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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Recent Examples on the Web The Greek and Italian salad dressings are family recipes that date back for decades (and are delicious). Judy Koutsky, Forbes, "14 Reasons To Visit This Under-The-Radar Florida Gem," 12 Apr. 2021 Pair with your favorite salad and herbal dishes for maximum enjoyment. Anthony Marcusa,, "Best cheap white wines," 21 Mar. 2021 Sometimes that’s a big, crunchy salad with lots of fresh lemon, and sometimes that’s a cone of soft serve (vanilla and chocolate swirl please because life is too short to choose one or the other). Washington Post, "Crush some chips into your fish cakes: Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean being fat-phobic," 30 Mar. 2021 There are no bad choices, from the Flyin’ Hawaiian Bowl (sushi rice, crab salad, raw tuna, mango, avocado, and more) to the Bibimbap Bowl, a straighter take on the classic rice dish., "Mastering the cheese pull at Kimchipapi Kitchen," 30 Mar. 2021 The menu includes spiral sliced honey glazed ham, country-style green beans, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, fruit salad, apple pie. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 15+ places to dine-in or grab a meal to-go for Easter around Louisville," 25 Mar. 2021 Entrées served with soup or salad, pasta or potatoes, and dessert. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Easter 2021: Brunch and dinner, for takeout and dining in, at Milwaukee-area restaurants," 24 Mar. 2021 Each meal comes with salad, biscuit, vegetables and carrot cake. Susan Dunne,, "Easter brunches, dinners at restaurants in Connecticut - to go, dine-in or outdoors," 23 Mar. 2021 Sabzeh, the sprout salad ($8) on the prix fixe menu, is a classic Nowruz dish that sums up the whole enterprise. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "A San Francisco Iranian food pop-up honors the Persian New Year, with a dollop of spring promise on top," 22 Mar. 2021

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

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14 Apr 2021

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“Salad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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