50 Salad Bar Toppings
Posted by Michelle Boudin
Whether you’re looking to boost nutritional value or add flavor, there are lots of ways to spruce up a salad. We’ve got a rundown of 50 salad bar toppings to help get you thinking creatively the next time you throw together a bowl of leafy greens.
Add a little crunch with these ideas. They’re usually best when added at the end, but we’re giving them the top spot.
- Nuts (almonds, sugared pecans, walnuts, peanuts)
- Tortilla chips
- Sesame seeds
- Croutons (try taking old bread and making your own)
- Onion rings
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From tasty cheeses perfect for salads to delicious dairy-free options, add a touch of creaminess to salads with these ideas.
- Shredded cheese (cheddar, parmesan)
- Gorgonzola cheese
- Blue cheese crumbles
Try any of these veggies roasted, grilled, marinated, raw or even pickled.
- Artichoke hearts
- Red onion
- Sweet potato
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Toss in these fruits dry or fresh, chopped or whole.
- Apple wedges
- Tomatoes (sundried, cherry, chunks)
- Pineapple chunks
The heart of the salad bowl! Spice it up with meat, seafood, or vegetarian proteins. Include a little of each for people to choose from!
- Boiled Eggs
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- Crab Cakes
- Kidney beans
- Black beans
- Garbanzo beans
Depending on the type of salad you’re making, a combination of these toppings can take it to the next level and give you enough options for a different salad every night of the week!
Michelle Boudin is an investigative reporter for WCNC TV and a freelance writer.