Ideas for dressings?
At home I usually just use olive oil & vinegar with assorted greens. But we have flavored oils, and several vinegars, including balsamic, affording some nice variety to suit the type of salad.
In restaurants I often also ask for oil & vinegar. But these are not always the best quality, and may be vegetable cooking oil instead of olive with little flavor. So I may have an Italian or a vinaigrette, although it still may not contain olive oil. I never have a creamy dressing, which can be loaded with calories.
In the salad I like some avocado, hard-boiled egg, and the 2 hearts: artichoke hearts and hearts of palm. There was a restaurant in San Antonio that had a salad like that on their menu, difficult to find elsewhere. But avocado and eggs are fairly common, and all the restaurants we frequent will add them to any salad that doesn't already have them, for a modest added charge. And of course at home I can make anything I want.
For more substance I'll have grilled chicken or tuna. I prefer them chunk rather than blended with mayonnaise, another fattening item. I'll even have some anchovy filets at times, or small peeled shrimp. Other things I like (but not necessarily all at once) are olives, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and onions. I generally avoid shredded cheese for the fat, croutons for the carbs, and nuts because I don't like the texture in a salad. But nuts can be a healthy ingredient.