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Updated Apr 27, 2021

🥗 Salad Like a Pro

Salad Like a Pro

I eat a salad every.single.day for lunch. And I enjoy it every single time. Try my way. Find your way, you will enjoy it too.

Salad time

Dirties: 1 bowl, 1 fork. The cutting board and knife just need a quick rinse.

Get the bowl, the knife, and the cutting board. Take a few pre-prepped containers

Start with leafy greens. Not too many, the amount should be cute, not daunting.

There are many different leafy greens. They have different textures and flavors. Try a few, figure out which ones you like.

If after the salad you’re still feeling hungry, add more leafy greens next time. This is a hack, more chewing will trick your brain into reaching a satiety feeling without actually adding any calories.

Now chop some crunchy stuff. I like raw zucchini and peppers.

Crunchy stuff is all raw vegetables. Carrots, broccoli, etc. Find something you like to crunch on. Keep the crunchy stuff in a sealed container in the fridge. It’ll last for days as you work through it.

Add some chewy stuff. Examples: raw mushroom, boiled broccoli, boiled carrots, potatoes, beans (discussed separately later). Chewy stuff generally spoils faster. Sniff it before you throw it in the bowl.

The real star of the salad: protein.

Convenient options: ham (diced/sliced), fish can (tuna, mackerel, sardines, …), pre-sliced cold cuts. Tasty options: pre-prepped pulled pork or pulled chicken, or carnitas. Made to order options: hamburger, baked salmon, scrambled eggs.

Finally, the secret ingredient: slow carbs (beans).

A couple of spoonfuls of black beans are going to keep you full for hours. They are slow-burning fuel.

Thou shall not…

… add bread. Or any other processed carbohydrate. Also no other sources of sugar (for example, salad dressing).

Carbs and sugar are going to make you hungry 1 hour after the meal. Keep away.

Nuts and seeds are not as bad as bread, but avoid if you can. Same for potatoes.

Fruit is high in sugar, avoid.


Olive oil and a little salt are all you need if the vegetables and/or the protein are good.

For variety, you can try soy sauce, goat cheese, vinegar, sauerkraut, guacamole, …

Fat is not making you fat unless you pair it with sugars. Fatty dressings are great.


The following produces 7-10 lunches for about $30:


Leafy greens:

Crunchy things:

Chewy things:

Beans (canned):


Convenient protein:

Warm meal proteins (quick and easy prep):

Big batch, microwave warmup proteins:

Weekly prep

About once a week, I do the following prep:

Monthly prep

About once a month I prepare a big batch of slow-cooked meat. I freeze it and eat it over time. Happy to share recipes separately.