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August 01, 2007

The Daily Salad Finally Comes Out to Play

By Mark Sisson
27 Comments

Here’s my lunch today. The noon meal is my main meal every day and it’s almost always a big salad. I eat from a large mixing bowl to keep everything from spilling over (I’ve had this trusty bowl for years). A plate just won’t hold all this great stuff in. In fact, when visitors see my salad, they assume I’ve made enough for several people. Nope. All mine.

my daily salad

Today it was mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, red and yellow bell peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, snow peas, avocado, roasted pine nuts and a small portion of organic chicken breast. I dressed it (liberally) with a home-made concoction of virgin olive oil (I refuse to say “EVOO” on principle), balsamic vinegar, mustard and a dab of honey. It takes a whopping 3 minutes to make, because we keep all the ingredients in containers in the fridge, ready to go. I (or my wife) prep enough for several days’ worth of salads so that when lunchtime rolls around, we can literally grab a handful of this, a pinch of that, drizzle the dressing and dig in.

Note that other than the complex carbohydrates in the vegetables, this is essentially a no-carb meal. It’s satisfying – in fact, it’s my favorite meal – because there’s enough food to fill me up and the flavor is incredible every time. The boost of healthy fats and quality protein, along with all that fiber, keeps me full and energized for hours without driving insulin up.

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Crystal
Crystal
9 years 2 months ago

Mark-I like it. I would bet that most people throw away more vegetables than they eat. We have good intentions at the store and then we come home, hide the vegetables in the “produce drawers” only to throw it away in a few days. I like the idea of cutting up the veggies ahead of time. Maybe we should reorganize our refridgerators as well.

Donna
Donna
9 years 2 months ago

Mark, I agree W/Crystal- What A Great Salad!
Only recently i started drizzling almond oil on my salad because i never like dressings at all. So i’m now addicted to it!

Crystal-My fridge is so organized, i have a place for every fruit and veggie. No waste at my house, I eat’em daily. I eat more vegetables than anything else!

Oxybeles
Oxybeles
9 years 1 month ago

Hey, that is pretty much my dinner!

No a fan of peppers, except jalapeños, or pine nuts, though.

I prefer no to lug around too much extra-curricular mass to work, so my lunch has to be more spartan.

terry
terry
9 years 1 month ago

I love a good salad too. However that would be quite a tough task for taking to work. All those good greens, so healthy.

Sara
9 years 1 month ago
I make salads ahead of time (3 days at a time and don’t add in the dressing until you eat it). That way it’s ok for work (use the big tupperwares). Oxy, I am with you – love jalapenos! I love to add spicy stuff to my salads. Goes really well with grilled chicken. Crystal, I think you are right about the veggies being tossed. It’s funny (well, actually, it’s more just sad) that fridges are filled with preserved and processed foods and produce goes in the “special” drawers. Sorta like how Uncle Sam classifies produce as a “specialty” item.… Read more »
Scott Kustes
9 years 1 month ago

Nice salad Mark! Looks similar to mine. I too use a serving bowl and people marvel at a) the size and b) my ability to eat it all. A salad that size is likely to contain more vegetables than most people eat in 2 days.

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Ingrid
Ingrid
8 years 4 months ago

Mark….Doug K. would not approve of the mushrooms!
I don’t eat fungus anymore.

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Alex Shalman
7 years 11 months ago

Hey Mark.

I made this salad. I used all of the ingredients and added some jalapenos. I used raw portabello, and no chicken since I had a grilled breast earlier. I used the ingredients you specified for your dressing.

It was absolutely delicious and satisfying — thank you very much for this new staple in my diet.

Btw, this was my very first time eating marinated arthichoke hearts and they’re out of this world!

Mark Sisson
7 years 11 months ago

Alex –

I’m glad you like it! I know I do. I too like to throw in a few jalapenos every now and again. Easy way to spice things up. If you want to see me in action making this dish check this video post out:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/two-minute-salad/

Alex Shalman
7 years 11 months ago
@Mark I just watched the video. That refrigerator drawer is great, I’ll make sure my next house comes equipped! You did add a couple of different ingredients to the salad, and to the dressing as well. I guess you consume whatever is handy, which is great. I’m going to follow your lead and either make a salad so huge it can last me 2 days, or precut the ingredients separately the way you do – it’s an awesome idea. I officially dropped 11.5 lbs in 7 days (was actually 15 under on day 5), and I have a goal of… Read more »
CHOPPERGIRL
7 years 2 months ago
EPIC FAIL – a diabetic is not going to touch that with a ten foot pole. Cherry tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, snow peas, avocado, roasted pine nuts? No way in hell. Gross. Its too exotic, too weird, too yucky tasting, and we don’t know a thing about the vegtable section of the super market. We’ve drunk our lunch out of a soda can for years. I couldn’t even tell you what a pine nut was, or where to find one in a grocery store. You must start off with plain simple vegtables that can be eaten with no preperation at… Read more »
CHOPPERGIRL
7 years 2 months ago
Yeah, you push that plate in front of someone who’s been living off of Dr. Pepper, and they are going to push it back at you with a big ‘yuk!’. Diabetics can’t cook, not even a salad, nor could they stomach that… that’s why they are diabetics… they’ve been living off of conveinence foods, because our nationalized education system ripped them away from the farm and home where they use to learn those essential skills, and taught them a bunch of non-essential to survival junk like college prepatory English Literature and Calculus, and never Basic Nutrition and Cooking 101. It… Read more »
Alex Shalman
7 years 2 months ago

@Choppergirl – Because I didn’t see any smiley faces, or JK, and your tone definitely doesn’t reflect it, I cannot assume that you’re kidding, only that you’re an alien.

People are not as helpless as they seem, and much more capable than you’re giving them credit for. You just made diabetics seem like retarded livestock, which is not the case.

Plus, this salad is absolutely delicious, and I’m fairly sure that anyone’s tastebuds could enjoy it, and even a child can figure out how to make it.

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Debra
Debra
6 years 5 months ago

Choppergirl sounds just like my boyfriend, who is 42, and has a child’s palette. He doesn’t have diabetes yet, but he will someday. When we first got together, I didn’t want to make 2 meals everyday, so I ate like he did. I gained 40 pounds pretty quickly. I make 2 meals now. He likes the poison: soda, sugar & pasta. He also complains about the “chewiness” of real food:(

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Sally
Sally
5 years 4 months ago

Debra: treat boyfriend like an alcoholic. Tell him it’s you or garbage food. Otherwise, start taking nursing lessons, you will soon need to know how to administer intensive care to your man.

Jenica
Jenica
4 years 7 months ago
@Debra- I have been lurking on this website for weeks now and but I’m not much of a commenter- yours is the first post I saw that made me feel like I HAD to respond! I feel your pain about having a boyfriend who doesn’t share all of your healthy lifestyle goals, but come on. You make him a separate meal because at 42 he still won’t eat real food? Insane. Better to treat him as his childish behavior seems to warrant and wait for him to do what a child (or Grok) would do- when he gets hungry enough,… Read more »
Jo-Anne
Jo-Anne
4 years 6 months ago
@Debra I had a similar experience but I NEVER make two evening meals. I cook what I cook he eats it or he has to get it himself…..tough love I call it. I may add a starchy carb just for him but that’s as far as I go. If he wants his “extras” he has to go out and buy it because I deliberately shop without him and I won’t stock it. I do buy his bread and potatoes because they are not a problem for me. We each prepare our own breakfast and lunches or if he is busy… Read more »
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Mandy
Mandy
2 years 9 months ago

I can live on this food! 🙂

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