Two words: ANYTHING GOES.
Mix, match, chop, shred, julienne, steam, pulverize, etc:
While this base salad contains romaine and iceberg lettuces, salad doesn’t have to revolve around lettuce. There’s an unlimited amount of salad possibilities and your salad can become whatever you desire it to be.
If you’re a beginner, the goal is to put together a variety of vegetables in any manner that you will look forward to eating them. Once you’re accustomed to that, you’ll steadily be led to add in additional options, gradually weeding out or decreasing the amounts of the less nutritive options while simultaneously cycling in options that pack a bigger nutrient punch.
But if you’re not there yet, you’re not there yet.
Don’t rush yourself there. Make peace with yourself here. Wherever that IS.
Because it’s not about getting it right in the eyes of the world. It’s about having peace with yourself. What it takes to do so cannot be dictated to you by anybody else. You have to discover it for yourself.
Relax. We’re off the clock.