I grew up in a family where the definition of salad was lettuce, celery, carrots, cucumber, red or green pepper (capsicum), and sometimes other vegetables like tomatoes. And still is, actually.
You had a choice between Caesar dressing and Italian dressing.
You did not get creative and try altering this combination by tossing together orange with spinach, or beans and pumpkin and try passing that off as a salad. You probably would have been stared back into the kitchen if you tried!
The funny thing is, even as an adult, having had this ‘recipe’ for salad ingrained in my brain, it can be very difficult to let go and try new combinations. And then you wonder why I roll my eyes at the word ‘salad’. If you ate the same type of salad for 20+ years every week, you’d be bored too!
Of course the best way to break this routine is to push what you’re used to. As it turns out, when you push your comfort levels, you end up with delicious bowls of pistachio spinach salad.