I have a very distinct memory of being in pre-school and coloring something blue and having the crayon ripped out of my hand by a boy yelling, “Blue is for booooys!” Ha ha, pre-schoolers, right? It’s a good thing we all grow up and discard crazy ideas like that.
Except that we don’t. Because what’s the ultimate test for a vegetarian recipe? Very often, it’s “would a man eat this?” I mean, duh, men eat steak! Vegetarian food is for ladies. If a man would eat a veggie burger, then you know it’s good.
This seems to be doubly true with salads. Why can’t a man like a salad? What makes salad a feminine food? Is the belief that men don’t eat salad any less ridiculous than that 4-year-old boy who wouldn’t let me color with a blue crayon? Salad is for everyone! Except people who hate salads! And salad haterism knows no gender!
I happen to be a reformed salad hater, but now that I like salads, I really like salads. I try to plan a salad dinner at least once a week, and sometimes more often now that it’s summer and I hate having big heavy dinners when it’s hot out. When I received a review copy of Terry Hope Romero’s Salad Samurai, I was pretty darn giddy because there are 100 salad recipes in this book — 100 salad recipes that are creative, easy, and substantive. These are not anemic little side salads!
I’ve made the Pepperoni Tempeh Pizza Salad and the Blueberry Tamari Greens Bowl, both of which knocked my socks off. (I mean, pizza salad. Need I say more? Pizza. Salad.) Then, because it’s summer and I can’t get enough peaches or corn, I made the Fiery Fruit & Quinoa Salad, which I’m sharing below. Corn, red onions, and peaches are grilled to perfection, then tossed with quinoa and a Chia Chipotle Dressing. Although the recipe says it serves 2, we got 4 decent-sized servings out of it when I made it.
Chia Chipotle Dressing
From Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014
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