“Salad Days” – This commonly used phrase was taken from Shakespeare’s play “Anthony and Cleopatra” Act 1 Scene 5. Cleopatra refers back to the time when she was young, bold, and often foolish. Just like vegetables, for example tomatoes, are green when they are immature and are not ripe enough to be plucked. After being used in this context, the phrase laid dormant for hundreds of years until the 19th century, when it was revived with a changed meaning that referred to a time in which our abilities are at their prime. “Salad Days” became the name of a successful musical that premiered at the Bristol Old Vic in 1954, which then sparked a brutish Monty Python spoof “Sam Peckinpah’s Salad Days” in 1972. Mentions of it hit media screens through the movie Independence Day” and TV shows Frasier and Californication. The phrase also was mentioned by Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee Loyal Address, “Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.”
So next time you look back on your salad days, lettuce know!