General English


  • A mixture of raw leaves, vegetables, fruit, warm or cold cooked vegetables, sausages, ham, cheese, fish, shellfish, cereal grains, pasta, etc. Virtually any edible foodstuff may be incorporated in a salad but, save for pure fruit salads, all are dressed with some kind of acid-based sauce or dressing and seasoned. Served as a course or meal in its own right or as an accompaniment to other food. well-known varieties include Russian salad, green salad, fruit salad and salade niçoise.


  • noun a cold dish of various raw or cooked vegetables, often served with cold meat, fish or cheese

Origin & History of “salad”

Etymologically, a salad is a ‘salted’ dish. The word comes via Old French salade from vulgar Latin *salāta, a noun use of the feminine past participle of Latin *salāre ‘put salt on to, treat with salt’. This is turn was a derivative of sāl ‘salt’, a relative of English salt. The Romans were fond of dishes of assorted raw vegetables with a dressing, and this often consisted of brine – hence the name, which is short for herba salāta ‘salted vegetables’.