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

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 Choose a beverage from their lengthy list of loose teas and tisanes, along with a scone with fruit and jam, fresh fruit (nice!), four finger sandwiches (perhaps turkey with mango chutney or lobster salad), and four decadent seasonal desserts. Pamela Wright,, 17 May 2022 Today’s pasta salad is the perfect dish for all three. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 Pre-determined judges will decide the best items in the categories of appetizer, soup/salad/side, entrée and dessert. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 Hall uses this potlikker as a gravy to up the ham factor in pork dishes and to build a game-changing salad dressing. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 16 Feb. 2022 It’s used in noodle dishes such as ramen and soba, as the basis of a salad dressing, or for nabemono (hot pot) dishes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 No, this doesn't have anything to do with the salad dressing. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2022 Owner Joe Farinacci says the pizzeria’s dough, sauce and salad dressing are made onsite, daily. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 28 Dec. 2021 Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, America's most popular salad dressing, is a creamy success story that lately has found new fame on social media. CBS News, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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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