Mastering The Big Ass Salad

Monday, September 12, 2011

Once a week I hang out with several gals from church at the playground.  We let our kids play while we chat and eat food.  I like to bring a salad.
"Oh, that's nice" you say.
No, no.  You don't get it.
I like to bring a SALAD

That's right, foo'.  1600 cals, 130g fat, 100g protein, 20g carbs.  It's all I need in a day!
*blink* "Dude.  That's a big ass salad."
And I'm gonna teach you how to make one!

What you need:

6-9 cups lettuce (I love baby lettuce & spring greens)
Protein (my favorites include hard boiled eggs, tuna fish, bacon, grilled chicken breast, and shrimp)
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil for you who are culinary challenged)
an acid (not the fun kind that gets you high-- although you should get a natural high from what you're about to eat-- but something like apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and/or lemon or lime juice)
Optional:  avocado & nuts (macadamias, cashews, slivered almonds, all yum worthy)

Prepare your proteins.  If you want to include hardboiled eggs, you're probably going to want to take care of those the night before.  Cold egg shells are easier to peel than hot ones straight out of the pan.  If you're having shrimp, make sure you give it a good rinse and cook it in some bacon grease or coconut oil.

Drain your tuna fish, grill your chicken.  Really, whatever floats you boat.
Toss your warm protein in with the greens (I don't know about you, but the only proteins I can tolerate cold are hard boiled eggs & tuna).  Now is a good time to add your avocado slices and nuts if you wish.  Drizzle with generous serving of olive oil (more than you think you'll need.  Go on.  Don't be shy), and throw down your apple cider vinegar, lemon/lime juice, or balsamic vinegar (or all of the above.  Go crazy!)

A twist of fresh ground pepper is nice too.
Mix it all super well.  You want all your greens and protein coated with your homemade, basic dressing.
Now grab a fork.
Sit down.
Place big ass salad in front of you.  Assume the warrior psyche and slam your fists on the table with a Primal grunt and dive in! 

Don't hold back.  Unleash your inner, hungry Grok.

Kill it.  Get 'er done!

Feel full the rest of the day.

Smile and sigh contentedly, "Man, it rocks to be Primal!"

P.S.  You know you've mastered the Big Ass Salad if your fork does this:
Or if your 3yo does this:

Or this:


Amanda said...

You and your daughter make the best eating pics... Even when they include icky things like shrimps ;)

NICE Salad lady-friend!

Tina said...

haha Awesome!

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