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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Waxy and floury potatoes are not interchangeable—your gloppy potato salad or gluey mash will have alerted you to that truth. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "WTF Is a "Waxy" Potato?," 12 Sep. 2019 Members will prepare their favorite salads, breads and then some. Maria Shine Stewart,, "So much to do, it boggles the mind: Sun Messages," 2 Sep. 2019 And in July, US retailers The Fresh Market and Target recalled some of their salads and sandwiches due to a potential listeria contamination. Jack Guy, CNN, "Listeria outbreak infects 175 people during peak tourist season in Spain," 22 Aug. 2019 Thomas Whiteside At her table, Delevingne picks at her salad and scoops up avocado from Benson’s plate with bits of breadstick. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne Bares All," 13 Aug. 2019 Employees assemble your salad behind a palm-print counter, and plants fill the dining space. al, "This new Edgewood cafe is paradise for salad lovers," 8 Aug. 2019 Balsamic vinaigrette on your salad or cognac-peppercorn sauce on your filet mignon? Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 On its website, The Fresh Market says its Thai lobster salad that's sold both prepackaged and by the pound at its self-serve seafood is included in the recall. Sheila Vilvens,, "Manufacturer recalls salads, sandwiches sold at Target, Fresh Market due to health risk," 21 July 2019 At Better Luck Tomorrow, customers enjoy a side of David Bowie with their Wagyu beef salad. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Music playlists revealed for notable Houston restaurants," 16 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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