Somehow the moment you say you’re not eating meat people thrust a salad at you. Not an eggplant or mushrooms or broccoli or pulses or grains or rice or pasta or rutabaga. A salad. A big pile of lettuce with some oil and vinegar on it.
[That is because most people only think of meat, fowl, and maybe fish as "eating". There's no belief that you could be satiated without it, and little thought given to whatever else is being served.]
Source: Sasha Dichter’s Blog