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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For fresh pasta and gorgeous salads, there is the sultry lit Italian restaurant, Ava Gene’s. Sarah Rubin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Eat & Drink Your Way Through Portland," 3 July 2019 In addition to whole papayas, the CDC warned consumers in the six states against eating fruit salads or other food that might contain the fruit. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Papayas from Mexico linked to salmonella outbreak in U.S.," 1 July 2019 The menu features a wide selection of healthy-conscious items like smoothies, juices, paninis and salads. Joey Morona,, "Vitality Bowls brings açaí bowl craze to Rocky River," 28 June 2019 No word if loaves of marble rye, chocolate babkas, muffin tops, or big salads are on the sales list. Rosy Cordero,, "Celebrate 30 years of the show about nothing at the Seinfeld Experience," 27 June 2019 The Pizza Press: Pizza’s ideal for family-style outings and Winter Garden’s Pizza Press is throwing fathers a beer-centric bonus: one free craft beer, in-store, with purchase of a pizza or salad. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Father’s Day feasts around Orlando: 4 Rivers, free beer and beyond," 14 June 2019 Line toasted rolls with lettuce leaves and fill with lobster salad. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Classic Lobster Rolls," 22 May 2019 Price range: Oysters, $3.75 each, $21 half-dozen; cold seafood bar, $14-$60; appetizers, $11-$25; soups and salads, $7-$15; sides, $6-$7; entrees, $22-$63; desserts, $9 Alcohol: Wine, cocktails and beer ★★★★ Superior. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Silo Terrace Oyster Bar now San Antonio’s best seafood restaurant," 20 June 2019 Dinners include a relish tray, soup or salad, bread and home-style green beans along with your choice of dumpling, potato or rice. Gerry Frank,, "Where to dine in Troutdale: Gerry Frank’s picks," 16 June 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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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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