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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 210 Hit Points with a Survival skill of 55, which is necessary to craft it. It is also one of a minority of food items that provide significant restoration to both the Dehydration and Starvation levels while in Hardcore mode.

Though it is not the most filling item in the game, its weight to health ratio makes 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 Courier. It is not sold by merchants or found anywhere in the wasteland.

Creation requirements

Desert Salad (1)


  • Prior to patch, this item required two barrel cactus fruit and two pinyon nuts in order to be crafted.
  • Based on the in-game item, it seems the Desert Salad also contains common salad greens and tomatoes, even though none of the said items are available.
  • Despite the fact one of the ingredients is brahmin steak, which contains radiation, the salad does not increase the player character's radiation level, making it a way of turning irradiated food into a more "healthy" alternative.

Behind the scenes

Desert Salad is mentioned on p. A-9 of the Fallout Vault Dweller's Survival Guide.[1] A different recipe is included in The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook.[2]