Today's experimental salad: grated beetroot, apple, green olives, lemon juice and Cornish yarg (a cheese that comes wrapped in nettles). A bit of a messy salad, but not without virtue.
As for whether these truly are my salad days, well I'm feeling jaded not youthful and although much of this is due to inexperience of the job, somehow salad days still sounds inappropriately upbeat and delicious for how I feel. Perhaps wilted salad days, seen better days or congealed mashed potato days would be more accurate. Not good.