I think overall, salads get a pretty bad rap for being "boring" or "too healthy." Pish Posh!
They are an excellent vehicle with which to utilize all of the fresh produce rolling out during the summer months. Personally, I enjoy new ideas and creative suggestions for salads. They mean I have the chance to lay back a little, have a low maintenance meal that's high in quality as well as keep any extra heat out of my house. Great article in the NYT's from Mark Bittman w/101 ideas for simple salads here.