What is a “weed salad”?
Millions of cannabis lovers, including you, have probably made at least one, whether you know it or not. A “salad” is when you mix and smoke up two or more different strains of cannabis blended together in the same bowl.
The term appeared in Urban Dictionary in 2009, though every circle names it different. Weed lovers report salads being called:
- The blendo
- Mendo blendo
- Grower’s surprise
- House party
- Spring mix
- One fancy industry person calls it her “estate blend.”
Many ensaladas are born of desperation—two humble stoners combining the last shake from several bags into one full bowl, said Cannabis Pharmacy author Michael Backes.
Backes is also the world’s leading cannabis blend-maker through his California brand, Perfect.
“I’ve discovered salads where it’s a ‘stone soup’ thing; where everybody brings something and throws it in the pot, and goes, ‘Wow, this is really good. What the hell is this?’” he said.
“It can be crap, or it can be a masterpiece you’ll never reproduce.”Michael Backes, author, Cannabis Pharmacy
“It goes both ways. It can be crap, or it can be a masterpiece you’ll never reproduce.”
Backes made his first salad—some chocolatey, body-buzzing Thai Stick mixed with some piney, euphoric Kona Gold—back in ‘74 or ‘75, he said. “Mixing them was great because you got this symphony rather than a solo.”
For thousands of years, humans have cherished wine, whiskey, and coffee blends. Cannabis breeders certainly spend every day crossing the best of the new with the best of the old for an even better future.
Basic salad tip #1: Pair similar flavors or families
Weed comes in thousands of varieties called “strains” or “cultivars.” But they generally fall into broad categories of flavors. There’s fuel-smelling, or “gassy” strains, fruity ones, earthy and incense-smelling strains; there’s savory, and there’s sweet.
“You have enough variety in the marketplace that if you know what you’re looking for you can get different things to blend,” said Backes.
“It’s up to your personal tastes and preferences,” said Brett Feldman, co-founder of Wonderbrett, a top-shelf indoor flower brand with a new BLENDS product. “There really are no rules. Start with the strains you like the most and experiment from there. It’s like making a smoothie.”
Pair fuel with fuel
This seems pretty intuitive. Got two gassy nugs leftover—like a Larry’s Breath and a Supreme Diesel? Combine for a super pungent, biting experience. The terpenes should match up or complement each other. If you put an OG Kush with a Sour Diesel, you just recreated Headband in a bowl.
You can generally combine strains with others in their strain family. For instance, a GSC and a Wedding Cake are going to taste fine together since GSC is a parent of Wedding Cake.
The only downside here is conformity.
“A bunch of Kushes against each other? You’re blending the same thing with the same thing,” said Backes. “I don’t want to take a brown egg and a white egg and try to make something that tastes different, because it’s not. Take some shallots and an egg, because that’ll make something that tastes different.”
Make a fruit salad
You can pair fruity strains with other fruits, like a Super Lemon Haze with a Tangie for a fruit salad. Add some Papaya for a tropical journey. Think Pineapple Express and Mimosa. Yum.
Blue Runtz and Strawberry Cough marry fruit flavors and share Haze genetics for aligned effects.
The top-shelf indoor flower brand Wonderbrett just released its first blend: a tropical and purple mix of Papaya x Grapes of Wrath.
To chop or to tear?
Some prefer to chop their Romaine oh so delicately with a sharp knife. Others will tell you that tearing the lettuce by hand allows for little niches to snag the dressing ensuring flavour in every bite. Others pay no mind at all to how they ready their lettuce. Something tells me all will be forgotten once the THC oil kicks in. How do you prepare your Caesar salad lettuce?
Oil or creamy dressing?
It is likely that at some point you will experience an oil only Caesar Salad dressing. In fact, many people believe that this is the only way to serve Caesar salad. Others will tell you that this is not a Caesar Salad dressing at all. Their belief is that a Caesar Salad dressing is creamy, thick, with only a touch of oil. You will soon see that we enjoy a combination dressing. Our rendition is rich and creamy with a healthy dose of cannabis oil for balance.
Here are a couple ideas of when to serve your Cannabis Caesar Salad
Make this crowd-pleasing Cannabis Caesar Salad the feature at your next dinner event. Why not pay tribute to its heritage and serve it alongside our savoury Cannabis Chili Con Carne or Cannabis Guacamole?
In addition, Cannabis Caesar Salad is hearty enough to serve at any meal. If you’re creating a light lunch, or a full cannabis meal, this salad is perfect for any time of day. Consider adding protein to satiate a salacious appetite. Add chicken to your Cannabis Caesar salad. If you’re a seafood fan, cannabis infused Caesar salad works well with cannabis oil tossed garlic shrimp.
Create Your Cannabis Caesar Salad Today!
Follow the recipe below to infuse you caesar dressing with THC oil or CBD oil. Hit us up in the comments with any protein recommendations. Tag us in a picture of your delicious dish on social media.
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Cannabis Oil
- 6 Cloves Garlic minced
- 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise
- 6 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Also 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 4 Cups Bread Cubed
- 1 Head Romaine Lettuce, Chopped
- Salt and Pepper To Taste
- Mince 3 cloves of garlic, and combine in a small bowl with mayonnaise, anchovies, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and lemon juice.
- Add cannabis oil to the dressing.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cut the remaining 3 cloves of garlic into quarters, and add to hot oil. Cook and stir until brown, and then remove garlic from pan. Add bread cubes to the hot oil. Cook, turning frequently, until lightly browned. Remove bread cubes from oil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Place lettuce in a large bowl. Toss with dressing, remaining Parmesan cheese, and seasoned bread cubes.
- Serve the Cannabis Caesar Salad!