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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8,180 1,199
Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

2
6,583 1,632
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,616 2,100
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,588 1,532
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,288 2,233
Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
5,938 1,477
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,954 2,156
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
4,961 1,878
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,502 1,365
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,684 1,371
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,123 2,526
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,617 1,789
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,660 1,603
Cherry Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Cherry Tomatoes

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3,211 2,278
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,855 2,272
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,270 1,506
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,726 2,189
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
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4,511 620
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

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3,719 1,795
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,763 2,190
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,204 1,791
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,308 2,034
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,390 1,743
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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2,806 1,733
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,373 1,757
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,900 2,138
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,738 2,380
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

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1,624 2,385
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,110 1,691
Steak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,190 1,419
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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2,471 1,784
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,396 1,223
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

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2,179 1,588
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

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1,586 2,059
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,745 2,131
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,253 1,148
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

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1,515 1,770
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

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1,636 1,772
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

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1,405 1,876
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,653 1,846
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,019 2,375
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,556 1,916
Apple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,499 1,742
Almond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,739 1,315
Baby Carrots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Baby Carrots

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1,236 1,905
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,562 903
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

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1,161 1,954
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,390 1,141
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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995 1,329
Kale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,291 1,465
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added