When applied to foods, this term is used to describe a mixture of ingredients that are selected to be in "harmony" with the other ingredients that are combined. The mixture is prepared to serve as a food dish for an appetizer, a main dish, a side dish, or a dessert. The term is most often associated with a mixture of vegetables, referred to as a "vegetable medley" but may also be used to describe a tray of cheeses or fruit as well as meats. Main dishes, such as a "ham medley," could refer to ham mixed with other ingredients, which may include meats or vegetables, to form a casserole of ingredients.
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