Have you noticed how the term "salad" has lost all meaning?
Well, Webster's says it has meaning:
1: any of various usu. cold dishes: as a: raw greens (as lettuce) often combined with other vegetables and toppings and served especially with dressing b: small pieces of food (as pasta, meat, fruit, or vegetables) usually mixed with a dressing (as mayonnaise) or set in gelatin*
Oh, that clears it right up.
It's about temperature. But it's not. It's about greens. But it's not. It's about what it's dressed with. But it's not. It's about size.** But it's not. It's about suspension.*** But it's not.
English is such a specific language. Except when it's not.
At some point, somebody had to point to something that wasn't a salad prior to that moment in history and say "Prithee, Squire, passeth me the ...salad!" and somebody passed what he was pointing to and danged if the roast beast on dandelion greens didn't become a salad.
How about we lump soup and dessert in under "salad" and call it a day?
At my next physical, when the doctor asks about my diet, I'm going to tell him the truth: "Hand to god, Doc, every meal I eat is salad."
* Webster doesn't even mention fish but I've seen plenty of fish salads. And taco salads. And...
** That's what she said!
*** And why is there always room for Jello? Is it the compression factor?