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salad

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
  1. noun
    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
    salmagundi
    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:
    dish
    a particular item of prepared food
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