Boring salads? Not on my watch.

Many people find themselves uninspired when constructing a salad and no wonder.  They usually throw some iceberg lettuce in a bowl, add some tomatoes and a cucumber and call it a salad.

Once you learn a framework for making a great salad, you’ll never find them boring again.   I eat my salad right out of the salad bowl because it’s big–and it’s meant to be. This is an eight-ingredient power-house meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied every time.

If you just want it as a side dish, it will feed four to six people.  Even though the ways to make this salad are infinite, you don’t have to memorize a huge list of ingredient list – just remember this little rhyme which includes the categories to include for the perfect, nutrient-dense power salad:

  • A green,
  • A grain,
  • A fat,
  • A fruit,
  • A color,
  • A crunch,
  • A bean,
  • A bunch.

The most important thing is to have fun experimenting with different ingredients that match the category.  You’re going to be a Power Salad Expert in no time!


  • 2 cups  (Green) Romaine, butter lettuce, kale,  frisee, chicory, endive, Boston lettuce, arugula, mesclun, oak leaf, purslane, or watercress
  • 1/4 c. (Grain) Cooked quinoa, elbow macaroni or other small pasta, wild rice, brown rice, polenta, or barley
  • 1/8 c. (Fat) Avocado, chopped raw nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts) chestnuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, pistachios, or seeds (pumpkin, sunflower,etc.)
  • 1/8 c. (Fruit) Diced apple, pear, sliced strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate arils, orange slices, Goji berries, cranberries, raisins, mango,  or pink grapefruit
  • 1/4 c. (Color) Purple cabbage, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes regular or heirloom, large or grape, red, yellow or green bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus, artichoke hearts, or corn
  • 1/4 c. (Crunch)Celery, jicama, fennel, green onion, red onion,  radish, watermelon radish,  sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, or  pepperoncini
  • 1/4 c. (Bean) garbanzos, kidney beans, black beans, navy beans, split peas, or lentils
  • 1/4 c. (Bunch) Parsley (regular or flat leaf), cilantro, basil, tarragon, dill,  mint, sage, thyme, chives, or marjoram


  1. Top with your favorite vinegar – balsamic, white balsamic, rice wine –and enjoy.  You don’t need to add oil because you’ve already added a fat and you don’t need to add spices, because you’ve got fresh herbs and the saltiness of the vinegar. Serves 1 hungry person.
  2. Eat and enjoy!

Enjoy The Perfect Power Salad Every Time, let us know what you think