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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8,252 1,205
Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

2
6,629 1,653
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,656 2,126
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,633 1,549
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

5
5,323 2,250
Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
5,982 1,491
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

7
4,984 2,179
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
4,991 1,895
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,541 1,374
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,724 1,379
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

11
3,152 2,545
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,650 1,805
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,683 1,622
Cherry Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Cherry Tomatoes

14
3,230 2,297
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,881 2,293
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,293 1,525
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,744 2,207
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added

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4,547 625
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

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3,747 1,812
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

20
2,782 2,212
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

21
3,223 1,812
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,326 2,051
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,411 1,757
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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2,821 1,750
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,386 1,772
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,912 2,154
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,746 2,399
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

28
2,126 1,702
Steak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

29
1,637 2,401
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

30
2,209 1,431
Balsamic Vinegrette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Balsamic Vinegrette

31
2,489 1,797
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

32
2,414 1,232
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

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2,193 1,598
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

34
1,596 2,072
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

35
2,266 1,159
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

36
1,760 2,140
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,521 1,784
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

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1,646 1,781
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

39
1,417 1,886
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

40
1,662 1,858
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

41
1,026 2,388
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

42
1,566 1,927
Apple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

43
1,507 1,751
Almond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

44
1,753 1,319
Baby Carrots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Baby Carrots

45
1,245 1,917
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

46
1,575 908
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

47
1,173 1,964
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,402 1,150
Black Olive is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Duenan Carol David added

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1,003 1,342
Kale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,300 1,478
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added