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Antony and Cleo.

Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 04, 2000

In Reply to: Salad days posted by Todd Eagle on June 04, 2000

Antony and Cleopatra by W. Shakespeare

CLEOPATRA
"My salad days,
When I was green in judgment: cold in blood,
To say as I said then!"

A person's "salad days" are the days of youth, when he or she is "green" (without experience), but fresh and hopeful.
But the important connotation of the phrase (as per Evan,the Word Detective of the Morris Clan) is the sense of crisp, fresh youth, tossed with abandon and topped with the tangy vinaigrette of boundless optimism.