As much as I love Toby Ziegler, I gotta disagree with him here. I love salads, and I eat them frequently. Here's one I had for dinner just the other night:
Generally, my approach to the salad over the years has been pretty minimalistic when I make one at home: some greens and some dressing, and I like to beef things up by putting tuna on top (yes, the entire can). But lately I've decided to start adding more stuff to my salads, so I've started keeping a couple of plum tomatoes on hand at all times, for instance. I'm not a huge fan of raw tomato, but I like it just fine in stuff, so fresh diced tomato on a salad is great. I also adore banana peppers to an almost obscene degree; I bought a jar of 'em last week and I'm already a third of the way through it. Carrots are great, as are sliced mushrooms. Grated cheese? You bet. Oh, and hard-boiled eggs go great on salads. You make a nice big salad with all that stuff on it, and you don't even need any meat.
I do tend to have a heavier hand with the dressing than I probably should, although I do balance this out by getting lighter versions. My favorite dressing is actually a light Italian, preferably made with extra-virgin olive oil. But I do like good old Ranch, too. I used to be a big fan of Thousand Island, but I haven't had that in years, and Russian dressing can be pleasing, too. Haven't had that in years, either. I also like to use olive oil and red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, and I sometimes cap the whole thing off with a torn-off piece of flatbread (pita or na'an being my favorites) to sop up what's left of the dressing at the end.
Long live the salad!