A salad is a single uncooked or cooked vegetable or a selection of uncooked or cooked vegetables served cold or hot with or without a dressing. In Britain and the United States it also refers to a cold main dish, usually comprising some kind of cold meat or fish and a selection of cold uncooked or cooked vegetables. The word is also used to describe a selection of fruit served as a dessert.

Salads comprising only one or two vegetables are generally served as ‘side’ dishes, that is accompaniments to main dishes, although in France such salads are usually served after the main dish. Some salads, such as TOMATO SALAD and WURSTSALAT are also often served as hors d’oeuvre.

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