A. Elizabeth Sloan

Salads are rapidly moving center stage and center plate. They topped the National Restaurant Association’s list of menu items diners ordered more often in the past two years, up 37%, followed by chicken and seafood entrees.

At home, salads are the most likely main-meal accompaniment after potatoes, and as major sandwich and fast-food chains are moving toward menuing upscaled main-dish salads, like Atlanta Bread Co.’s Chop Stix Chicken Salad and Schlotzky’s Mediterranean Eggplant Feta Salad, ther…

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