My curiosity is probably odd, lol, but I'm genuinely curious about this...
1. Growing up, did you have a lettuce-based salad with your dinners at home on most/all days?
2. Was it served before, with, or after dinner?
3. What country did you grow up in? (And if your ancestors were from a different country, were your salad-eating habits from that culture?)
I grew up eating salad with every dinner. It was really unusual for us not to have it. In fact, it was my chore for years to prep the salad when I got home from school. We always ate it before dinner, except for my dad who ate his after (that had been the custom in his family growing up).
Talking with some people in my life about this, I learned that salad with dinner wasn't as ubiquitous as I had thought it was. I also learned that most of the people I've had this discussion with ate their salad with their meal, rather than before as most of my family did.
Both of my parents are Italian-American. For my dad's side, the cultural custom was to eat salad after dinner. My mom's side either stopped that custom or never had it in the first place, because they all ate it before dinner.
I don't know why I find different eating customs so interesting, but I do.