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
6,672 1,671
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,692 2,146
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,678 1,559
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

5
5,352 2,271
Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
6,022 1,498
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

7
5,009 2,202
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
5,020 1,912
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,569 1,386
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,761 1,389
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

11
3,175 2,562
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,678 1,817
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,706 1,637
Cherry Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Cherry Tomatoes

14
3,248 2,311
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,903 2,304
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,311 1,544
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,762 2,219
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added

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4,573 632
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

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3,772 1,821
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

20
2,804 2,226
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

21
3,252 1,821
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,333 2,075
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,431 1,766
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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2,841 1,758
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,404 1,782
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

26
1,921 2,167
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

27
1,761 2,414
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

28
1,653 2,408
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

29
2,135 1,716
Steak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

30
2,222 1,438
Balsamic Vinegrette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Balsamic Vinegrette

31
2,507 1,807
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

32
2,434 1,235
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

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2,214 1,606
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

34
1,611 2,079
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

35
2,281 1,165
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

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1,771 2,154
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

37
1,531 1,796
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

38
1,654 1,796
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

39
1,428 1,898
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

40
1,673 1,871
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

41
1,033 2,399
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

42
1,579 1,935
Apple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

43
1,521 1,756
Almond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

44
1,766 1,324
Baby Carrots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Baby Carrots

45
1,257 1,920
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

46
1,586 912
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

47
1,176 1,974
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,412 1,157
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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1,014 1,345
Kale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

50
1,308 1,486
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added