I don’t particularly like “chips” (French fries), and I find they rarely come with the food I order (I suppose it depends where one eats!). I love salads (and by salad I do not mean just a few pieces of lettuce and a slice or two of tomato, but proper exotic salads, correctly dresssed). And no I am not given to eating at expensive restaurants.
In any Spanish restaurant (aside from fast food joints) you can request a guarnición de verdura, for example, if you don’t want salad.
On the odd occasion when I have had patatas fritas in a Spanish restaurant, or when someone else at the table had them, the chips were done to perfection—light, non-greasy and even good to look at.
Just keep away from the “greasy spoon” establishments!!!