14 hours ago, weinoo said:
It took me till well into adulthood before the first time I ever ate a salad this way, and then realizing that this is the civilized way to eat a salad.
If by civil you mean healthier I agree. The acid and roughage play digestive moving those blocks of cheese, meat and assorted saturated fats along. I don't know if salad (at the end) was ever proven beneficial but based on my experience I know it was/is. As well, just knowing it was coming inspired us to leave room and eat a bit less of the heavier mains.