a usually cold dish consisting of vegetables, as lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, covered with a dressing and sometimes containing seafood, meat, or eggs.
any of various dishes consisting of foods, as meat, seafood, eggs, pasta, or fruit, prepared singly or combined, usually cut up, mixed with a dressing, and served cold: chicken salad; potato salad.
any herb or green vegetable, as lettuce, used for salads or eaten raw.
South Midland and Southern U.S. greens.
any mixture or assortment: The usual salad of writers, artists, and musicians attended the party.

1350–1400; Middle English salad(e) < Middle French salade < Old Provençal salada < Vulgar Latin *salāta, feminine past participle of *salāre to salt, equivalent to sal-, stem of sāl salt1 + -āta -ate1 Unabridged
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salad (ˈsæləd)
1.  a dish of raw vegetables, such as lettuce, tomatoes, etc, served as a separate course with cold meat, eggs, etc, or as part of a main course
2.  any dish of cold vegetables or fruit: potato salad; fruit salad
3.  any green vegetable used in such a dish, esp lettuce
[C15: from Old French salade, from Old Provençal salada, from salar to season with salt, from Latin sal salt]

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Word Origin & History

1390, from O.Fr. salade (14c.), from V.L. *salata, lit. "salted," short for herba salata "salted vegetables" (vegetables seasoned with brine, a popular Roman dish), from fem. pp. of *salare "to salt," from L. sal (gen. salis) "salt" (see salt). Du. salade, Ger. Salat, Swed.
salat, Rus. salat are from Romanic languages. Salad days, "time of youthful inexperience" (on notion of "green") is first recorded 1606 in Shakespeare. Salad bar first attested 1976, Amer.Eng.
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