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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Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

So many new possibilities!

Sarah R.
Sarah Ramsay2 years ago

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!

Vikki Co
Victoria C.2 years ago

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!

Teresa Garcia
Teresa GarcĂ­a2 years ago

Yummy!. Thanks a lot!. :)

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Patricia H.
Patricia H.2 years ago

great post

Dale O.

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!