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