I don't think of it as "salad" as much as a few raw greens sitting between my meat and my plate.
I love this question, and the answers, because nowhere is a definition of "Salad" offered.
Thus I step into the lurch, offering the missing terms for intelligible discussion.
Start with a Cobb Salad. Next, let us remove irrelevant items. Lose lettuce and tomato, and other greens that qualify on some menus. Homer and Bart got this right.
Keep: bacon, avocado, chicken breast, hard boiled egg, and appropriate high-fat dressing.
Wait. I happen to enjoy the festive greens, the tomato, that go with conventional Cobb.
So, let us agree to keep Cobb intact, with the proviso that greens and tomato are understood as delivery system for essentials: bacon, avocado, chicken breast, hard boiled egg, dressing.
This will all be on the quiz.
During the Houston summer (which lasts from April to October), salad with lots of meat and mashed avocado is a staple lunch. From November to March (5 weeks of Indian summer, 8 weeks of fall, 2 weeks of winter, 2 weeks of spring, 3 weeks of " this would be summer if I was in NY"), my leafies are limited to the occasional collard thet insists on trying to run through the bacon fat in my cast iron skillet.
I eat salad as a meal frequently. Mind you, it has significant meat and cheese and weighs over 2 pounds (pay by the ounce salad bar). But it's the most convenient way of avoiding cereal grains when buying a quick lunch near my office.
I don't love salad so I don't have it as a whole meal very often. However, my dh loves salad and frequently requests it for his lunches. I usually use romaine and/or spinach as the base and top it with whatever fresh veggies we have that week from the farmers market (right now that's red bell peppers, multi-colored carrots, and cucumbers). I always include some kind of protein: leftover chicken, beef, pork, taco meat, crumbled hamburgers, canned salmon or tuna, tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. Then I add an "extra" or two: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. He doesn't care for dressing, but if I'm making a salad for myself I whip up some dressing to go on top.
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