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Create Fat-Burning Gourmet Salads in Minutes

Create Fat-Burning Gourmet Salads in Minutes

If you avoid salads at any cost, thinking they consist only of iceberg lettuce and a couple of slices of starchy tomato topped with some chemical and sugar-laden bottled dressing, you will be happy to learn that with minimal effort you can create salads that inspire health AND your taste buds.

These excellent salads can be gourmet meals in themselves.  I compiled the following list of possible salad ingredients to prevent boredom and for my new book 60 Seconds to Slim.  It is just the beginning.  The idea is to be creative and to use the list to help you get started.  Choose ingredients from each section to create a gourmet salad in minutes.


Salad bases (Choose one or more)

Beetroot (grated)

Boston lettuce

Brown rice (cooked)


Grated cabbage

Leaf lettuce

Mixed greens

Quinoa (cooked)


Romaine lettuce

Seaweed (such as arame, nori, or wakami)

Sprouts (such as alfalfa, mung bean, red clover)


Wild rice


Mix-ins (pick three or more)

Alfalfa sprouts

Apples (sliced or grated)


Bell peppers (red, green, or yellow)



Broccoli (finely chopped)

Broccoli sprouts

Carrots (julienned, roasted, or grated)


Celery root


Cucumber slices

Edible flowers (i.e. nasturtiums, violas, pansies)

Fenugreek sprouts

Grapefruit slices

Great Northern beans

Kidney beans

Lima beans

Mung bean sprouts

Mushrooms (raw or cooked)


Onion (minced)

Onion sprouts

Orange slices

Pea shoots

Peas (fresh)

Pinto beans

Pomegranate seeds



Red clover sprouts



Sweet potato (grated or roasted)


Zucchini (grated or roasted)


Toppings (pick one or more)

Almond slices

Carrots (grated)

Fresh basil (chopped)

Fresh cilantro (chopped)

Fresh mint (chopped)

Fresh parsley (chopped)

Hazelnuts (chopped)

Herbs (such as thyme, oregano, minced garlic)

Pine nuts

Pumpkin seeds

Sesame seeds

Sunflower seeds



Dressings (pick one)

Balsamic vinegar

Oil and lemon juice

Olive oil

Your favorite homemade dressing (I’ll be blogging more on how to make delicious homemade dressings soon)

Adapted from 60 Seconds to Slim by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.


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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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9:19PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

So many new possibilities!

6:36PM PDT on May 29, 2013

I make them up with whatever I have and topped with some feta or fresh buffalo mozerella and a little balsamic, quick dinner or lunch!

1:01PM PDT on May 28, 2013

Love salads and so much to add to them instead of the boring iceberg and tomatoes. Another one to add to fruit! Awesome with feta cheese as a topping! Thanks for the great article!

5:18PM PDT on May 26, 2013

Yummy!. Thanks a lot!. :)

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1:30AM PDT on May 23, 2013

great post

8:02PM PDT on May 22, 2013

I love to create salads at home but it always takes me more than a few minutes as I often ignore the food processor and chop many things by hand and then there is always something else to add to the the time I pick all the herbs off the balcony and do everything...I am starving! Long live the salad!

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