When I think of salad, I always get flashbacks to my dieting days. Back then, ‘salad’ was what I was supposed to be eating as much of as possible. Salad was THE dieting food to be beat all dieting foods. Every diet had a different list of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods but all – absolutely every single one I attempted – exhorted me to eat as much salad as I could. Some of them even made it mandatory to start each meal with one to fill my stomach up with so called ‘free calories’ as I would then, or so the theory went, eat less of the evil stuff: fat, sugar, carbs and pretty much anything else.