Since the invention of the salad by skinny, health-conscious women, mankind has constantly striven to make the salad more palatable. Significant advancements have included croutons, tuna salad, bacon vinaigrette, and the buffalo chicken salad with bleu cheese crumble. Now our researchers are proud to announce their latest leap foward: a salad that is composed mostly of fried corn fritters. Progress!

Food Republic contributor Ed Hardy is Sous Chef at Red Rooster Harlem.