I never realized it, but I used to be a salad purist. My fruit salads had nothing but fruit and my "regular" salads had nothing but veggies (don't tell me tomatoes are a fruit -- my mind is closed on that topic).
Last year, Daughter discovered "Christmas Salad" and completely shattered my peaceful rut. That salad has kiwi, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and (shudder) SPINACH!
"You can't do that!," I screeched.
"Try it," she purred.
It was wonderful! Hubby, never to be outdone in the kitchen, started experimenting. Last night we had a salad with regular greens, cucumber, tomato, apple, tropical fruit mix, and mandarin oranges (call them the "secret ingredient"). It was AWESOME!
The moral of this story is that we're never too old to try something new.