Caveman Cuisine: Salsa Salad

As I sit here, typing about a recipe, I can't help but feel a little peeved, indignant even.  If you're wondering why (and even if you aren't) let me tell you.

(Warning: Tangent Alert!)

We've been sold a load of BS and it's time to stop swallowing it hook line and sinker.

Picture this common scenario.  As you push your cart through the average supermarket.  The average number of SKU's (stock keeping units) is about 40,000 and each is found in a separate aisle, category, and section.  Your soups are already made, canned, and ready to be conveniently reheated in the microwave.  The same can be said for "Ready in Minutes!" meats, vegetables, etc., etc., etc.

What do we get for this "convenience"?

First off, it ain't cheap.  Each middleman marks up the price, so the more processed a food is, the more steps the food has taken from the farm and it's whole, un-fooled-around with, state, the more you pay.

Second, you get a lot of extra crap that isn't doing your health any favors.  Packaged, canned, and otherwise processed foods are only profitable if they stay good for months, years even (this is why real food isn't "fungible").  This means tons of chemical preservatives and sketchy ingredients like BPA in the can-lining.

Third, we get instant gratification instead of the satisfaction of creativity and self-efficacy.  Figuring out how to make something taste good on your own is a skill.  It is a skill worth having.  No one can do it better than you once you figure out the basics of cooking.

Fourth, who the hell do these companies think they are telling me what and how I should eat?  Ignoring the blatantly false health claims for a moment, this is more a matter of personal liberty and personal freedom!  Forget cold cereal, orange juice, and a "Pop-tart" for breakfast, I'm going to eat me some roast beast instead!  Hungry?  I'd rather wait than eat a Snickers.  Awkward conversation?  How about I deal with it instead of cramming my face full of Twix!

Ok, I'm done now.

Speaking of convenience foods, who doesn't like eating (and saying) salsa?  I personally love salsa and personally don't think that you need chips to enjoy it.  Heck, why not put salsa on a salad?


1/2 head romaine lettuce (~2-3 cups) chopped
2 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp organic cultured sour cream
4-5 tbsp prepared salsa
1 medium carrot (shredded)
3 small radishes (sliced)
10 black olives (sliced)
1/2 Hass avocado (chunks)
3-4 thin slices of red onion


In a large bowl, layer lettuce, veggies, and avocado.  Top with sour cream, salsa, and roasted pumpkin seeds.
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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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