Salad Samurai review & giveaway

Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero

You may think I’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple of months but, in truth, I’ve been hiding out in my kitchen. Since late last year, it’s been a whirlwind of recipe development here at ADC headquarters, creating 135 brand new recipes for a soon-to-be cookbook, co-authored with the lovely Lisa. After many months of work, I’m happy to report the manuscript has been submitted, the recipes have been photographed, and I’m ready to get back to blogging.

Speaking of cookbooks, Terry Hope Romero’s newest book, Salad Samurai, has been a dream come true for salad lovers everywhere. In this book, Terry shares 100 salads that are, as the subtitle so aptly describes, “cutting-edge, ultra-hearty, easy-to-make salads you don’t have to be vegan to love.”

With my first flip through the book, each recipe description and accompanying photograph drew me in, and I spotted more than a few I wanted to make right away. Most days, I eat a big, hearty salad for dinner but I tend to get stuck in a routine, eating whatever vegetables are in my crisper that day—not too exciting, right? So, I was thrilled to see recipes that celebrate all kinds of ingredients and remind us that salads don’t have to suck. Clearly, Terry knows her veggies, as her vibrant, filling, meal-sized salad recipes could even rock the coldest days of winter. How could you not get excited about the thought of biting into coconut samosa potato salad or a mushroom, barley & brussels harvest bowl?

Beet Ball n Fries Salad from Salad Samurai | A Dash of Compassion

One of the first salads I made was the beet ball ‘n’ fries salad, an awesome take on the burger and fries of fast food. It is made up of hearty, brightly-coloured beet and lentil “meatballs,” baked fries (I used sweet potato) and burger-friendly toppings like tomatoes, red onion and pickles. It is just yum.

Strawberry Spinach Salad from Salad Samurai | A Dash of Compassion

Another salad I made reminded me of the best things of summer–namely, fresh berries. The strawberry spinach salad with orange poppy seed dressing showcases beautiful local strawberries, blueberries, red onion, pecans and baked tofu on a bed of fresh spinach. The sunny poppy seed dressing adds a fresh, zesty flavour and also doubles as a marinade for the chewy, baked tofu.

BKT Bowl from Salad Samurai | A Dash of Compassion

Finally, the BKT (bacon, kale, tomato) bowl, a big leafy bowl of tempeh bacon, kale, avocado and tomatoes bathed in a tangy vinaigrette, is full of all things I’ve been craving lately.

Lucky for you, there are some recipes from the book floating around the web:

Hopefully these will give you a taste of what’s available in the book.

But wait, there’s more! Thanks to the book’s publisher, Da Capo Press, I’m able to give away a copy of Salad Samurai to one lucky ADC reader! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US. Enter using the widget below. I’ll choose a random winner on Tuesday, September 9th. Good luck!
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34 Responses to “Salad Samurai review & giveaway”

  1. Katie — September 2, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    My favourite kind of salad is full of market fresh veggies, lightly dressed to let their amazing flavour shine through!

  2. Rachel R. — September 2, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    My favorite salad is potato salad! My new favorite is Oh She Glows Roasted Potato and Asparagus Lentil Salad – so yummy!

  3. Bethany — September 2, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

    I love salads of all kinds, but my favorite is probably the Roasted Fennel and Hazelnut salad from Veganomicon. It is just so delish!

  4. Josiane — September 2, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    I love pretty much all kinds of salads, but I have a soft spot for salads that are a complete meal in themselves. With an infinite number of possible variations, there’s no way to get tired of those!

  5. Andrea — September 2, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    I especially love salads with arugula, and a combination of hot, cooked and cold, raw ingredients.

  6. mona — September 2, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    I love cucumber salads

  7. sarah — September 2, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

    a plain ole spinach one!

  8. Amey — September 2, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I already have a copy, so I don’t need to win another one… I’ve already made so many recipes from it, but I haven’t made either of the first two you tried! Great to see more and get more ideas. I am generally a bit sad to see summer go and fall arrive – but the “autumn” section of salad recipes does have me a little antsy for some of those flavors and foods! And, by the way, huge congrats on your own (and Lisa’s) book writing achievments. How wonderful!!!

    • Nicole — September 3, 2014 @ 11:18 am

      Thank you, Amey! Now that I have a bit more time, I’m hoping to try out more recipes. I was so eager for it’s release. I LOVE salads… and even more now. I’m glad to know you’re enjoying the book too. :)

  9. Becca — September 2, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    I love quinoa and pasta salads

  10. Robin — September 3, 2014 @ 3:52 am

    I love all salads, and I especially love salads with grilled vegetables and hummus.

  11. Loulou — September 3, 2014 @ 4:58 am

    cucumber, tomato and onions with garden fresh basil

  12. Anna — September 3, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    Hard decision, either kale and carrot with a ginger-sesame dressing, or anything with lots of lemony garlic tahini dressing. :)

  13. Shakti — September 3, 2014 @ 7:43 am

    I really enjoy eating a creamy pasta salad! But I also like big salads with crunchy leafy greens, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar +a sprinkle of seeds on top :)

  14. I love any salad with balsamic vinaigrette. :)

  15. Natasha — September 3, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    My favorite kind of salad is one with a good, preferably very low fat dressing.

  16. nicole — September 3, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    Currently is romaine and parsley, sliced roasted beets,kalamata olives, roasted cauliflower, dark kidney beans, grated carrot and crumbled up marinated tofu if there is any left over topped with balsamic vinegar and hemp hearts.

  17. Stacy — September 3, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    I love the salad bar from Whole Foods. There is something about having all those options available that just makes my salad taste more amazing than when I make it at home!

  18. Stephanie — September 3, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    My favorite salade is one I get at a restaurant called EnVie in Halifax. They make the BEST kale cesar salad with coconut bacon on top!

  19. Mary — September 3, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    I’m loving all the salads with fresh grilled corn. My fave’s include avocado.

  20. summer plewes — September 3, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    I love a chicken ranch salad!!

  21. Mark V. — September 3, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    Im a big fan of taco salad

  22. lucy — September 3, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    I love quinoa salad

  23. Lois — September 4, 2014 @ 1:06 am

    I had a mixed greens topped with roasted veggies and a lemon dressing last night which I really enjoyed. Always looking for inspiration!

  24. Tina — September 4, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    quinoa salad with cuke, green peppers, cilantro, garlic, evoo, red wine vinegar. :)

  25. Joey — September 4, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

    My favorite salad is the quinoa caesar salad from Isa Does It!

  26. Sarah — September 5, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    Geez. Tough one! Although I’ve been loving shredded kale topped with hempseeds and Greek-style salad dressing. I eat three or four bowls at night. I crave it!

  27. Natalie — September 5, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

    My favorite is spinach with fruit (apples strawberries, blueberries or mandarin oranges), pecans and a tangerines or blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar.

  28. SA Collins — September 6, 2014 @ 9:08 am

    I am usually not a big fan of dressings so my favorite salad is one that can be eaten on its own. Thank you

  29. Carolsue — September 6, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

    My favorite kind of salad is spinach salad

  30. Hannah — September 7, 2014 @ 12:03 am

    Lisa’s kale salad :)

  31. Nikki Spigner — September 8, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    Right now, my favorite salad is a garlic tahini cabbage slaw with grated carrot, avocado, and walnuts.

  32. Jenny — September 8, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    Vegan Caesar Salad is my favorite

  33. Michelle — September 8, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

    Big veggie salad with spicy pecans and vingerette dressing.

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