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 Pat's also will sell corned beef and sides including cornbread, smoked baked beans and potato salad. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2021 The menu will feature hot dogs, hamburgers and salad, and will be served at no cost., 11 June 2021 From salad bars to grocery store samples to museum reservation systems, here’s what to expect. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 11 June 2021 Some of her favorite items include handcrafted teak salad bowls and colorful handblown glassware. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 10 June 2021 These are the lobster-salad type, made with about a third-pound of lobster meat., 9 June 2021 Menu items include goetta balls, currywurst, grilled chicken sandwiches and German potato salad in addition to the myriad of frozen drink options. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 8 June 2021 Serve this alongside rice or with or any simple mixed green salad and garlic toum. Ori Menashe, Robb Report, 7 June 2021 In my house, that can be a small piece of rotisserie chicken or grilled salmon with veggies and wheatberry salad. Lisa Drayer, CNN, 7 June 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Salad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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