spoons with his Sunday dinner.

Now although my Nottinghamshire Mother inlaw does frequent in the Yorkshire salad delicacy she does alas only agree it should be eaten with Salmon or cheese sandwiches. She also likes to keep her jar in the fridge to nibble at as she goes past and she can keep one jar for approximately a week, she prefers to let it stand for as each day the depth of flavour of the vinegar intensifies and onion and cucumber becomes more pickled.

Let us know your thoughts on the Yorkshire salad. Do you make it differently, have you made it for the first time since reading our blog?


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