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Salad toppings are typically made by combining lettuce or mixed greens with an assortment of toppings and a dressing menu.

With a large variety of possible mix-ins, salads can be a staple of a balanced diet. You can add almost any food to a salad, but some toppings are more nutritious than others.UFABET  

1. Chopped Raw Vegetables

A typical salad starts with raw greens. Such as lettuce, spinach, kale, mixed greens or arugula. However, you can also add several other raw vegetables.

Some popular raw veggie toppings include chopped carrots, onions, cucumbers, celery, mushrooms and broccoli. These vegetables are packed with fiber and plant compounds that offer health benefits.

One study in 422 young adults found that eating raw vegetables. Including carrots, lettuce, spinach and cucumber was associated with good mental health and mood.

2. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds — such as pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, peanuts and chia seeds are highly nutritious salad toppings.

For example, 1 ounce (28 grams) of pumpkin seeds has 5 grams of protein and close to 20% of the Daily Value (DV) for zinc. Even more, adding just 22 almonds (1 ounce or 28 grams) to a salad packs over 3 grams of fiber and several vitamins and minerals.

When choosing nuts or seeds to add to your salad. look for raw or dry-roasted varieties without added salt, sugar or preservatives.