sal·​ad ˈsa-ləd How to pronounce salad (audio)
: any of various usually cold dishes: such as
: raw greens (such as lettuce) often combined with other vegetables and toppings and served especially with dressing
: small pieces of food (such as pasta, meat, fruit, or vegetables) usually mixed with a dressing (such as mayonnaise) or set in gelatin
: a green vegetable or herb grown for salad
especially : lettuce
: a usually incongruous mixture : hodgepodge

Examples of salad in a Sentence

For dinner we had roast chicken and a salad. a salad of fresh greens I tossed the salad with some oil and vinegar and set it on the table. Would you like soup or salad with your sandwich?
Recent Examples on the Web Serve with red wine and a crisp salad for a delicious and filling meal. Julia Levy, Southern Living, 5 Dec. 2023 What to Do with It • Serve on an iceberg wedge (or any salad!). Fox News Staff Fox News, Fox News, 5 Dec. 2023 However, the Three Broomsticks also offers delicacies such as the Great Feast, a generous platter of rotisserie chicken, spare ribs, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, and salad that easily serves four hungry parkgoers. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 4 Dec. 2023 Since the incident, Cozzi suffered panic attacks, migraine, cognitive impairment, nausea and other effects from eating the contaminated salad, the suit alleges. Ana Faguy, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 When lunchtime rolls around, try a salad with protein, cottage cheese, and vegetables, or a bean and vegetable chili. Rebecca Jaspan, Mph, Rd, Health, 23 Nov. 2023 The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, salads and signature pizzas. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 The compact menu features a selection of mutton, chicken, or beef kebabs—always cooked to perfection—served with a choice of flatbread, rice, a green salad, and French fries. Claudia De Brito, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Nov. 2023 To plate your Triple Cs, divide the crab salad evenly among the cornbread slices and spread it evenly over the surface. Florence O'Connor, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English salat, salade, borrowed from Middle French salade "dish of seasoned greens and herbs," borrowed from a medieval Upper Italian predecessor of modern dialectal (Piedmont) salada, salatta (Tuscan insalata) from salar "to add salt to, salt" (going back to Vulgar Latin *salāre, re-formation of Latin salīre, sallīre "to salt, preserve with salt," derivative of sal-, sāl "salt") + -ata, -ada -ade — more at salt entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of salad was in the 14th century

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“Salad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


sal·​ad ˈsal-əd How to pronounce salad (audio)
: green vegetables (as lettuce) often with tomato, cucumber, or radish served with dressing
: a cold dish (as of meat, shellfish, fruit, or vegetables) usually prepared with a dressing

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