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.

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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 That’s the warm corn salad that’s popular street food, and with good reason — the mix of corn, mayonnaise, queso fresco and onion, all brightened with lime juice, is irresistible. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dishes that shine at Las 7 Estrellas Mexican restaurant," 20 Feb. 2018 Serve with a tomato corn salad: Combine 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, 1 pint grape tomatoes (halved) with juice of 1/2 lemon. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 9 Feb. 2018 The Tex-Mex Veggeritto is a burrito with avocado, quinoa, black bean and corn salad, greens and sriracha in a toasty whole wheat tortilla. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Craft cocktails and an Elvis sandwich keep the party going late at this Brickell pop up," 31 Jan. 2018 Chef Nick Wirth is bringing world flavors onto the menu; in summer, a bavette-cut steak was served with Mexican corn salad, charred red onion and cumin vinaigrette. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee 50, with Milwaukee's Top 30 restaurants, ranked," 15 Sep. 2017 El Tenampa will serve a mix of Mexican and American dishes on the menu, with appetizers from shrimp in lime juice and Mexican corn salad to nachos and wings. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "El Tenampa opening in October on northwest side," 22 Sep. 2017

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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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