They pretty much always start with romaine lettuce and/or other mixed greens and tomatoes. Then I add other stuff.
Here are a few I have made recently, starting with a Southwestern Chicken Salad. Chicken with Mexican seasoning, cheddar cheeses, a little goat cheese (because I LOVE it), and tortilla strips:
Added some Tillamook Cheddar and also a little Monterey Jack cheese to this one:
No cooking required.