Desert Salad

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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 Hit Points at the Survival skill necessary of 55 needed 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.

Survival Skill effect

SkillEffectHardcore effect
10+8 Hit Point for 15s-48 Dehydration , -96 Starvation 
20+9 Hit Point for 15s-56 Dehydration , -112 Starvation 
30+11 Hit Point for 15s-64 Dehydration , -128 Starvation 
40+12 Hit Point for 15s-72 Dehydration , -144 Starvation 
50+14 Hit Point for 15s-80 Dehydration , -160 Starvation 
60+15 Hit Point for 15s-88 Dehydration , -176 Starvation 
70+16 Hit Point for 15s-96 Dehydration , -192 Starvation 
80+18 Hit Point for 15s-104 Dehydration , -208 Starvation 
90+19 Hit Point for 15s-112 Dehydration , -224 Starvation 
100+21 Hit Point for 15s-120 Dehydration , -240 Starvation 


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

Creation requirements

Name Requirements Components
Desert Salad


  • Prior to this item required two barrel cactus fruit and two pinyon nuts in order to be crafted.
  • Based on the in-game item, it seems desert salad also contains common salad greens and tomatoes.

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.

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