If ever there was an image problem, it surely rotates around the word "salad"! Maybe it goes back to the days when salads were little more than a few limp lettuce leaves, some cucumber and tomatoes? Or maybe it's the notion that it's at best a support act for whatever the main event of the meal is? A side dish, not something to be taken seriously or enjoyed? Salads can be phenomenal and as diverse as the varied ingredients and combinations of ingredients that make them up. Do you ever think of putting fruit in a salad? Fruit works very well both nutritionally and in terms of easy digestion when combined with light salad vegetables such as leafy greens. Try a mango and orange salad, or grapefruit and sultana. Other fruits work well too eg apple, pear, kiwi. And what about savoury salads? The options are endless and can be all cooked, all raw or a combination of the two. There's no law about salads being served cold …. And of course, they can be enhanced with the addition of grains you enjoy, eg rice, quinoa or legumes such as chickpeas, lentils. If a salad is boring then it's a result of either limited available ingredients or something worse ...a lapse of creativity! Seriously though, salads can add such a lot to one's diet. If you've typically avoided them, have another go and make it great!