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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

    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

    56. Zucchini

    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

    51. Sprouts

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

    50. Hummus

    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

    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

    40. Cucumber

    Can simply add a nice crunch.

    39. Brussels sprouts

    38. Goat cheese

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

    37. Tofu

    Sometimes good. Also hit or miss.

    36. Tortilla chips

    35. Black beans

    A nice filler. Can be gassy.

    34. Pecans

    33. Pine nuts

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

    32. Cauliflower

    31. Almonds

    Always better if chopped. Good flavor, though.

    30. Dried cranberries

    Spunky and fun.

    29. Pomegranate seeds

    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

    23. Peas

    Amazing. Haters will say otherwise.

    22. Kidney beans

    A good bean.

    21. Mushrooms

    20. Cheddar cheese

    Great because it's cheese.

    19. Heirloom tomatoes

    18. Quinoa

    17. Bacon

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

    16. Squash

    15. Carrots

    Better shredded. Great base.

    14. Falafel

    Love a good Mediterranean salad!

    13. Mozzarella cheese

    12. Walnuts

    GREAT nut.

    11. Broccoli

    10. Corn

    9. Sweet potatoes

    Delicious. Filling. Brings joy!

    8. Chickpeas

    7. Pepitas


    6. Hard-boiled egg

    5. Shrimp

    4. Parmesan cheese

    3. Chicken

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

    2. Avocado

    1. Croutons