12 Ingredients That Should Never Go in a Salad

1. Spoiled or Moldy Ingredients: Any ingredient that shows signs of spoilage or mold should be discarded immediately to prevent foodborne illness.

1. Raw Meat: Raw meat, such as beef, chicken, or pork, should not be added to salads unless it has been properly cooked to the recommended internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria.

1. Unwashed Produce: Always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before adding them to salads to remove dirt, pesticides, and bacteria.

Unripe Avocado: While ripe avocados are a popular salad ingredient, unripe avocados can be hard and tasteless.

1. Excessive Salt or Sodium: Be mindful of adding too much salt or high-sodium ingredients like processed meats or salty cheeses, as they can overpower the flavors of the salad.

Sugary Dressings: Avoid dressings with high sugar content, such as sweetened vinaigrettes or creamy dressings with added sugars.

1. Stale or Soggy Ingredients: Ingredients that are stale or have become soggy, such as croutons, bread, or chips, can detract from the overall texture and taste of the salad.

Overly Spicy Ingredients: While a touch of spice can enhance the flavor of a salad, be cautious of adding overly spicy ingredients.

Unwashed Herbs: Fresh herbs should be washed thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris before adding them to salads.