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 Now this 2,000-feet-long (600 meter) tunnel is being used to grow salads, leafy greens, and strawberries. Temujin Doran And Katie Pisa, CNN, "This farm is growing food deep beneath South Korean mountains," 9 Dec. 2019 Eventually, grab-and-go salads, snacks and protein boxes will be added to the lineup. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "New Lululemon MOA lifestyle store includes cafe," 25 Nov. 2019 Sprinkle nuts over salads, use them to garnish wintery soups, yogurt parfaits and oatmeal, use them to form snacks, like energy bites and bars, or just snack on a portion (about an ounce) straight up. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The MIND diet: 11 foods to eat to keep your brain healthy," 22 Nov. 2019 Choose from smoothies, salads, pizzas, wraps and five-course dinners. Dwight Brown, Essence, "Discover Tasty Vegan Cuisine At These Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants," 19 Nov. 2019 For their evening out, the pair enjoyed salad, steak tartare, roasted oysters, and bone marrow, Lauren explained on her Instagram Story at the time. Helen Murphy,, "Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and Wife Lauren Celebrate Their Anniversary After Prison Release," 2 Nov. 2019 Participating guests will enjoy roasted pear and parsnip soup, honey crisp apple salad, Yukon mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mushroom and leek stuffing, cranberry ranch and house-made gravy — with turkey and pumpkin pie, of course. Amy Drew Thompson,, "‘Screw it, we’re going out.’ Area restaurants offer Thanksgiving options," 25 Oct. 2019 Instead the menu involved a familiar, safe mix of salads, sandwiches, wraps and pastas. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "What would a game-changing L.A. vegetarian restaurant look like?," 19 Oct. 2019 Because its late-night kitchen stays open later than nearby restaurant Fooq’s and other establishments, the Corner’s selection of salads, sandwiches, and snacks has become central to the Miami after-hours diet. Zach Schlein, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Miami," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salad.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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