corn salad

noun

Definition of corn salad

: any of several herbs (genus Valerianella) of the valerian family especially : a low European herb (V. locusta synonym V. olitoria) that is widely cultivated for its leaves used in salads and as a potherb

called also lamb's lettuce, mâche

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Corn salad came by way of its name from its occurrence as a weed in grain fields: it's the salad green found growing among rows of corn. The plant is native to southern Europe but is widely found in both Europe and North America. Corn salad isn't a particularly refined name for a salad green, but the plant has other names that broaden its appeal. It's been called lamb's lettuce about as long as it's been called corn salad-that is, since the late 1500s-and in the late 1600s English speakers applied a tried-and-true technique for building a food's cachet: they started using its French name. That mâche on the fancy restaurant's menu? It's corn salad with a Continental nom de plume. Bon appétit.

Examples of corn salad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grilled skirt steak with smoky corn salad Serves 4 STEAK 1. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A smoky corn salad tops slices of lean, flavorful grilled skirt steak," 5 Aug. 2019 For example, a class to make grilled steak and Greek corn salad requires ingredients including red wine vinegar, cube steaks and cherry tomatoes. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Is a Bobby Flay and Amazon Alexa collab a recipe for streaming service success at Discovery?," 25 Sep. 2019 Slice the steaks thinly and top with the corn salad. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A smoky corn salad tops slices of lean, flavorful grilled skirt steak," 5 Aug. 2019 Fish and shrimp tacos with all the fixings and a roast corn salad – plus an extra sandwich for the weekend – are placed in separate hot and cold coolers. AZCentral.com, "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 That glorious occasion is marked by the first corn salad of the season, at least in our book. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The No-Brainer Corn Salad We’re Eating All Summer," 21 June 2019 The secret's out: This easy corn salad is actually just another excuse to eat queso. Heat grill to medium. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Charred Corn Salad," 13 June 2018 Lunches for the promotion include chicken cranberry pecan salad and spicy chicken corn salad. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Get free lunch in the Loop courtesy of Eat Purely," 24 Apr. 2018 Sides include Campero beans ($2.29), Campero rice ($2.29), black beans ($2.29), yucca fries, ($2.59), sweet plantains ($2.59), and corn salad ($2.59). Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "Fast becoming a fan of Pollo Campero fried chicken," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of corn salad

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corn salad

from its occurrence as a weed in fields of grain

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“Corn salad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn%20salad. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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