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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 fitday.com 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. Using my iPad I don’t see any video here, only a blank space where a video should have been.

    Mîrko wrote on November 20th, 2012
  2. thanks for idea’s, I’ve been using our left over turkey on my big ass salad, taste great! lemon flavored olive oil for some extra flavor

    Allen Hilton wrote on December 5th, 2012
  3. Hi,

    Your kitchen is as big as my house!

    Oh, by the way, the sound on the video is very bad. I found it impossible to catch some of what you said!

    Keep up the great work!

    Pip Power wrote on February 19th, 2013
  4. I guess I have the wrong concept of this way of eating. I was thinking high protein with fat and then some veggies and a few fruit. ….. Kind of like the Adkins… Looked good though. :)

    Nancy wrote on June 6th, 2013
  5. It’s WAY time for an updated big ass salad! What’s in it now? Raw cheese and sliced macadamias? Interested to find out.

    ashley wrote on July 27th, 2013
  6. I have to admit that this is one of the easiest Primal strategies to implement and with enough “bits & pieces” I’ve discovered a love for salad!! I used EVOO and Balsamic vinegar and that’s far more satisfying than most bottled soybean based oils.

    Something else I’ve found that really works is a titanium spork! It’s made by a camping supply company and the tines are actually long enough to stab even baby carrots and big chunks of leafy greens and yet the spoon portion is big enough to scoop up those slivered almonds, small bits of shrimp/chicken, nuts/seeds, etc.. that tend to congregate at the bottom of the bowl.

    Now I just need to find that special salad bowl. There’s something about having dedicated tools that motivates me to do something. Maybe it’s a guy thing?

    Chris wrote on December 3rd, 2013
  7. Mark, I have just come across your blog and I am delighted that so many of the fitness and nutrition principles I already strive to practice and integrate with my lifestyle are here! Really, it’s like I’ve been working at fitting these pieces together for so long, and here’s someone who has already done so . . . and presents everything clearly.

    That said, PLEASE consider changing your habit of “multitasking” while you eat. Although it may be an efficient use of your time, I think it is very important to relish in the experience of food. Americans, in particular, seem to regard eating as a chore and I think the cultural attitude translates into some very unhealthy behaviors.

    It might be a bit extreme, but check this out:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/dining/mindful-eating-as-food-for-thought.html?pagewanted=all

    Greg wrote on January 30th, 2014
  8. Just a mathematical interpretation here =).
    What’s NOT accounted for in the TIME is the prep time to cut and dice all these ingredients. Looks fantastic, but it takes more than 2 minutes when totally calculated. Thanks for the recipe though.

    Anoah wrote on March 11th, 2014
  9. “Big ass salad” LOL Love it

    Melissa wrote on April 9th, 2014
  10. A great way to take a salad lunch to-go is to use a big mason jar with a lid. Put all your veggies in first, next the meat and pour the dressing over that. Then put the salad greens on top last. Keep it upright and then when you go to pour it in your bowl at lunch all of the dressing will be on top!

    Aileen Koler wrote on June 30th, 2014

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