Salads are both similar and different. A cold salad with vegetables is common as a first course or as a side dish at a meal. However, they're not the tossed green salad we tend to expect. A salad here means something more like a potato or chicken salad mix.
The salad will almost always be mixed with mayo and will contain meat, sometimes more meat than in the entree. The combinations are new to us: potato salad almost always has canned peas; a beet salad may contain fish, and so on.