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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8,400 1,238
Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

2
6,730 1,699
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,755 2,173
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,740 1,580
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

5
6,094 1,508
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
5,397 2,299
Egg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

7
5,052 2,235
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
5,060 1,942
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,617 1,403
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,822 1,403
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

11
3,209 2,593
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,730 1,838
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,749 1,653
Cherry Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Cherry Tomatoes

14
3,281 2,331
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,930 2,327
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,341 1,567
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

17
2,787 2,242
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added

18
4,616 642
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

19
3,802 1,839
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

20
2,828 2,249
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

21
3,288 1,838
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,354 2,099
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,462 1,779
Extra virgin olive oil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added

24
2,871 1,773
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

25
2,426 1,804
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

26
1,931 2,193
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

27
1,779 2,437
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

28
1,670 2,431
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

29
2,152 1,736
Steak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

30
2,239 1,454
Balsamic Vinegrette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Balsamic Vinegrette

31
2,532 1,817
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

32
2,459 1,246
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

33
2,237 1,618
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

34
1,625 2,097
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

35
2,300 1,178
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

36
1,787 2,170
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

37
1,543 1,814
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

38
1,663 1,815
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

39
1,444 1,914
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

40
1,689 1,882
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

41
1,041 2,417
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

42
1,594 1,946
Apple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

43
1,532 1,767
Almond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

44
1,785 1,334
Baby Carrots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Baby Carrots

45
1,266 1,936
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

46
1,601 924
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

47
1,183 1,988
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

48
1,028 1,354
Kale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

49
1,429 1,170
Black Olive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Duenan Carol David added

50
1,322 1,501
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added