Healthy Diet The Best Things to Put in a Salad  

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List Rules Any edible addition you can throw in a salad

The very best salad ingredients, be them veggies, cheese, meats or other items, are the essential components that when combined transform the individual items into a real salad. Alone, these items are all delicious, but when you add them together and toss them with a delicious salad dressing, a yummy salad is created.

In fact, it's the salad ingredients or toppings that distinguish one salad from another. Take the Caesar salad for instance and it's traditional toppings of Parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, croutons and a garlicky dressing. Greek salads are the same with the likes of feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickled beets, peperoncini peppers, cucumbers and an olive oil-oregano dressing making these individual items combine to create something better than the sum of the original parts.

Whether you're a fan of traditional salads like the Waldorf or the classic cobb or just a simple garden salad with lettuce, tomato and dressing, it's safe to assume we can all agree that the ingredients make the salad. We've all seen the salad bars stocked with a wide variety of vegetables, cheeses, meats, nuts and dressings, and just as there are endless options for salad toppings, there are endless combinations for which to create out own definition of a perfect salad.

Perhaps that flexibility and the fact that there is no wrong way to make a salad, is what makes salad a wonder food. As an added bonus, for the most part, unless you pick fatty dressings and high-calorie toppings, salads are also healthy (often rich in proteins and nutrients). That's a double bonus if we ever saw one.

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Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

2
6,737 1,703
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,760 2,178
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,748 1,582
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

5
6,100 1,511
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
5,405 2,302
Egg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

7
5,058 2,237
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
5,064 1,944
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,622 1,404
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,828 1,404
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

11
3,213 2,596
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,735 1,840
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,751 1,657
Cherry Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Cherry Tomatoes

14
3,284 2,334
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,933 2,329
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,345 1,569
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,790 2,244
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added

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4,619 644
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

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3,810 1,840
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

20
2,835 2,252
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

21
3,292 1,840
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,356 2,102
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,465 1,781
Extra virgin olive oil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added

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2,874 1,775
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,430 1,806
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

26
1,934 2,195
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,780 2,440
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

28
1,673 2,433
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

29
2,153 1,739
Steak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

30
2,241 1,456
Balsamic Vinegrette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Balsamic Vinegrette

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2,536 1,817
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

32
2,461 1,247
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

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2,239 1,620
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

34
1,625 2,100
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

35
2,302 1,180
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

36
1,787 2,173
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

37
1,543 1,817
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

38
1,665 1,816
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

39
1,445 1,916
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

40
1,690 1,884
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,043 2,418
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

42
1,596 1,947
Apple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

43
1,533 1,769
Almond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

44
1,787 1,336
Baby Carrots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Baby Carrots

45
1,267 1,938
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

46
1,602 925
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

47
1,186 1,989
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,030 1,355
Kale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,430 1,171
Black Olive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Duenan Carol David added

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1,324 1,502
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added