There are no hard and fast rules about the ingredients that should go into a salad. Select salad ingredients to lend colour to the table, but above all let them blend and help to balance the rest of the menu. Salads are not just diet dishes - vegetables can be combined with a portion of proteins such as cheese, sprouts, soya etc. The nutritive value of salads is as varied as the foods that go into it. They are a source of minerals, vitamins and fibre.