Top 6 Salad Add-Ons

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Nuts
If you want to add a little more protein and substance to your salad while protecting your heart, go ahead and throw on the nuts. Adding a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or ... more 
Photo by: ThinkStock
Nuts
If you want to add a little more protein and substance to your salad while protecting your heart, go ahead and throw on the nuts. Adding a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts to your salad will make it more nutritionally beneficial, since nuts are loaded with antioxidants and other elements that protect against heart disease. According to the FDA, the seven healthiest nuts are hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, pine nuts, peanuts and walnuts. The key is to consume them in moderation, so stick to a few. less 
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Thu, Apr 12, 2012 11:36 AM EDT

So you've got your nutrient-rich lettuce all picked out, and it's in the salad bowl, green and ready to go. What happens now? You could just go ahead and add your dressing, but why not throw in a few more ingredients to pack some real nutritional punch? When it comes to salad add-ons, what you choose can make a big difference in how healthy your salad is. In general, you want your salad to be as colorful as possible with bold-looking vegetables and fruits, avoiding unnecessary foods that are high in fat like cheese. Depending on whether your salad is a side dish or the main course, you can also add healthy ingredients that make it a well-rounded meal. Read on for the top six salad add-ons:

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