When my daughter was in the hospital, I used to have lunch in the hospital cafeteria. They had a really great salad bar, so I got salad pretty often. I happened to notice one day that all of the nurses who were getting salads were putting raisins on them. Day after day, I would see them so I asked one of them about it. I couldn't imagine that raisins combined with any sort of dressing would taste good, but the nurse I asked assured me that it was delicious. She suggested I add just a small spoonful and try it. "It's surprisingly addictive" she said. I took her advice and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
I would have to say the most unusual thing I like on my salad is hot, cooked rice. Plain or flavored rice, I like to put a little over my salad before I add the dressing (I see you shaking your head at the idea of it!). It's not usually available at salad bars, but I like to do it at home once in a while.
I've seen a few new salad recipes I'd like to try. One has a hot bacon dressing, grilled chicken and feta cheese (not the healthiest choice, but it sure sounds good). Another has candied walnuts and dried cranberries. I'd also like to perfect a classic Caesar Salad.
How about you? Do you put anything unusual on your salad? Do you have a favorite salad? What about dressing, creamy style or viniagrette? If you wouldn't eat a salad if it were the last food on earth, feel free to tell me that, too. I want to know!