Semantics of Salad

One of the reactions I got to my first post was, “I can’t believe you think people need a recipe for how to chop a salad.” Well, I suppose that depends on what you consider a salad.

My understanding of what constitutes a salad apparently isn’t universal. I thought salads were either a mix of raw vegetables, with or without dressing, or something cold with dressing like tuna salad or pasta salad. On various occasions, I’ve been served each of the following and told it’s salad.

One is lettuce. One is a few pepper and cucumber sticks. Now, if there were put together, I would probably call them s salad, but on their own…something is missing.

Well, English teacher that I am, I looked it up and according to the Oxford English dictionary, my definitions of salad are correct:


  • A 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’
    1. 1.1[mass noun], [with modifier] A mixture containing a specified ingredient served with a dressing:
      ‘a red pepper filled with tuna salad’


      There’s a third definition:

    2. 1.2 A vegetable suitable for eating raw:
      ‘sow salads like lettuce, radish, and spring onion’
      So I stand corrected. That plate of peppers counts. But don’t worry, I’m not planning on posting any recipes for cucumber sticks.

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I'm an American-Israeli mother who loves to make healthy food from fresh ingredients, on a budget and with limited time. My site is full of easy, healthy recipes and insights into life in Israel.
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