It didn’t matter what we were having for dinner, growing up, there was always salad on the table. This was before pre-washed, boxed lettuces were as common, so the base was usually leaf lettuce or fresh spinach with green onions sometimes fruit sometimes tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers, sometimes a bit of goat cheese or pine nuts and always lots of lemon juice.
We were really lucky. It meant that we got our greens every day in a world before green smoothies, green supplements, or even kale, as we know it now, anyway. It also meant that we learned to crave fresh veggies from a young age. This didn’t mean we weren’t hitting up the candy store, the DQ or eating pizza pockets on some soccer practice nights, but it was all balanced out most nights of the week.