I have a VPS with a host that only allows installs of the minimal ubuntu image. I was wondering what other packages the standard ubuntu server 14.02 has that the minimal doesn't so that I can run the standard.
There's a similar question on Ask Ubuntu and the answer seems to match what you're looking for. That said, the standard package list includes graphical desktop packages which you wouldn't want installed on a VPS, so use some discretion before installing lots of unneeded software.
To be honest, I'd just install missing packages as and when you need them.