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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. 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

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6,194 1,490
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,259 1,967
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,233 1,445
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,977 2,109
Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Egg

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4,720 2,002
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,596 1,402
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,705 1,752
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,278 1,276
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,415 1,307
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,974 2,383
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,405 1,696
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,448 1,514
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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3,061 2,165
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,729 2,150
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,096 1,410
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,590 2,088
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added Sunflower Seeds

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4,287 590
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added Romaine lettuce

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3,498 1,726
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,595 2,100
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,028 1,710
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,203 1,929
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,275 1,655
Extra virgin olive oil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Extra virgin olive oil

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2,671 1,670
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,242 1,683
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,818 2,027
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,651 2,268
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

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2,025 1,600
Steak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,537 2,284
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,084 1,345
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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2,360 1,701
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,286 1,155
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added Black pepper

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2,071 1,508
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

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1,515 1,959
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,152 1,091
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added Italian dressing

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1,662 2,053
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,450 1,693
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

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1,581 1,689
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

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1,338 1,789
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,584 1,770
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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974 2,273
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,433 1,673
Almond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,478 1,843
Apple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,656 1,258
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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1,186 1,816
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,476 856
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

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1,109 1,875
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,301 1,073
Black Olive is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Duenan Carol David added Black Olive

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934 1,255
Kale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,217 1,400
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added Celery