A large shrimp salad.
- An example of a salad is butter lettuce chopped with tomatoes, onions and an Italian dressing.
- An example of a salad is chopped chicken, mayonnaise, onions and seasonings served on lettuce or as a spread for a sandwich; chicken salad.
The definition of a salad is a prepared dish usually with a mix of lettuce and other raw or cooked vegetables and topped with a dressing.
- a dish, usually cold, of raw or sometimes cooked vegetables or fruits in various combinations, served with a dressing, or molded in gelatin, and sometimes with seafood, poultry, eggs, etc. added
- any green plant or herb used for such a dish or eaten raw
- Dial. lettuce
- a finely chopped or ground food mixed with mayonnaise, seasonings, etc. and served as on lettuce or in a sandwich: tuna salad, egg salad sandwich
Origin of saladMiddle English salat from Middle French salade from Provençal salada from Vulgar Latin an unverified form salata from feminine past participle of an unverified form salare, to salt from Classical Latin sal, salt
- a. 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.b. The course of a meal consisting of this dish.
- A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise.
- A green vegetable or herb used in salad, especially lettuce.
- A varied mixture: “The Declaration of Independence was … a salad of illusions” ( George Santayana )
Origin of saladMiddle 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 ; see sal- in Indo-European roots.Word History: Salt was and is such an important ingredient in salad dressings that the very word salad is based on the Latin word for “salt.” Vulgar Latin had a verb *salāre, “to salt,” from Latin sāl, “salt,” and the past participle form of this verb, *salāta, “having been salted,” came to mean “salad.” The Vulgar Latin word passed into languages descending from it, such as Portuguese ( salada ) and Old Provençal ( salada ). Old French may have borrowed its word salade from Old Provençal. Medieval Latin also carried on the Vulgar Latin word in the form salāta. As in the case of so many culinary delights, the English borrowed the word and probably the dish from the French. The Middle English word salade, from Old French salade and Medieval Latin salāta, is first recorded in a cookbook composed before 1399. • Salt is of course an important ingredient of other foods and condiments besides salad dressings, as is evidenced by some other culinary word histories. The words sauce and salsa, borrowed into English from French and Spanish, respectively, both come ultimately from the Latin word salsus, meaning “salted.” Another derivative of this word was the Late Latin adjective salsīcius, “prepared by salting,” which eventually gave us the word sausage.
(countable and uncountable, plural salads)
- S.D. Ala.