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’
    • ‘The white flesh has a fine texture, making it suitable for salads, and responds well to all the standard ways of cooking fish.’
    • ‘My partner and I had the Mediterranean salad and the mushroom gratin to start, for main the salmon fillet and fillet of beef.’
    • ‘It is still a widely held view that vegetarians eat salad and raw carrots, and miss out on vital nutrients contained in meat.’
    • ‘I hope they run wild on the island, because I used up my five ingredients in the salad.’
    • ‘To make the salad, tear or slice the lettuce and put in a large bowl with the cheese and spring onions or chives.’
    • ‘Leon received praise for its reasonably priced salads, grilled vegetables, Cajun fish and lamb meatballs.’
    • ‘The salad was pretty basic: lettuce, a slice of tomato and no dressing that either of us could detect.’
    • ‘The menu features hot and cold salads and starters including maize mozai and pastrami.’
    • ‘I like to prepare my own food and try not to do things that are too complicated, usually vegetables, salads and occasionally fish.’
    • ‘Rocket can be successively sown to provide a leafy injection of pepper to your salads and is ideal for a partially shaded spot.’
    • ‘5 Now, toss the salad with the dressing and make mounds in the centre of two serving plates.’
    • ‘The Nouveau goes well with cold cuts, salads, poultry, meat dishes and cheese.’
    • ‘Hey, I even started putting oil and vinegar on my salads instead of salad cream.’
    • ‘Serve this as a light starter or with some slices of mozzarella as a main meal salad for vegetarians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said Jayne could order a house salad and garlic bread if she wanted, but that would be extra.’
    • ‘This unctuous purée is good served with barbecued lamb cutlets and a green salad, or with cold corned beef or ham.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun], [with modifier] A mixture containing a specified ingredient served with a dressing:
      ‘a red pepper filled with tuna salad’
      • ‘A few people adore his weird sandwich but most come in looking for egg or ham salad.’
      • ‘The tuna pasta salad was creamy with mayonnaise, and although I could taste some dill, it tasted flat and old.’
      • ‘An Italian grill with such house favorites as a lobster club sandwich and grilled salmon salad.’
      • ‘My husband is not a salad eater, but he did enjoy the beetroot and carrot-with-pineapple salads.’
      • ‘Jo's choice was a salad of wild mushrooms, black pudding and apple wafers.’
      • ‘My spinach, bacon and egg salad was delicious with just enough dressing to make it glisten without drowning it.’
      • ‘My salad of pickled wild mushrooms was, our Swedish waitress explained, a speciality of her native land.’
      • ‘Serve with boiled new potatoes, lemon wedges and a salad of lamb's lettuce simply dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.’
      • ‘Also included is keema and peas with naan bread, vine tomato and mozzarella melt, tuna salad and chicken curry.’
      • ‘This week we had a carrot salad with diced chilies, pickled lemon rind and cilantro.’
      • ‘If that seems like too much hassle, then all the major supermarkets do pre-prepared bean salads that ain't half bad.’
      • ‘The avocado salad was comprised of iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion and a whole sliced avocado.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were three salads: a lettuce one, a bean one and a sort of Greek salad with tofu instead of feta.’
      • ‘She also recommends pasta salad mixed with tuna, or bean and rice soups with fruit on the side.’
      • ‘The mushroom salad was really a mushroom sauce, but made a wonderfully earthy contrast to the taste of the sea.’
      • ‘A racy little salad of roasted peppers and fresh parsley suits the imposing veal chop.’
      • ‘I was jealous of the two friends who settled for a Duck confit salad with poached egg.’
    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?’
      • ‘But these were their salad days, and they were young and hopeful.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1The peak or heyday of something:
        ‘journey back to the salad days of the railways’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We thought the salad days of heavy metal were long over.’
        • ‘It sounds healthy, but that margin is still about half what it has been in the salad days of rocketing real estate values.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

salad

/ˈsaləd/