American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dish of raw leafy green vegetables, often tossed with pieces of other raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, cheese, or other ingredients and served with a dressing.
- n. The course of a meal consisting of this dish.
- n. A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise.
- n. A green vegetable or herb used in salad, especially lettuce.
- n. A varied mixture: "The Declaration of Independence was . . . a salad of illusions” ( George Santayana).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Raw herbs, such as lettuce, endive, radishes, green mustard, land- and water-cresses, celery, or young onions, cut up and variously dressed, as with eggs, salt, mustard, oil, vinegar, etc.
- n. Herbs for use as salad: colloquially restricted in the United States to lettuce.
- n. A dish composed of some kind of meat, chopped and mixed with uncooked herbs, and seasoned with various condiments: as, chicken salad; lobster salad.
- n. See sallet.
- n. A food made primarily of a mixture of raw or cold ingredients, typically vegetables, usually served with a dressing such as vinegar or mayonnaise.
- n. A raw vegetable of the kind used in salads.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A preparation of vegetables, as lettuce, celery, water cress, onions, etc., usually dressed with salt, vinegar, oil, and spice, and eaten for giving a relish to other food
- n. A dish composed of chopped meat or fish, esp. chicken or lobster, mixed with lettuce or other vegetables, and seasoned with oil, vinegar, mustard, and other condiments.
- n. food mixtures either arranged on a plate or tossed and served with a moist dressing; usually consisting of or including greens
- From Old French, borrowed from Northern Italian salada, salata (cf. insalata), from Vulgar Latin *salāta, from *salāre, from Latin saliō, from sal ("salt"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English salade, from Old French, possibly from Old Provençal salada, from Vulgar Latin *salāta, from feminine past participle of *salāre, to salt, from Latin sāl, salt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But it's one of those salad places where you can convince yourself you're eating healthy because it's a ~salad~ but when covered in bacon and cheese and creamy dressings, it's probably doing just as much damage as a burger.”
“What if i ordered the chicken burger, asked for salad because the deal is fries or salad then would this same worker say no chips, you already got the ’salad’?”
“And the word salad literally means salted, the culinary practice of salting leafy vegetables.”
“Carrot and raisin salad is definitely a Texas treat!”
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“At home, a salad is a salad, and anything named "salad" is innocent.”
“I'm sure your feast by the hearth was delish and the salad is always a welcome side to all that meat!”
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