Long story short, everyone's definition of salad is different. In my case, salad always include leafy vegetables, with or without meat, egg, or fish...etc. I was surprised many years ago when I was served with the famous snicker/marshmallow/green apple salad:
To this day, I understand that others call it a salad, but I secretly have yet to consider it a "salad".
How about you? What is your definition of salad?