It’s only May, but 2014 has already been a big year for salads. Chain restaurants are upgrading their leafy green offerings as consumers look for light meals with trendy ingredients, bold flavors, a wider variety of vegetables and more protein. When it comes to salad ingredients, kale is the fastest-growing item, according to menu research firm Datassential. According to its census of chain and independent restaurant menus, kale is in 248 percent more salads now than it was a year ...

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