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?
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Recent Examples on the Web First course is salad, tuna tartare, chicken gyoza or Chilean sea bass satay. Susan Dunne,, 6 Jan. 2022 The 2,303-square-foot restaurant at Delray Marketplace also serves quesadillas, burritos and salad bowls. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 6 Jan. 2022 Just a few thin slices of prosciutto give this warm potato salad a rich flavor and feel. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Drive In & Out will set you back $9.29, but the order includes not only the garlic bread but also your choice of soup, salad or a drink. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2021 By the end of the demo, Stone’s artful salad was colorfully tossed into one masterpiece, while my ingredients weren’t even in the same bowl. Marni Jameson,, 31 Dec. 2021 If Paul Newman could sell salad dressing and enjoy his golden years, maybe Marshall Mathers can do the same with spaghetti. Luke Winkie, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 The arugula salad is simply dressed with extra virgin olive oil and a hint of lemon with fresh mozzarella, tomato and red onion. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger suggests this super simple salad served in endive leaves. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 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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8 Jan 2022

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“Salad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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