We Ranked 72 Salad Toppings From Worst To Best
This is important.
72. Mandarin oranges
Belong in a can. Toxic and cheap!
Literally overpower the entire salad. Have no place in one.
OK I think I'm gonna vomit.
No thanks, bud.
Are you trying to me me sick?!
64. Chopped apples
Not a fan!
62. Blue cheese
Overpowers the salad. Not good!
60. Sunflower seeds
Too small. Immediately fall to the bottom with no hope of resurrecting to the top.
Basically water. Not a thing.
58. Bean sprouts
No thanks. Adds nothing!
Make your teeth red. Aggressive.
54. Red cabbage
Filler. Doesn't really add much. Also bitter.
53. Artichoke hearts
Kind of bland. Kind of a bad topping. Kind of unnecessary.
Kinda stringy. Seems like a better idea than it actually is.
Not ideal for a salad but if you need something spicy this is where you obviously go.
48. Green beans
Yeah, it's just really not a *salad food.*
Not ideal for salads.
46. Chopped tomatoes
Always too many of them.
45. Grape tomatoes
44. Crispy noodles
TBH the worst of the "crunchy" chiplike add-ons. Still, any breadlike crunchy thing in a salad is good.
What are they even?
Can simply add a nice crunch.
39. Brussels sprouts
38. Goat cheese
It's OK. Can be clumpy. Still cheese.
Sometimes good. Also hit or miss.
36. Tortilla chips
35. Black beans
A nice filler. Can be gassy.
33. Pine nuts
Also a decent nut. We need to talk about pine nuts more often.
Always better if chopped. Good flavor, though.
30. Dried cranberries
Spunky and fun.
29. Pomegranate seeds
Usually lovely. A solid substitute for chicken.
The most underrated salad protein.
26. Feta cheese
Low-key great. Flavorful!
25. Cottage cheese
Severely underrated. Needs more play in mainstream salad media.
Amazing. Haters will say otherwise.
22. Kidney beans
A good bean.
20. Cheddar cheese
Great because it's cheese.
19. Heirloom tomatoes
Ton of flavor. Is bacon. Kind of defeats the purpose of *getting a salad* though. Fabu!
Better shredded. Great base.
Love a good Mediterranean salad!
13. Mozzarella cheese
9. Sweet potatoes
Delicious. Filling. Brings joy!
6. Hard-boiled egg
4. Parmesan cheese
Arguably the most important part of the salad unless you are a vegetarian. End of story.