mes·​clun | \ ˈme-sklən How to pronounce mesclun (audio) \

Definition of mesclun

: a mixture of young tender greens (such as lettuces, arugula, and chicory) also : a salad made with mesclun

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Iceberg lettuce’s domination is melting away before romaine, kale, other greens," 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, "23 Easy Green Salads," 21 May 2020 Just toss in some fried tofu, some mesclun greens and finish with some peanuts for crunch. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Start your grain bowl right with these 5 jazzy rice recipes," 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,, "10 easy food crops for your Bay Area food garden during coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 Mild and tender: Chard, lettuce, mâche, mesclun, spinach, tatsoi. Mild and firm: Bok choy, cabbage, collard greens. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, "Missing an Ingredient? Here’s What You Can Use Instead," 11 Apr. 2020 Past outbreaks have been linked to imported fresh produce such as raspberries, basil, arugula, snow peas, mesclun and cilantro. Washington Post, "Northern Virginia health officials investigating foodborne illness outbreaks," 23 July 2019 Early in the month, sow seeds of quick-to-harvest cool-season vegetables such as carrots, mesclun lettuces, radishes, and spinach. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 And then there will be the vegetables — cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, carrots, arugula and mesclun greens. James Barron, New York Times, "From a Convention Center’s Roof, ‘Walk-Off Vegetables’," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of mesclun

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mesclun

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

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“Mesclun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mesclun

US : a mixture of young leaves from different plants (such as different types of lettuce) that is eaten as a salad

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