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Desert salad
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+7 Hit Points per second for 15s
-40 Dehydration
-80 Starvation
Base ID0015e3a5

Desert salad is a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


Desert salad provides a very high amount of health over a short period of time, healing 105 HP at the Survival skill necessary to craft it. It is also one of a minority of food items which provide significant restoration to both the player's Dehydration and Starvation levels while in hardcore mode. Though it is not the most filling item in the game, its weight to health ratio make it one of the most efficient foods available. Accordingly, it is also one of the more difficult items to make, due to the rarity of pinyon nuts.

Effects of Survival skill

10+8 Hit Point, -48 Dehydration, -96 Starvation60+15 Hit Point, -88 Dehydration, -176 Starvation
20+9 Hit Point, -56 Dehydration, -112 Starvation70+16 Hit Point, -96 Dehydration, -192 Starvation
30+11 Hit Point, -64 Dehydration, -128 Starvation80+18 Hit Point, -104 Dehydration, -208 Starvation
40+12 Hit Point, -72 Dehydration, -144 Starvation90+19 Hit Point, -112 Dehydration, -224 Starvation
50+14 Hit Point, -80 Dehydration, -160 Starvation100+21 Hit Point, -120 Dehydration, -240 Starvation
Note: radiation levels are not affected by the Survival skill level.




This item must be crafted by the player. It is not sold by merchants or found elsewhere in the wasteland.


  • Prior to patch, the recipe required two barrel cactus fruit and two pinyon nuts.

Behind the scenes

Desert salad is a direct reference to the real-world recipe featured in the Fallout game manual, alongside the mushroom cloud recipe. The instruction manual recipe for desert salad, described below:


(Increase or reduce ingredient portions to taste)

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef (turkey may be substituted)
  • 6 oz. tortilla chips
  • 1 firm tomato
  • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, cut
  • 1 16oz. bottle of Catalina
  • 3 oz. pinto beans
  • 6 oz. sliced olives
  • 1 avocado (optional)
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese
  • dressing

Brown the meat, drain.

In large bowl, mix lettuce, beans, and olives. Crush chips and add. Cut tomato into small chunks and add to bowl. Shred cheese and add. Slice avocado and add. Add meat. Toss with dressing. Serve.

Makes 4-6 portions.

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