salad

noun
sal·​ad | \ ˈsa-ləd How to pronounce salad (audio) \

Definition of salad

1 : any of various usually cold dishes: such as
a : raw greens (such as lettuce) often combined with other vegetables and toppings and served especially with dressing
b : small pieces of food (such as pasta, meat, fruit, or vegetables) usually mixed with a dressing (such as mayonnaise) or set in gelatin
2 : a green vegetable or herb grown for salad especially : lettuce
3 : a usually incongruous mixture : hodgepodge

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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?
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The dinner includes an oyster trio (grilled, baked and raw), a market salad made with produce from a local farmer’s market, venison, and a homemade watermelon popsicle to refresh your palate before the lemon meringue dessert. 6 p.m. June 13. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: South American tea-centric cafe comes to Pacific Beach," 6 June 2019 Serve at a cool room temperature with a butter lettuce salad dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and a few fresh tarragon leaves. Martha Holmberg, Twin Cities, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Serve at a cool room temperature with a butter lettuce salad dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and a few fresh tarragon leaves. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Update your fish sticks by coating tilapia in panko bread crumbs and serving them with a fresh and vibrant veggie salad. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Crispy Fish with Herb Tartar Sauce and Snap Pea Salad," 20 May 2019 Courtesy of Davines There’s no such thing as a sad desk salad in Italy, especially not at Davines, a B Corp that encourages work-life balance for its employees and takes the time to do things right. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Davines' Newest Shampoo Took 203 Years to Make," 8 May 2019 The plan: Effortlessly pop out baby, wait six weeks to recover on doctor’s orders, then hit the gym seven days a week, eat salads and vegetables, shoot a little Botox to the forehead, and go a little blonder. Marianne Garvey, Good Housekeeping, "My Baby Completely Robbed Me of My Looks," 13 Nov. 2018 Nearly 400 people across 15 states have become ill after eating salads from McDonald’s, including 16 patients who had to be hospitalized. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "McDonald's salads sicken nearly 400," 3 Aug. 2018 To buy: 1 box spaghettini, 1 bottle clam juice, 1 bottle dry white wine, 2 pounds little neck clams, 2 medium tomatoes, 1 small bunch fresh basil, 1 small bunch scallions, 1 jar dried tarragon and 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat Italian-style salad. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Clams and spaghettini make an easy dinner for 2," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of salad

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salad

Middle English salade, from Middle French, from Old Italian (northern dialects) salata, salada, from salar to salt, from sal salt, from Latin

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salad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of salad

: a mixture of raw green vegetables (such as different types of lettuce) usually combined with other raw vegetables
: a mixture of small pieces of raw or cooked food (such as pasta, meat, fruit, eggs, or vegetables) combined usually with a dressing and served cold

salad

noun
sal·​ad | \ ˈsa-ləd How to pronounce salad (audio) \

Kids Definition of salad

1 : a mixture of raw usually green leafy vegetables (as lettuce) combined with other vegetables (as tomato and cucumber) and served with a dressing
2 : a mixture of small pieces of food (as meat, fish, pasta, fruit, or vegetables) usually combined with a dressing

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