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

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6,915 1,767
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,916 2,246
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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6,265 1,557
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,530 2,362
Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,887 1,620
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,150 2,310
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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5,167 1,987
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,733 1,440
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,944 1,440
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,294 2,660
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,840 1,889
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,845 1,699
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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3,004 2,383
Feta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,350 2,382
Onion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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4,708 674
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
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3,403 1,623
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,839 2,295
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
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3,907 1,878
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,895 2,296
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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3,357 1,875
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,522 1,814
Extra virgin olive oil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
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2,398 2,147
Ham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,930 1,808
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,469 1,844
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad