First used by Shakespeare in Anthony and Cleopatra: "...in my salad days, when I was green in judgement..."
Get it? It's a fucking pun. Ha Ha! Salad is green, and in my 'salad days' I was green. Get it?
Man, that Shakespeare is right up their with Richard Pryor and George Carlin.
Fuking British and their fucking puns. Give it a fucking rest!
Anyway, I might not have the quotation exactly correct, but the point is that the phrase has nothing to do with 'hardships' or 'comfortable living.'
It refers to inexperience and innocence, not carefree existance.
Man 2: Did you go to Princeton?
2. The stretch of time a person spends in county or state prison.
2. I ate five black assholes tonight. These are truly the salad days.
Rashness with little concern of consequence.
Antony and Cleopatra. William Shakespeare
"My salad days,
When I was green in judgment, cold in blood."
- William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, 1.5
"Salad days, 'nuf said."