A new year is upon us and it’s time to reflect over the past year and decide what worked for us and what didn’t. For a lot of people, it’s their diet. Fast foods, fun foods and fatty foods might make up your menu currently, but if one of your resolutions is to eat better, then perhaps more fresh and vibrant foods should be considered. You know what I’m talking about, a whole lot more fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens. I know, you’re probably rolling your eyes thinking, I don’t like salads. But, there’s a new book on the culinary block that will renew your love for all that is healthy.
Basically, if you don’t like salads, you need to stop making salads that suck! Such is the manifesto of author Terry Hope Romero, and I totally agree with her. Her book will get you excited and inspire you to create a new hearty and tasty vegan salad every day.
This recipe book is divided into two parts, Part 1: The Spin: The Salad Samurai Code is all about preparing your world to make awesome salads, with an easy plan to follow. Rock! This Salad Book shares how to use this book successfully. There are specific icons that will quickly tell you at a glance, what kind of salad you’re looking at, gluten-free, raw ready, and there are even suggestions for alternative ingredients.
Part 2: The Recipes is where all the magic begins. With 100 different meatless and dairy-free seasonal recipes, you’ll never tire of eating fresh ingredients. I happen to love salads, so it didn’t take much for me to open the book and ponder the tasty choices.
One of the biggest things my family complains about is the salad dressings. If they all taste the same, like most store-bought ones, then they lose their interest and desire to eat salads. Not only does the Salad Samurai offer ramped up fresh homemade dressing recipes, they also suggest an abundance of hearty toppings that can be whipped up quickly. The combinations are endless, so you won’t be tempted to return to unhealthy food choices.
To simplify the choices for us, the recipes have been branched into seasonal groups for obvious reasons. You’ll have options from the Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Sweet & Savory sections:
Deviled Kale Caesar Salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
Mermaid’s Picnic Salad with Seahorse Ranch Dressing
Backyard Buffalo Ranch Caesar Salad
Kimchi Black Rice with Asian Pear
Coconut Samosa Potato Salad
Beet Ball’n’Fries Salad
Sesame Noodles in the Dojo
Sweet & Savory:
Apples ‘n’ Quinoa Bowl a la mode
Guts ‘n’ Glory Granola
The book is filled with delicious and colorful images that will have you craving healthy, incredible edibles. We tried several of the Winter salad recipes and they were well received. The Backyard Buffalo Ranch Caesar Salad has wholesome and heartwarming ingredients that even our fussiest eater enjoyed. It offers salad greens infused with a dose of Red-hot Saucy Tofu; this medley of ingredients has become one of our favorites. I love, love, love chickpeas so the Smokehouse Chickpeas ‘n’ Greens salad resonated with me. It’s so full of cheerful colors and scrumptious flavors. The recipes are simple, easy to make, and loaded with nutrition, they can easily make a meal in themselves.
The Salad Samurai is a culinary keeper and I have no doubt it will be used throughout all the seasons. Mealtime is also memory time, creating delicious and nourishing dishes will bring back fond memories and leave a sentimental trail that we can always trace back. If you’re bored with the humdrum salads you’ve been making and what to shake things up dramatically, then I highly recommend you add some life to your meals with this awesome recipe book. What a great gift it would make this holiday season.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.