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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (June 17 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738214876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738214870
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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VegNews “15 Most Anticipated Vegan Cookbooks of 2014,” March 2014

A Portland Oregonian Top 5 Vegan Cookbook of 2014, 3/3/14
“From one of the most popular vegan cookbook authors of our time comes a collection of perfectly tuned recipes that’s long overdue…[and that] you don’t have to be vegan to love.”, 5/27/14
“It's packed with seasonal main-course salad recipes bursting with veggies, plant protein, flavor and color…There are salads for every season.”

Philadelphia Tribune, 6/13/14
“Romero is back with another cookbook and ready to help those with a plant-based diet clear their next cooking hurdle: entrée salads…She debunks the myth that salads are only an appetizer, using whole food ingredients and plant-based proteins that will appeal to vegans and non-vegans in equal measure…The 100 recipes in Salad Samurai are a great resource for anyone who wants to move to a more sustainable and healthy diet.”, 6/12/14
“A compilation of 100 whole-meal salads for every season that are hearty enough to sate even the barbecue-loving crowd.”, 6/20/14
“Explains how to create a satisfying salad packed with hearty, plant-based proteins, robust spices, whole grains, and ripe toppings no matter the season. Give your pots and pans a break and take advantage of summer’s bountiful crops to make these healthy, filling meals.”

Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 6/18/14
“Few of us have discovered as many ways as Romero of transforming salads from side dish to entrée.”

The Advocate, 7/7/14
“Debunks the myth that salads are only the warm-up act with 100 hearty salad recipes that just happen to be vegan.”, 7/9/14
“A must for dedicated vegans, a good way to ease into salads for even the most stubborn meat lover, and a great resource for anyone who wants to move to a more sustainable, healthy diet.”, 7/11/14
“If you’re into vegetarian or vegan food, or a foodie who loves awesome cookbooks and recipes presented with fun and flair, then you know the name Terry Hope Romero…This woman embodies just about everything that’s right with vegan cooking.”

Asbury Park Press, 6/39/14
“These are big, hearty entrée salads that will leave eaters feeling a good kind of full.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 7/2/14
“Terry Hope Romero has carved a name as a go-to for vegan recipes that you actually want to eat…Even the heartiest meat eaters may be tempted by the flavor-filled options in Romero's latest cookbook.”

Hudson Valley News, “Local Reader” column, 6/25/14
“Find basic favorites and a hundred other salads to tempt the summer palate and make you forget about meat.”

Bookviews blog, July 2014
“Did your mom tell you to eat your vegetables? Sure she did and now you can enjoy them…This book will have you eager to sample a world of salads you never knew existed.”

The Sweet Life, 7/1/14
“A stunning book…Filled with 100 hearty salads, a large variety of dressings, ‘seriously hearty’ toppings, and even a chapter on sweet breakfast salads, this book covers everything you need to know…In this book you will find some of the most ingenious salads ever.”, 6/28/14
“There are a few reasons why I love Terry Romero’s cookbooks: engaging text, downright delicious recipes, and the fact that you don’t even have to be vegan to enjoy what she makes…There is fun for everyone.”

Entertainment Realm, 6/2/14
“[Romero] divides it by season making it super easy to pick what’s fresh and available…Yummy, creative salads…Gorgeous pictures, excellent tips and simple instructions included…There’s lots of vegan deliciousness in these pages.”

Portland Press Herald, 7/12/14
“Romero is a rock star of vegan cooking…In this book, she shakes up the staid world of salad with her cheeky writing and seasonally arranged salads.”

Washington Post, 7/23/14
“For salad inspiration, I can think of few sources better than the new cookbook Salad Samurai…Romero brings her fun-loving sensibility and unerring palate to the table. Her recipes, with their brilliant combinations, span the seasons.”, 7/24/14
“Its accessible main course salad recipes are anything but boring, with unexpected flavor combinations that make me wonder—hey, why didn't I think of that?”

Sexy Vegan, 7/22/14
“One of the many great things about this book is that there are chapters with just dressings, and just toppings, that you can use in countless other non-salad related situations…The book is enjoyable to read, with lots of informational material before you even get to the recipes.”

Portland Oregonian, 8/7/14
“[A] collection of hearty entrée salads, featuring flavorful greens, an array of inventive toppings, and delicious, from-scratch dressings. While the recipes are all vegan, there’s plenty here for non-vegans to love, especially if they’re trying to incorporate more vegetables into their diet for health or sustainability. People with big appetites will love the generous portions, which can often be stretched into the next day’s lunch. And Romero includes ‘Samurai Stylings’ with many of her recipes, offering suggestions for substitutions that will keep things from becoming routine…Romero has a great voice, and her enthusiastic headnotes draw readers into the recipes.”

Hudson Valley News, 7/30/14
“A perfect gift book for the foodie on your list.”

Huffington Post, 8/25/14
“Romero rounds up a big world of fusion and flavors for 100 cutting-edge salads…Salad Samurai recipes are bold, but totally doable. Romero gives you the recipes as well as their individual components from spirited dressings to crunchy, cool toppings, so you can mix, match and tap into your own inner salad samurai.”, 8/25/14
“Hearty (and vegan) salads [that] go way beyond rabbit food.”

San Francisco Book Review, 8/20/14
“If you’re ready to take your salads to the next level, Terry Hope Romero offers all kinds of ideas in Salad Samurai…Along with a plethora of amazing and tempting recipes, Romero has also included a generous helping of the lively wit that her readers adore. Anyone familiar with her past cookbooks won’t be surprised to learn that every recipe in Salad Samurai is vegan, but don’t let that scare you away; there’s a recipe in this book for everyone.”

Deseret News, 9/3/14
“Folks who have grown up on the salad as a side dish…may greet the recipes in Terry Hope Romero's Salad Samurai with something akin to wonder…Her creative salads are absolutely beautiful. But they are also filling and full of surprise, offering tastes that pop…Every salad is also fast and simple to prepare…This cookbook is bound to be a favorite.”

The Veracious Vegan, 9/3/14
“For just $12 on Amazon, I'd challenge you to find a nicer recipe book.”, 9/11/14
“The more than one hundred entrée salads that Romero shares in her new cookbook, Salad Samurai, span the seasons and prove that salads can be exciting.”

LA Weekly, 9/15/14
“Includes 100 recipes…that prove that salads are a lot more than what you have to eat before the real meal comes.”

Curled Up With a Good Book, 9/20/14
“This colorful coffee table or kitchen counter style guide allows you to conquer the salad doldrums, experiment, and turn your palate back on to the salad station…In addition to offering salad dressing concoctions amazing in their variety, Romero has deftly divided her salad selections by season, which will help the truly dedicated farmer’s market shopper…The book is graphically sharp and stylish; you will enjoy showing it off to your salad-loving guests…Salad Samurai was designed with veg devotees in mind, but it will be no surprise if it garners new converts to tofu and tarragon.”

Midwest Book Review, July 2014
“Salad Samurai will prove to be an invaluable, ‘kitchen cook friendly’ addition to all personal, family, and community library cookbook collections…Beautifully illustrated throughout…Especially recommended for parents of children reluctant to eat a salad and for anyone trying to establish healthy eating habits.”

Inside Toronto, 9/30/14
“Shows you there is more to a salad than romaine lettuce and some tomatoes…Offers dishes perfect for spring, summer, fall and winter.”

T.O.F.U. Magazine, 10/10/14
“Approachable, simple, and delicious, Salad Samurai is an instant classic, and a necessary element to the Punk-at-Heart Kitchen.”

Portland Book Review, 10/23/14
Salad Samurai will make a salad lover out of even the pickiest eater…[An] incredible resource…Although this book is focused on the vegan eater, anyone will find something to love.”

San Francisco Book Review, 11/10/14
“An amazing book.”

Vegan Outreach, 11/19/14

Portland Press Herald, 1/14/15
“Romero offers salads for every season, including inventive winter options when typical salad ingredients are scarce, and if you are on the lookout for new ways to prepare tempeh and tofu, the first chapter is great.”

Vegetarian Journal, March 2015
“Creative salad offerings…Color photos and helpful tips can be found throughout this book.”, 12/10/14
“With designations for gluten-free and raw-ready options and recipes that are work-friendly, weeknight-ready, high-protein, and loaded with superfoods, Terry shows us the way of the salad: killer dishes that are satisfying, healthy, and scrumptious.”

Compassionate Action for Animals, 7/29/14
“Flavor, texture, and visual appeal meld in delicious dishes…Romero hits a home run with her newest cookbook, which offers a hundred recipes that can be mixed and matched to make countless meals that will make even the most reluctant a fan of salads…Romero is an expert with flavor and technique, but she shows restraint with her gourmet prowess and provides recipes that even novices in the kitchen can execute…Will satisfy your taste buds and fill your tummy.”

Nashua Telegraph, 9/24/15
“Contains recipes like a seitan-bacon wedge salad of architectural and savory stature. Another with nicely woven tastes is an herb salad with arugula, dill strawberries, radishes and snap peas topped with orange tempeh nibbles.”

Experience Life, June 2016
“Full of recipes for sumptuous entrée salads with amazing garnishes, Salad Samurai inspires produce-powered meals to please vegans and carnivores alike.”

About the Author

Terry Hope Romero is the author of several bestselling and award-winning cookbooks. In 2011 she was named Favorite Cookbook Author by VegNews. She lives, cooks, and eats in Queens, NYC.


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I enjoy a salad for lunch most days and occasionally for dinner, so I ordered a copy of this book to help mix-up the salad routine.
Tried out a few of the recipes and I'm loving them so far. I'm not a vegan or a vegetarian, but the author encourages mixing and matching the salad toppings and dressings so I can always throw on some leftover chicken or use a piece of turkey bacon in place of the coconut bacon suggested.

Recipes I tried and loved:
Mexican Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado: Made it with zero changes and it was delicious. Love the creamy, tangy cashew dressing and all the components add a layer of interesting flavor.

Backyard Buffalo Ranch Caesar Salad: Followed the recipe to the letter and it was also quite tasty. The recipes that call for tofu require you to press the tofu which can add extra time. I found pressed tofu at my local grocery store so it cut down on prep.

Back at the ranch dressing: I've made this as written (very tasty, creamy with a bit of tang) and I've also de-veganized it by making it with a mixture of plain greek yogurt and a splash of milk to replace the cashews. The cashews require soaking, so to save on time (and cut the calories for that particular batch) I found that yogurt also works great with the recipe.

Lentils for salads: super basic but really tasty.

There's so many more salads bookmarked, can't wait to keep cooking my way through them

The recipes take around 30 - 40 min from start to finish, but you can prep many components ahead of time and use them over the week or just throw them onto a more basic salad.

I recommend to anyone who is a bit bored with their salads or veggie options and wants to incorporate more veggies into their menu rotations.
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I love this book. It's beautiful, full of great pictures, and so many mouthwatering recipes. Going through my first pass I tagged about 80% of the recipes as "gotta make this first." So far I've made the Backyard BBQ Salad subbing in the '70s Tofu for a spice-averse dining companion. That means I've made three recipes in one (the salad, the dressing, the tofu) and they are all winners. My mom, who tends to not like my "weird" vegan cooking gushed over it, saying that one recipe was worth the price of the book alone. If you're a salad lover, and even if not, go get this book!
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This is a fantastic collection of salad recipes. I've long been looking for a salad book with vegan options since I am lactose intolerant and vegetarian, so the best menu options for me are usually vegan. Most of the recipes in this book are meal-sized recipes, often hearty enough to keep you full through the day without feeling bored at the idea of having filled up on vegetables. The recipes are arranged by season, so you'll know what vegetables and flavours you can expect to find in season and this is especially helpful for making budget friendly salads that don't skimp on taste or freshness. My summer favourites so far include the asparagus pad thai salad, couscous with snap peas and za'atar dressing, BKT, Mexican Roasted Corn salad with Avocado (seriously amazing). There is a plethora of flavours in this book and that's something I truly appreciate, especially in a salad cookbook. I don't want to eat the same salad dressed up 5 different ways. This book really does offer more unique salad recipes in one tome than any other comparable book I've come across to date.
Although I praise this collection of recipes to no end, I admit this isn't a cookbook for everyone. Many of the recipes have recipes within them, take longer than the estimated time because preparation usually involves making something else in advance (usually a dressing, a topping, or grilling/baking an ingredient, etc.) If you're looking for a cookbook to make fast weekday lunches every day, this is not it. Prepping certain ingredients in advance greatly speeds up the salad prep process, but these are not salads I want to prep from start to finish when I come home from a long day at school and work. Believe me, I would if I had the energy, all of the recipes I've tried are fantastic, but that just isn't happening.
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I love salads. I usually eat big green vegetable salads everyday, so I was super excited when I heard about this book. I have to say when I got it I was a little disappointed – not in the book itself because I think it’s a really great recipe book. But mainly because in my opinion, these aren’t “salad” recipes per se, they’re more specifically meals in a bowl… ex. pad thai salad, tempeh pizza salad, seitan steak salad. Which again is not a criticism of the recipes because they look amazing and I do intend to try them. It’s just I think I was expecting simpler type salad recipes I could throw together quickly for a lunch the next day. Most of these recipes require a fair number of ingredients, a lot of prep work and most have recipes within recipes. She does offer some tips on how you can prep some things beforehand, or use some dressings and salad toppings interchangeably within recipes, but this also requires a fair bit of planning on your part.

So while my expectations of the book were different, the more I’ve looked through it, it has grown on me significantly. I have tried two of the recipes and they turned out really well, really great flavor combination, and I love the uniqueness of these dishes. I look forward to trying out the rest of the book. I do wish each recipe had a picture, but the ones that do are beautiful and the book is well organized and easy to follow.
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