A salad is a dish that's usually cold and often includes lettuce or other greens. However, some salads don't have any greens but instead have lots of mayo — like tuna salad or chicken salad.

While your idea of a salad might be iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, croutons, and a creamy dressing, salads come in many different forms. You can make a pasta salad or a tuna salad or an egg salad. Other salads are based on big pieces of bread, or meat, or cheese — and still others are dessert salads made with gelatin or whipped cream and fruit. Salad comes from the Latin phrase herba salata, or "salted vegetables."

Definitions of salad

n food mixtures either arranged on a plate or tossed and served with a moist dressing; usually consisting of or including greens

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tossed salad
salad tossed with a dressing
cooked meats and eggs and vegetables usually arranged in rows around the plate and dressed with a salad dressing
salad nicoise
typically containing tomatoes and anchovies and garnished with black olives and capers
potato salad
any of various salads having chopped potatoes as the base
pasta salad
a salad having any of various pastas as the base
fruit salad
salad composed of fruits
crab Louis
lettuce and crabmeat dressed with sauce Louis
herring salad
based on pickled herring
tuna fish salad, tuna salad
salad composed primarily of chopped canned tuna fish
chicken salad
salad composed primarily of chopped chicken meat
coleslaw, slaw
a salad made with raw, shredded cabbage
molded salad
salad of meats or vegetables in gelatin
tabbouleh, tabooli
a finely chopped salad with tomatoes and parsley and mint and scallions and bulgur wheat
green salad
tossed salad composed primarily of salad greens
Caesar salad
typically having fried croutons and dressing made with a raw egg
combination salad
containing meat or chicken or cheese in addition to greens and vegetables
macaroni salad
having macaroni as the base
Waldorf salad
typically made of apples and celery with nuts or raisins and dressed with mayonnaise
Type of:
a particular item of prepared food

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