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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Now there are salads, including a wedge and a Caesar, available with chicken, shrimp, scallops or salmon for an additional charge. Leeanne Griffin,, "Costello’s Clam Shack: A waterfront destination for your fried-seafood fix," 19 July 2019 The fritto-misto salad—a fried medley of shrimp, clams, and calamari—owes its success as much to the seafood as to the unabashedly bold notes of garlic and cayenne in the rémoulade dressing. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Jean-Georges’s Revisionist Tweaks at the Fulton," 19 July 2019 Watermelon packs a sweet, refreshing punch and adds delicate sweetness to summer dishes; purée it into a frozen drink, mix it into to a salad, or eat it by the slice. Callie Blount,, "This watermelon ice pop recipe is a summer hit," 18 July 2019 There are a few salads, a few versions of pho, a couple of rice plates, and weekend specials. Globe Staff,, "Ban Tôi chef-owner Chieu Nguyen used to run a nail salon. Now he’s doing what he loves.," 18 July 2019 Al’s Deli, the new Mission restaurant from the folks behind Michelin-starred Al’s Place, has a playful menu built for delivery —sandwiches, salads, falafel. Justin Phillips,, "Commonwealth to close on Aug. 26: ‘We were having one of our best years’," 17 July 2019 From Alta’s newish brunch menu, order the collard green and shaved veg salad ($13) and cornmeal pancakes ($14) by chef Keith Corbin. Julissa James,, "Four Hours: Art, culture and peace abound on this tour of West Adams," 12 July 2019 There's also fries, shakes, onion rings, salads, and vegan burgers. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Thanks to Kel Mitchell, the secret 'Good Burger' sauce exists, and it's super-tasty," 12 July 2019 The shop serves all-day breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soup, a couple of small plates, and bakery, which is made from scratch. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He hated coffee growing up. Now he's in love with it and just opened his own shop in Waukesha.," 11 July 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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