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A salad is a food item generally served either prior to or after the main dish as a separate course, as a main course in itself, or as a sidedish accompanying the main dish. The word "Salad" comes from the French salade of the same meaning, from the Latin salata, "salty", from sal , "salt". See also sauce, salsa.

It is most often composed of a mixture of uncooked vegetables, built up on a base of green leafy vegetables such as one or more lettuce varieties, dandelion, spinach, or rocket. This is often referred to as a "green salad".

Other common vegetables in a green salad include tomato, cucumber, peppers, mushroom, onion, sping onion, carrot and radish. Other food items such as pasta, olives, cooked potatoes, rice, croutons, meat (e.g. bacon), cheese, or fish (e.g. tuna) are sometimes added to salads.

Table of contents
1 Types of green salad
2 Salad dressings
3 Other types of salads

Types of green salad

Salad dressings

A green salad is often served with a dressing. Some examples include:

Other types of salads

Some salads are based on
food items other than fresh vegetables: