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15 Jul

2 Minute Salad

Most readers here understand the concepts behind the Primal Blueprint, but some seem to be concerned about the amount of time it must take to prepare PB-style meals every day. Nothing could be further from the truth. My 4-egg breakfast or protein shake take but a few minutes. My evening lamb-chop or grass-fed porterhouse with steamed veggies is complete in under ten minutes. But my fastest meal is also my favorite (and probably healthiest). That, of course, is the “2-minute big-ass salad” I have every day. I’ll show you how easy it is to make in the following video. I’ve also done the analysis and it’s pretty impressive: 588 total calories. 37 grams of protein, 40 of fat and only 27 of carbs…and that’s probably my highest carb meal of the day!

Fitday Results

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Fit Day Results

I plan on trying to do more videos in the future. If you have anything you would like me to address in video format hit me up with a comment.

Further Reading:

Primal Breakfast Suggestions for People on the Go

Choose Your Own Salad Adventure

DIY – Butter, Yogurt, Kefir, Oh My!

Alternatives to Canned Soup

Homemade Condiment Creations

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. LOL Big ass salad

    Raphael S. wrote on August 20th, 2009
  2. Hi
    At longlast I have been looking for a site like this. I am a type 2 diabetic with food control. I have more books on diabetes and have not found one that works. I am waiting for your book to come but in the mean time I am on your site each day looking for salads to eat plus any thing else.

    I would like some deserts that I could eat and snacks I find breakfast the hard one to get the protein that I need.
    I only weigh a 100 lbs so I dont need to loose weigh.Keep up the great work.
    Thank you

    Joyce wrote on September 12th, 2009
  3. I just made a big ass salad before I saw your video. I think I’m on the right track. I’ve been grain free for a week and love it. I eat good and don’t consider this dieting, Thanks Mark, I’m feelin good. Dan.

    Dan Lange wrote on November 13th, 2009
  4. I make enough salad for a couple of days then take that to work so I am not washing and cutting vegies every day. Add tuna or chicken or egg and I never get bored.

    Robyn wrote on November 22nd, 2009
  5. One thing I dont understand about his dressing is the flax seed oil? Isn’t he radically opposed to grains and processed ingredients?

    nicolas wrote on November 27th, 2009
  6. I’ve been making big ass salads for 2 weeks, avoiding grains most of the time, and lost 8 lbs without trying. This is awesome.

    Eric wrote on January 12th, 2010
  7. What’s with the shoes?

    Houtten wrote on February 26th, 2010
  8. Yep, real men DO eat salad, and LOTS of it! I grow my greens in the summer in prodigous quantities and devour them at least a couple times a day. When I can’t grow them I buy them and do the same. Lots of good veggies (did I mention I LOVE my garden?), lean meat & fish, eggs, cheese, nuts, topped with balasmic dressing. I don’t avoid grain carbs but I limit them to once a day, and never in the morning or at noon. Sugar spikes, fatigue, insulin related blood sugar drops and the inevitable cravings, are gone from my life. Just over 2 months and 25 pounds lost, and there is no doubt that I’m on the right track. Energy levels, muscle tone, mental clarity, brighter eyes, better skin, and postive comments and looks from not just my wife but also from women when I’m out and about…it all adds up to a very powerful motivator to keep on doing what I’m doing and futher refining how I do it. Lots of time in the gym too, with cardio and resistanc training. The endorphin rush from a good workout is a reward in itself!

    Rick wrote on March 8th, 2010
  9. I haven’t read through all the comments so it may be up there, but what would you substitute instead of chicken for us vegetarians?

    Daylie wrote on April 12th, 2010
  10. i top salad with coconut flour crusted goat cheese fried in olive oil; maybe some strawberries and walnuts, then annie’s goddress dressing – oh yeah

    pam wrote on April 16th, 2010
  11. Thanks for sharing. What amazed me the most is you keeping everything ready into tupperwares. Never thought about such a time saving trick. Do you leave items out after washing to make them dry, before storing them? You keep a – dry? – towel on top of the salad greens to absorb moisture, don’t you?

    Elena wrote on April 27th, 2010
  12. Cheese, nuts, DIY croutons made with quinoa or amaranth meal; these thing will add great taste, texture and protien to the salad and are all vegetarian in nature. Omit the cheese and it’s even vegan.

    The secret to clean and healthy eating is planning and preparation. Tupperware makes some awesome containers for storing veggies in. We use ours for lettuce and other veggies. Whether from the garden or the market, when it’s in the house we prep things into bite-sized pieces and store it in the fridge so it’s ready to go. Salads, stir frys and quick snacks are convenient and ready to go when we want them.

    Rick wrote on May 18th, 2010
  13. Balsamic vinegar has a surprising number of carbs/sugar in it, and isn’t listed in the fitday info provided. It’s about 4-5 carbs per tbsp.

    And did someone seriously say that 4 oz of pasta has the same number of carbs as 4 oz of veggies??

    -Jess, big fan of big salads.

    Jess wrote on July 7th, 2010
  14. Hey Mark! I liked you in “Point Break” and “Under Siege”

    bobstoufus wrote on July 27th, 2010
  15. I thought snow peas were a legume and were not allowed?

    Evo wrote on August 21st, 2010
  16. This is a wonderful salad. Easy to make and healthy.

    buy l-arginine plus wrote on December 1st, 2010
  17. Wheres the video?

    Stacey wrote on December 23rd, 2010
  18. I know you from somewhere!! Oh yeah, P90X!!!

    Joydev wrote on January 20th, 2011

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