mes·​clun ˈme-sklən How to pronounce mesclun (audio)
: a mixture of young tender greens (such as lettuces, arugula, and chicory)
also : a salad made with mesclun

Examples of mesclun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rocket to health Arugula might be sold next to the romaine and mesclun at the grocery store, but the peppery-tasting herb is actually part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. Alessandra Signorelli, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2024 Plant a mix, or mesclun, for the best salad combination of different colors and textures. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 4 Aug. 2023 Grow some fresh mesclun right on a sunny balcony. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2022 The greens are a tougher bunch than the fragile mesclun and Little Gems that have become de rigeur on San Francisco salad menus since the 1980s. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Alice Waters named Todd Koons seized upon the new technology as a way to deliver mesclun and mache to the masses in supermarkets across the country. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2020 And though sturdy lettuces like iceberg, romaine, and kale can stand up to heavy, creamy dressings, delicate microgreens, mesclun, and herbs call for thinner vinaigrettes. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 21 May 2020 Just toss in some fried tofu, some mesclun greens and finish with some peanuts for crunch. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2019 For lettuce, mesclun and other small plants that produce leafy greens, your containers can be shallow, 6 to 8 inches deep, which will cost less to buy and to fill. Pam Peirce,, 3 Apr. 2020

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Word History


French, from Occitan, literally, mixture, from mescla to mix, from Old Occitan mesclar, from Vulgar Latin *misculare — more at meddle

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mesclun was in 1976

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Cite this Entry

“Mesclun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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