Definition of salad in English:

salad

noun

  • 1A cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients.

    ‘a green salad’
    mass noun ‘bowls of salad’
    • ‘My partner and I had the Mediterranean salad and the mushroom gratin to start, for main the salmon fillet and fillet of beef.’
    • ‘You can also use the young leaves of Florence Fennel in salads and other cold dishes.’
    • ‘Nuts and nut oil are increasingly being used in cooking and can often be a hidden ingredient in dishes such as lasagne, salads and desserts.’
    • ‘Leon received praise for its reasonably priced salads, grilled vegetables, Cajun fish and lamb meatballs.’
    • ‘The menu features hot and cold salads and starters including maize mozai and pastrami.’
    • ‘She said Jayne could order a house salad and garlic bread if she wanted, but that would be extra.’
    • ‘5 Now, toss the salad with the dressing and make mounds in the centre of two serving plates.’
    • ‘People are stopping buying whole-head lettuce and buying bags and trays of prepared mixed salads.’
    • ‘The evening meal was also two courses with the main course being some form of meat accompanied with potatoes and either vegetables or a salad.’
    • ‘The white flesh has a fine texture, making it suitable for salads, and responds well to all the standard ways of cooking fish.’
    • ‘I hope they run wild on the island, because I used up my five ingredients in the salad.’
    • ‘This unctuous purée is good served with barbecued lamb cutlets and a green salad, or with cold corned beef or ham.’
    • ‘The Nouveau goes well with cold cuts, salads, poultry, meat dishes and cheese.’
    • ‘To make the salad, tear or slice the lettuce and put in a large bowl with the cheese and spring onions or chives.’
    • ‘The salad was pretty basic: lettuce, a slice of tomato and no dressing that either of us could detect.’
    • ‘Serve this as a light starter or with some slices of mozzarella as a main meal salad for vegetarians.’
    • ‘Rocket can be successively sown to provide a leafy injection of pepper to your salads and is ideal for a partially shaded spot.’
    • ‘I like to prepare my own food and try not to do things that are too complicated, usually vegetables, salads and occasionally fish.’
    • ‘Hey, I even started putting oil and vinegar on my salads instead of salad cream.’
    • ‘It is still a widely held view that vegetarians eat salad and raw carrots, and miss out on vital nutrients contained in meat.’
    1. 1.1mass noun, with modifier A mixture containing a specified ingredient served with a dressing.
      ‘a red pepper filled with tuna salad’
      • ‘The mushroom salad was really a mushroom sauce, but made a wonderfully earthy contrast to the taste of the sea.’
      • ‘I was jealous of the two friends who settled for a Duck confit salad with poached egg.’
      • ‘This week we had a carrot salad with diced chilies, pickled lemon rind and cilantro.’
      • ‘Jo's choice was a salad of wild mushrooms, black pudding and apple wafers.’
      • ‘My husband is not a salad eater, but he did enjoy the beetroot and carrot-with-pineapple salads.’
      • ‘If you've got a dry bread, add a slice of tomato, a little extra mayo, or save it for tuna or egg salad.’
      • ‘I had the warm salad of garlic mushrooms coated with bread crumbs and garlic.’
      • ‘A racy little salad of roasted peppers and fresh parsley suits the imposing veal chop.’
      • ‘I spent my lunch hour eating tuna salad out of a plastic container in the kitchen instead of eating a yummy curry in the best curry house in London.’
      • ‘The avocado salad was comprised of iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion and a whole sliced avocado.’
      • ‘My spinach, bacon and egg salad was delicious with just enough dressing to make it glisten without drowning it.’
      • ‘Serve with boiled new potatoes, lemon wedges and a salad of lamb's lettuce simply dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.’
      • ‘A few people adore his weird sandwich but most come in looking for egg or ham salad.’
      • ‘My salad of pickled wild mushrooms was, our Swedish waitress explained, a speciality of her native land.’
      • ‘If that seems like too much hassle, then all the major supermarkets do pre-prepared bean salads that ain't half bad.’
      • ‘There were three salads: a lettuce one, a bean one and a sort of Greek salad with tofu instead of feta.’
      • ‘An Italian grill with such house favorites as a lobster club sandwich and grilled salmon salad.’
      • ‘The tuna pasta salad was creamy with mayonnaise, and although I could taste some dill, it tasted flat and old.’
      • ‘She also recommends pasta salad mixed with tuna, or bean and rice soups with fruit on the side.’
      • ‘Also included is keema and peas with naan bread, vine tomato and mozzarella melt, tuna salad and chicken curry.’
    2. 1.2 A vegetable suitable for eating raw.
      ‘sow salads like lettuce, radish, and spring onion’
      • ‘Sow salad crops directly into the ground to continue getting fresh plants.’

Phrases

  • one's salad days

    • 1The period when one is young and inexperienced.

      ‘the war seemed to be ending and so were my salad days’
      • ‘So, in Denis Santry's salad days, when he was a young wild man living on his own, what did they call his little flat?’
      • ‘In my salad days as an eager young university student, I came across a tutor who had something of a reputation for enjoying an occasional flutter on the stock market.’
      • ‘But these were their salad days, and they were young and hopeful.’
      1. 1.1The peak or heyday of something.
        ‘journey back to the salad days of the railways’
        • ‘We reside in the salad days of global liquidity and speculative excess.’
        • ‘The mid-1960s were, of course, the salad days of Pop art and Minimalism.’
        • ‘It sounds healthy, but that margin is still about half what it has been in the salad days of rocketing real estate values.’
        • ‘We thought the salad days of heavy metal were long over.’
        • ‘The global fight-back appears to be working as the company is enjoying its own salad days after two years of the first business slump in its history.’
        heyday, best days, best years, day, time, prime of one's life, maturity
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French salade, from Provençal salada, based on Latin sal ‘salt’.

Pronunciation

salad

/ˈsaləd/