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    We Ranked 72 Salad Toppings From Worst To Best

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    72. Mandarin oranges

    Belong in a can. Toxic and cheap!

    71. Olives

    Literally overpower the entire salad. Have no place in one.

    70. Grapes

    OK I think I'm gonna vomit.

    69. Cilantro


    68. Strawberries

    Yeah, no!

    67. Pears


    66. Blueberries

    No thanks, bud.

    65. Raspberries

    Are you trying to me me sick?!

    64. Chopped apples

    Not a fan!

    63. Gorgonzola

    Too intense.

    62. Blue cheese


    61. Onions

    Overpowers the salad. Not good!

    60. Sunflower seeds

    Too small. Immediately fall to the bottom with no hope of resurrecting to the top.

    59. Celery

    Basically water. Not a thing.

    58. Bean sprouts

    No thanks. Adds nothing!

    57. Asparagus

    Makes your pee smell funny. Can't get over that.

    56. Zucchini

    Trying too hard to be a thing. Not going to be a thing.

    55. Beets

    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.

    52. Salmon

    Just not for me.

    51. Sprouts

    Kinda stringy. Seems like a better idea than it actually is.

    50. Hummus

    Not really meant for salads, but I'm never mad when it's included.

    49. Jalapeños

    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.*

    47. Steak

    Not ideal for salads.

    46. Chopped tomatoes

    Always too many of them.

    45. Grape tomatoes

    Literally explosive. Dangerous to clothing. Better than chopped.

    44. Crispy noodles

    TBH the worst of the "crunchy" chiplike add-ons. Still, any breadlike crunchy thing in a salad is good.

    43. Radishes

    What are they even?

    42. Edamame


    41. Eggplant

    Always chewy. The skin has a weird texture.

    40. Cucumber

    Can simply add a nice crunch.

    39. Brussels sprouts

    VERY hit or miss. Can be either amazing or awful. Choose wisely.

    38. Goat cheese

    It's OK. Can be clumpy. Still cheese.

    37. Tofu

    Sometimes good. Also hit or miss.

    36. Tortilla chips

    Can get soggy. Kind of problematic. Still a carb.

    35. Black beans

    A nice filler. Can be gassy.

    34. Pecans

    A decent nut.

    33. Pine nuts

    Also a decent nut. We need to talk about pine nuts more often.

    32. Cauliflower

    Will always be broccoli's ugly stepsister. (No offense.)

    31. Almonds

    Always better if chopped. Good flavor, though.

    30. Dried cranberries

    Spunky and fun.

    29. Pomegranate seeds

    The best of the "sweet" add-ons. Nice crunch.

    28. Turkey

    Usually lovely. A solid substitute for chicken.

    27. Tuna

    The most underrated salad protein.

    26. Feta cheese

    Low-key great. Flavorful!

    25. Cottage cheese

    Severely underrated. Needs more play in mainstream salad media.

    24. Peppers

    Great crunch. Fun flavor!

    23. Peas

    Amazing. Haters will say otherwise.

    22. Kidney beans

    A good bean.

    21. Mushrooms

    Good but polarizing. An acquired taste. Better when seasoned!

    20. Cheddar cheese

    Great because it's cheese.

    19. Heirloom tomatoes

    Fancy tomatoes. Makes me feel rich, which therefore makes them taste better!

    18. Quinoa

    A nice treat. Legit just a good source of protein!

    17. Bacon

    Ton of flavor. Is bacon. Kind of defeats the purpose of *getting a salad* though. Fabu!

    16. Squash

    Sweet potatoes are better but these are still great.

    15. Carrots

    Better shredded. Great base.

    14. Falafel

    Love a good Mediterranean salad!

    13. Mozzarella cheese

    Excellent in ball form.

    12. Walnuts

    GREAT nut.

    11. Broccoli

    Make you feel healthy. Better cooked.

    10. Corn

    Always adds a nice crunch. Excellent!

    9. Sweet potatoes

    Delicious. Filling. Brings joy!

    8. Chickpeas

    Tend to fall to the bottom of the salad but, unlike sunflower seeds, are always a pleasant surprise when you get there.

    7. Pepitas


    6. Hard-boiled egg

    Huge fan. Love when they use the special egg slicer. Cool tool!

    5. Shrimp

    A luxury item in the salad community.

    4. Parmesan cheese

    Adds a nice cheesy "crunch." The bigger the flakes the better. The best salad cheese. A must!

    3. Chicken

    Arguably the most important part of the salad unless you are a vegetarian. End of story.

    2. Avocado

    Always costs extra and is always worth it.

    1. Croutons

    A true diamond in the salad roughage. The best, most important part of any salad. If you disagree then you are wrong.