There are a couple of restaurants I like that tend to put too much dressing on their salads. I don't know about you, but I don't like getting my dressing on the side because it is almost impossible to get it distributed evenly over the salad. I don't want a dab of dressing with every bite, I want each leaf of my salad to be very lightly coated with dressing.
I have tried asking for my salad "lightly dressed", or "with half dressing", etc. Invariably the salad comes out with the dressing on the side. Is the kitchen unable to put half a dipper of dressing? Have I offended the salad chef? Or are they just too lazy to figure out what it is I'm asking for? I understand that asking for a light amount of dressing leaves things open to interpretation, but when I say 'half dressing', how complicated can that be?