If you talk to anyone about the paleo diet, you’ll quickly notice that everyone has a different set of rules that they follow, based on what they consider “paleo”. I call these, “varying degrees of devotion”. 

A strictly Paleolithic diet doesn’t allow for the use of anything that was created by modern (or semi-modern) man. Things like processed oils, salt – which can be mined or dried out from salt water – sugar, even peanuts and corn, were all introduced to the human diet after the paleolithic era. 

However, if you look at most recipes, either online or in paleo cookbooks, you’ll find some of these items included.

Take for example, this recipe from paleodietlifestyle.com.


Raspberry Spinach Salad:


  • 3 tbsps olive oil;
  • 2 tbsps raspberry vinegar;
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries, crushed to a puree;
  • 8 cups baby spinach;
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries;
  • 4 tbsps walnuts, crushed;
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped;
  • 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste



Looks and sounds amazing (and I will be making it today for lunch), but in the strictest of terms, it’s not “paleo” thanks to the salt and olive oil. But it is healthy and a great mix of heart healthy fats, proteins and energy supplying carbs, so unless you’re a paleo purist, I say bend the rules a little and enjoy!