We Ranked 72 Salad Toppings From Worst To Best

This is important.

Posted on

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


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.

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!

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.

51. Sprouts

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

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.

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


40. Cucumber

Can simply add a nice crunch.

38. Goat cheese

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

37. Tofu

Sometimes good. Also hit or miss.

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.

31. Almonds

Always better if chopped. Good flavor, though.

30. Dried cranberries

Spunky and fun.

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.

23. Peas

Amazing. Haters will say otherwise.

22. Kidney beans

A good bean.

20. Cheddar cheese

Great because it's cheese.

17. Bacon

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

15. Carrots

Better shredded. Great base.

14. Falafel

Love a good Mediterranean salad!

12. Walnuts

GREAT nut.

9. Sweet potatoes

Delicious. Filling. Brings joy!

7. Pepitas


3. Chicken

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