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
6,635 1,654
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,661 2,131
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,636 1,550
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

5
5,327 2,251
Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
5,985 1,492
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

7
4,989 2,180
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
4,993 1,896
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,544 1,375
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,727 1,382
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

11
3,154 2,548
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,653 1,806
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,686 1,625
Cherry Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Cherry Tomatoes

14
3,232 2,297
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,884 2,293
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,299 1,527
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

17
2,747 2,208
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added

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4,551 625
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

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3,751 1,814
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

20
2,785 2,213
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

21
3,226 1,814
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,329 2,053
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,413 1,758
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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2,823 1,751
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

25
2,388 1,775
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

26
1,913 2,155
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

27
1,748 2,400
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

28
2,128 1,703
Steak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

29
1,638 2,402
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

30
2,210 1,432
Balsamic Vinegrette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Balsamic Vinegrette

31
2,492 1,797
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

32
2,416 1,234
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

33
2,195 1,598
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

34
1,598 2,073
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

35
2,268 1,161
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

36
1,762 2,142
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

37
1,523 1,785
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

38
1,648 1,782
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

39
1,419 1,887
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

40
1,664 1,859
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

41
1,027 2,389
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

42
1,567 1,928
Apple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

43
1,508 1,752
Almond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

44
1,755 1,320
Baby Carrots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Baby Carrots

45
1,246 1,917
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

46
1,576 908
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

47
1,173 1,965
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,402 1,151
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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1,003 1,343
Kale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

50
1,300 1,479
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added