As a huge fan of anything by Terry Hope Romero, I could not wait until the release of her new cookbook Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don’t Have To Be Vegan To Love. Her previous two cookbooks Vegan Eats World and Viva Vegan are two of my very favourite cookbooks to browse through for inspiration. I love her flavour combinations! They are always so creative and the recipes so flavourful.
In Salad Samurai, Terry presents 100 hearty and easy-to-make salad recipes that focus on wholesome, seasonal ingredients inspired by flavours from around-the-world. In the book’s introduction, Terry states “The only thing that we (as in all vegans, vegetarians and even omnivores in favour of meatless meals) must do is rescue salads from their sucktastic reputation as wimpy fare.” And this is exactly what she accomplishes in her new cookbook. She presents such well-thought-out salad recipes that could win over vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike! These unique and creative salads are far from wimpy fare!
Terry not only presents delicious, hearty salads in this book, she also arms the at-home-chef with an arsenal of delicious homemade dressings & vinaigrettes and creative salad toppings. For instance, I cannot wait to try the Curried Cashew Pepita Crunch topper for my next salad. And the Roasted Hemp Seed Parmesan! The Creamy Maple Mustard Dressing sounds incredible, as does the Green Curry Dressing, the Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing and the Carrot Chia Ginger Dressing. Yum!
Throughout the book, Terry includes features such as “The Spin” which contains helpful hints for preparing the recipes and “Samurai Stylings” which give suggestions for fun variations of the recipes in her book. She also highlights recipes that are perfect for those following a gluten-free and/or raw diet. The recipes are accessible to everyday at-home cooks. The book is separated into chapters including: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Sweet & Savoury. The layout of the book is really fun and easy to navigate. And as with all of Terry’s previous books, the writing is playful and with a good dose of humour.
I have already tried a number of recipes from this cookbook including this Asparagus Pad Thai Salad and the Coconut Samosa Potato Salad. Both were easy to make and had great flavour! Both salads will now be in our regular dinner rotation. Other recipes I cannot wait to try:
- Gingery Beets & Lentils with Tahini & Agave Nectar
- Couscous Salad with Preserved Lemons & Olives
- Herbed Pea Ricotta, Tomatos and Basil
- Mexican Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado
- Blueberry Tamari Greens Bowls
- Pesto Cauliflower & Potato Salad
- Almond Falafel Crunch Bowl
- Backyard Buffalo Ranch Caesar Salad
How amazing do those recipes sound!? Even though salads can be enjoyed year round (as demonstrated in the book), I am really looking forward to trying out many more recipes from Salad Samurai over the summer. Salads are the perfect meal on lazy, hot summer days. I’m thinking picnics, BBQs, and late dinners on the patio. What I love most about this book is that unique, but accessible ingredients are used to make salads really interesting. Terry takes flavours from across-the-globe to inspire her recipes and it really works.
Source: Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero (reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Salad Samurai from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you to Da Capo Lifelong for sending me this fantastic cookbook to review. It was an absolute pleasure!
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