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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8,296 1,220
Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

2
6,660 1,666
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,683 2,143
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,668 1,558
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

5
5,347 2,265
Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
6,012 1,498
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

7
5,005 2,196
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
5,014 1,908
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,561 1,385
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,752 1,388
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

11
3,169 2,558
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,674 1,813
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,700 1,635
Cherry Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Cherry Tomatoes

14
3,245 2,306
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,897 2,301
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,307 1,540
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

17
2,759 2,216
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added

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4,566 631
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

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3,769 1,818
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

20
2,802 2,220
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

21
3,246 1,818
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,331 2,068
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,426 1,762
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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2,838 1,754
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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2,399 1,781
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

26
1,919 2,162
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

27
1,756 2,411
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

28
1,650 2,405
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

29
2,132 1,712
Steak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

30
2,219 1,435
Balsamic Vinegrette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Balsamic Vinegrette

31
2,504 1,804
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

32
2,429 1,234
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

33
2,209 1,602
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

34
1,608 2,076
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

35
2,276 1,164
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

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1,770 2,149
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

37
1,530 1,791
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

38
1,652 1,791
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

39
1,427 1,894
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

40
1,672 1,866
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

41
1,033 2,395
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

42
1,520 1,754
Almond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

43
1,575 1,933
Apple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

44
1,764 1,323
Baby Carrots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Baby Carrots

45
1,254 1,919
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

46
1,584 910
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

47
1,175 1,972
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,411 1,155
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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1,012 1,344
Kale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

50
1,306 1,484
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added