Back in the 80's, hubby and I got very enthusiastic about Leslie and Susannah Kenton's books about "Raw Energy". So we started eating many items raw. I come from a very conservative family - I don't think that my own mother ever ate a mushroom of any sort in her life, in case it was a poisonous toadstool!!! I was really SHOCKED when I first read about many of these items - I'd never even COOKED some of them, let alone eaten them raw! We now regularly eat raw broccoli, cauliflower, baby corn-on-the-cob, chinese leaves, mooli (like mild radish), spinach, courgettes, bean sprouts, leeks, mangetout, sugar snap peas (windy!) mushrooms, and, when we used to grow them, baby squashes and baby beetroots! If you add a selection of these to your 'normal' salad - lettuce, tomato, watercress, chicory, carrot, celery, onion, peppers, radish and cucumber, it adds a huge variety of textures, colours and flavours to your meal. They are cheap when in season, bulky, take longer to chew, are very filling, and best of all are Superfree!!! My favourite at present is leeks, which give a lovely, mild (well, nearly always mild - they do vary!) onion flavour to salads, much nicer - and cheaper - in my opinion than spring onions, which can be overpowering! We've eaten these regularly over the last 20+ years with no ill effects, so why not give them a go? If YOU have any unusual salad ideas, please do post them, so that we can all have a try!!! With apologies to all you vegetarians out there, to whom this is common sense - and also to Starlight...!!!