What is a Salad & When is a Salad Not a Salad ?

Discussion in 'Vegetables, Salads and Mushrooms' started by Francesca, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Francesca

    Francesca Guest

    According to Wikipedia, a salad is a dish consisting of small pieces of food, usually predominately, vegetables served cold or hot or a combination .. However, there are as many salads as there are people on planet Earth.


    Appetiser salads. ( Caprese, Antipasto, Field Greens such as Rocket & Radicchio & Greek Salad for examples )
    Side salads. ( this is relatively rare in Spain )
    Main Course Salads ( protein main ingredient): Chicken salad, Shrimp Salad, Tuna Salad, Smoked Salmon Salad, The Olivier Salad, Roast Beef Salad, Niçoise, Chef Salad - some common examples ) ..
    Dessert Salads ( fruit )

    So, when is a salad, not a salad ? !
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Its an interesting question - in the West we think of salads as being cold, probably leafy and/or made predominantly from raw vegetables and/or fruit in a dressing. So, if a salad is made from warm ingredients it will be called 'a warm salad' in restaurant terms.

    If made from other ingredients such as eggs or cooked potatoes then the word salad is usually prefaced by the main ingredient: i.e. Potato Salad.
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  3. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Some etymology:
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  4. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn (Site Owner) Staff Member

    NSW, Australia
    To me, a salad is petty much any combination of (usually) raw vegetables put together. It does not have to be chopped and mixed. It does not have to be served in a salad bowl, and it does not have to a dressing/sauce/or anything else. My definition though has been labelled as crudities by some, but so what? I came across this definition as a teenager whilst at school in Germany (for a short period). My hosts would often just ask a restaurant to come up with a vegetarian salad for me because often there wasn't anything on the menu back then. The end result was more often than not a plate of various salad items, some small portions of potato salad, coleslaw, mixed leaves, and raw veg prepared to look good on a plate.

    All of the below constitute a salad to me.

    These would often be served with a hummus and senap (Swedish sweet mustard) dip in a small bowel to the side.
  5. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    SE Florida
    When its a slaw!:D
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  6. Duck59

    Duck59 Über Member Staff Member

    Fife, Scotland
    When I lived in Eritrea, many of the words for types of food were either equivalent or close to the Italian word. Salad was salata, which is not too far removed from the Italian and, in fact, equivalent to the Romanian salată.
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  7. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    How do you say 'salad' in Thai, @Yorky? Or perhaps that word doesn't really exist there?
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  8. Francesca

    Francesca Guest



    Incredibile photographs !

    I consider all these salads too ..

    Have a lovely weekend ..
  9. Francesca

    Francesca Guest


    It is a Latin Word meaning " Salty " as in Spanish, " salado " ..

    Salad in Italian = Insalata ..

    ( French = Salade .. / Spanish = Ensalada .. )
  10. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    I don't think there is a specific word for it. Many Thai salads exist but each has a name, e.g. som tam, laarb, yam gai. However, I shall ask my wife later.

    [Edit: apparently there is a Thai name for it - "salad" (สลัด).]
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
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  11. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

    What about a soup? In Austria we used to have lettuce soup quite a lot. Sometimes it would have other salad vegetables in it, especially tomatoes or onions.
  12. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Is this hot lettuce soup? I haven't made a lettuce soup for decades - I think it might have been back in the 70's.
  13. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

    As far as I can remember. Goodness knows where the recipe is. It was one I wrote down when I was out there. I do have a recipe for cucumber soup, which is definitely hot

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