I often eat in a cafeteria with a salad bar. Given the order in which they lay out the ingredients, I start with lettuce or spinach, then add other vegetables and ingredients on top. The plates they provide are fairly small, so the salad starts to heap up. Then when I go to eat it, every time I put in my fork, bits and pieces of lettuce and vegetables fall from the stack, off the plate, and onto the table. By the time I'm done, the table is littered with ranch-besmeared leafy objects.
Short of making very small salads, is there a better way to proceed?
Ingredients I often put in my salads include:
Spinach (raw leaves)
Onions (thinly sliced)
It would be nice if I can get a reasonable mix of multiple vegetables and dressing in each bite (so picking beans and tomatoes off the top one by one would not be ideal).