This is my go to, daily, full of disease fighting, immune boosting, performance enhancing, present for your taste buds, bowl of plant based salad awesomeness. (All of this assumes you and I have the same taste buds…)

As a heads up, these are portions fit for the King of Plant Consumption. You may find it feeds your entire family…and your neighbor’s family.

Step 1: Grab a bowl. Put that bowl down and grab a bigger bowl. As in a big mixing bowl.

Step 2: Fill the bowl at least half full with delicious, fresh, mixed greens (remember, the kind that looks like you picked it from your unkept yard)

Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of black beans and 1/2 cup garbanzo beans on top of that healthy bed of greens

Step 4: Add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

Step 5: Add 1/4 cup chopped cashews

Step 6: Grab the following FRESH produce…and scrub all the dirt off them. Then grab that razor sharp, hair splitting, hand slicing, vegetable cutting knife out of your drawer and go to town on the following.

  • 15-20 cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1-2 large carrots, peeled and sliced/diced
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, sliced then quartered
  • 1 ea of Red and Yellow bell peppers (medium), sliced and diced
  • 1 avacado, chopped
  • 1/4 of a small to medium sized red onion, sliced

Step 7: Throw all that on top, then add some finely chopped cilantro.

Step 8: I always add chopped jalapeños to my salad, but I’m from New Mexico and I like my food SPICEY! If I don’t have fresh, I’ll add the pickled.

Step 9: Add high quality balsamic vinegar. Don’t add too much, you’re salad can’t swim so don’t drown it in dressing. Maybe 1-2 tablespoons.

Step 10: Add black powder and garlic salt. Up to you on how much.

Step 11: When I’m feeling crazy (always), I add some Sriracha hot sauce as well. I know, not the healthiest stuff out there…but I’m sure with all the other ingredients I get a pass on this one.

Step 12: Mix this all really well before eating. You’ll find all the beans and veggies like to fall to the bottom. Use your fork and scoop them back up to the top.

(Yes, I am intentionally skipping 13. Last time I wore number 13 in a race I wrecked. I now refuse to give it any acknowledgement)

Step 14: Consume. Then go climb a mountain. Or run a marathon. Or something else worthy of all the awesome nutrients now pumping through your body.

Step 15: Share this with all your friends