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The literal meaning is:
This expression dates from the 19th century. It’s comparing salads (an assortment of ingredients that go well together) to a set of gossip that, accompanied by a little humor and false excuses, can sound real.
If someone is lying to you, you can simply say “Tu mens” (You lie) or “Tu es un(e) ment-eur/euse” (You are a liar)
But to make it funnier, you can say instead: “Tu racontes des salades” (You are telling salads)
There is also a harsh way to say it: “Tu racontes des conneries.” (You are telling bullshit.) or simply “Conneries.” (Bullshit.)