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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8,399 1,238
Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

2
6,729 1,698
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

3
5,754 2,172
Tomato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

4
5,739 1,579
Spinach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

5
6,092 1,508
Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

6
5,396 2,298
Egg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

7
5,052 2,233
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

8
5,059 1,941
Crouton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

9
4,616 1,402
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

10
4,822 1,402
Carrot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

11
3,208 2,592
Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

12
3,730 1,837
Red onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

13
3,748 1,652
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 2,330
Onion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

15
2,930 2,325
Feta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

16
3,341 1,565
Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

17
2,787 2,241
Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
alliwalk added

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4,616 640
Romaine lettuce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
LanaYoshii added

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3,800 1,839
Avocado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

20
2,827 2,248
Nuts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

21
3,286 1,837
Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

22
2,354 2,097
Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

23
2,461 1,778
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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2,870 1,772
Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

25
2,426 1,802
Green bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

26
1,930 2,192
Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,779 2,435
Green olive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Green olive

28
1,669 2,430
Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

29
2,152 1,735
Steak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

30
2,238 1,453
Balsamic Vinegrette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
sstrauss0 added Balsamic Vinegrette

31
2,531 1,817
Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

32
2,458 1,246
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
VanessaHawelu added

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2,237 1,617
Purple cabbage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Purple cabbage

34
1,624 2,096
Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

35
2,300 1,177
Italian dressing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added

36
1,786 2,170
Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

37
1,543 1,812
Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Heirloom Tomato

38
1,663 1,814
Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Diced Turkey

39
1,444 1,912
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

40
1,688 1,882
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

41
1,041 2,416
Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

42
1,592 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 1,935
Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

46
1,601 923
Butter Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Butter Lettuce

47
1,182 1,988
Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

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1,027 1,353
Kale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad

49
1,428 1,169
Black Olive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
Duenan Carol David added

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1,322 1,500
Celery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Things to Put in a Salad
TinaFletcherSaulnier added