People often poke fun of their friends for ordering or having "just a salad" when eating together. However, I have noticed this trend is going out of style with the greater awareness of health and nutrition in our society. Anyhow, salads exist all over the world, in every culture, salad is just a mixture of vegetables and fruit, legumes, nuts, stale bread or upgraded fried bread, some herbs for seasoning and a little oil, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, even cheese, meat, eggs, I guess I've named a food from every food group, so why can't a salad suffice for a meal?
One of my favorite salads of all times is quite simple:
2 small cucumbers (Mediterranean or Persian cucumbers)
1 tomato (any variety, this is roma)
5-6 kalamata olives
feta cheese, cut up in 1/2 inch cubes
juice of one lemon
Slice cucumbers and dice tomatoes, toss with cheese, olives, lemon juice, oil and salt.