I hope you enjoyed Terry Hope Romero's Okra Masala I posted last month from Vegan Eats World. Today, it's all about the recipes in her latest book, Salad Samurai.
If you love salads like I do, you're going to love this book. if you're looking for some really different, delicious, and super-healthy salads to spice up your repertoire, this book is going to rock your world! I love, love, love this book! From the moment I read the subtitle: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-To-Make Salads You Don't Have To Be Vegan To Love, and then flipped to the introduction: A New Salad Manifesto (Or, Stop Making Salads That Suck) I knew I was going to have fun!
This really is a salad-making bible. There are all kinds of time-saving tips for how to make prep easier, resources for produce, spices, environmental packaging, and other staples. There's a great section on packing salads to go - layered-style, salad in a jar, or bento boxed; a great cheat sheet for pressing tofu, and equipment and ingredient glossary, and a icon set denoting gluten-free and raw recipes, notes (the spin), and "samurai stylings" suggestions for variations. This book is bursting with personality.
The recipe section opens with the all-important, multi-purpose, multi-layerable dressings! And boy, are they gooood! The ranch dressing is so versatile and delicious with tons of options to keep things interesting. It's also used as the base for the dressing in the Reubenesque Salad. I also enjoyed the Green Curry Dressing. But, there are so many delicious recipes. We made our way through them last week and were in taste-bud bliss!
After the dressings, Terry offers up some really simple side salads that are great staples, and then shares some great homemade salad toppings such as 5-Spice Tamari Almonds, Sriracha & Smoke Pecans, Roasted Hemp Seed Parmesan, Curried Cashew Pepita Crunch, Croutons, Lemongrass Tofu, Tempeh Bacon Bites, and Coconut Bacony Bits.
Then we dive into the salads.....oh....the salads! I seriously felt like a hack salad spinning through this book. Terry's flavors are so vibrant and punchy, and take you on a textural journey as well. The salads are broken up into seasons, and there really is something to satisfy every palate. I am continue to make my way through this book until I have made every gluten-free salad in the collection.
But, just to wet your appetite, here are some highlights: Grilled Kale Salad with Spicy Lentils, Asparagus Pad Thai Salad, Fresh Fig & Tempeh Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, Coconut Samosa Potato Salad, Grilled Miso Apples & Brussels Sprouts Salad, and Smokehouse Chickpeas 'n' Greens Salad.
But, the star for me was this Tempeh Reubenesque Salad. Oh, I have found my salad samurai! This salad is sooooooo amazing! It's like a gourmet sandwich in a bowl! You've got the the tempeh reuben loaded with sauerkraut and tangy dressing, and the sweet 'n' smoky tempeh pieces, with the tang of the apple, lemon, and cultured veggies. Oh My.....This is Terry's favorite salad in the book and I can see why! It is Out-Of-This-World Delicious and loaded with probiotics and protein. I could have just licked the salad dressing out of the blender container. It's creamy, savory, and sweet, like a Thousand Island dressing, and you can drizzle it over veggies or eat as a dip! This dressing is going to be a staple in our house now! Please don't miss making this salad! It's incredible. And run to get your copy of Salad Samurai!
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