Salad before Dessert?
In the United States we typically eat our greens first thing but in other countries this isn't so.
According to Taylor Tobin from Huffpost, "American chefs and etiquette experts point to the filling nature of roughage to defend salad’s position as the first course, but in many other cultures, enjoying a salad after the main entree is considered the right move for proper digestion."
In Italy, salads are consumed with the entree or directly after, before dessert. Chef Tony Gargano of Osteria Bigolaro in Chicago says, "It is believed that serving salad after the main course aids in digestion and prepares the palate for wine. That’s because the olive oil helps to settle and balance the digestion, and the acidity of the vinegar can refresh the taste buds and heighten the taste of dessert and wine,” In France and India, salads are consumed after the entree and is said to aid in digestion and vitamin absorption. However we eat our salads, at the start or end of our meals, the leafy, vitamin, and fiber filled dish is always a good idea.