What comes to mind if you saw "Monk Salad" on a menu?
There was a restaurant in Covington, KY called Walt's Hitching Post ...hard to describe; sort of an upscale Rib and Chops house straight out of 1965. It has been closed for a few years now, but back when I lived in the area we'd go several times a month. The ribs were great, and your meal included a basket of toasted, buttered rye bread Texas toast.
They also had a salad appetizer they called a "Monk Salad" that consisted of thick slices of beefsteak tomato, green pepper rings and raw, white onion rings, stacked in that order, all topped with a tangy garlic-tomato dressing and bleu cheese crumbles. It was great, but I've never seen anything like it elsewhere.
I wanted to find out if it was a common dish in other parts of the country. If Google is any indication, I don't think it is; and in fact, it's origin might be Middle Eastern. I have seen a few references to a Monk Salad (Saltet El Raheb or Batenjan el Raheb) consisting of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. This variation is more chopped like many Middle Eastern salads, but they could be related.
Anyone else heard of a Monk Salad, and if so, what is it like?
The Lebanese salad seems nothing like the restaurant salad.
Maybe it was originally put together there by a chef called Monk?
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possibly I'd also imagine it being seasoned with "monk's pepper" (Vitex agnus-castus) a vageuly peppery spice also known as chaste tree. It get the names because, supposedly it's an anti-aphrodesiac (it supresses libido). Actually one of the funnier things I ever read was the formula for an old (I emphasize old, it would be illegal now) version of the Morrocan spice mix Ras-al-Hanout (which is not a specific spice mix, but orginally a mixture of whatever the best spices the spice shop had on hand was) that contained both monk's pepper and Spanish Fly (the ground up green beetle that is sometimes believed to be a potent aprodesiac) I wonder if they were using one to neutralize the other.