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April 09, 2017

Mark’s Big-Ass Keto Salad

By Mark Sisson

Inline_Final Fat Bomb SaladFor years now, all those who know me (including readers of the blog) have heard me talk about my daily “big-ass salad.” It’s been my lunch of choice for a couple of decades at least, and I don’t see that ever changing. Over the years I’ve adapted it to my personal tastes, nutritional experiments, and—lately—my keto practice.

Some people minimize vegetable intake when they’re eating keto. I’ve never found that necessary or beneficial. In fact, I highly recommend plenty of above-ground vegetables and even berries for an optimally varied, nutrient-dense keto diet. That’s my Primal take because personally I practice keto with an eye toward strategy, not restriction.

So, what about the fat? With fat comprising up to 75% of keto energy sourcing, you can bet we’re talking about more than lettuce. This salad is no side dish for sure. I get a large portion of my fat intake from it every day—keto weeks included. With a whole avocado, a generous chunk of Emmental cheese (my favorite cheese when I’m in ketosis), and a hefty (i.e. jaw-dropping) dose of my own PRIMAL KITCHEN® Caesar Dressing with all the rich goodness of avocado oil, I literally call this my fat bomb salad. See if it won’t make you a keto salad believer.



  • Lettuce (I prefer a mix of romaine and dark leafy greens.) 
  • Cherry Tomatoes 
  • Chopped Avocado
  • Broccolini 
  • Shaved Emmental Cheese
  • PRIMAL KITCHEN® Caesar Dressing 



Toss together the cut vegetables with mixed greens. Shave my favorite cheese, Emmental, over the entire salad. Smother with PRIMAL KITCHEN® Caesar Dressing (no skimping allowed). Then enjoy. 

Final Fat Bomb Salad

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Frances Shea
Frances Shea
17 days 7 hours ago


13 days 9 hours ago

I was wondering the same thing…

6 days 5 hours ago

Yep, me too…

13 days 8 hours ago

I would think maybe a hardboiled egg or nuts?

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
13 days 7 hours ago

I make a similar salad daily but with the addition of a soft-hard boil egg/s. I eat Romaine lettuce like there’s no tomorrow, but when I don’t have any, I base the salad on a nice portion of micro or baby greens. FYI, Still hoping for reasonable shipping overseas.

13 days 3 hours ago

Protein and avocado are missing from the ingredients list. ?

11 days 37 minutes ago

My Friday Night Keto Salad- romaine and arugula with cherry tomatoes, broccoli, sardines, hard boiled egg, avocado, onion and Primal avocado oil. Now this is a great start to the weekend.