Mexican Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado + Salad Samurai Cookbook Review & Giveaway

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If you’ve been reading my posts for a while or following me on instagram, you know how much I love to read. One of my favorite ways to relax is to settle in with the latest book on nutrition, food policy, natural beauty, and especially, cookbooks. I treat cookbooks as I do other books, which is to say that I pour over every page and imagine making each meal – how the flavors will pair together, how it will make my kitchen smell, how the food will make me feel. The thing is, I rarely actually cook from them, because it’s more of a mediation and source of inspiration for me.

I was in my neighborhood book store the other day, perusing the vegan and vegetarian section as I usually do, but it was a little crowded. So while I was waiting for the people around me to move along, I started listening to what they were saying about each book they picked up, and it was fascinating. Some were “too complicated” or required “too many ingredients”, but several people at one point or another picked up Terry Hope Romero’s latest cookbook, Salad Samurai, and spent a solid several minutes flipping through the pages, and all I could hear were “ooooooh”s and “ahhhhh”s and “that sounds so good”s. Having already received my review copy, I wanted to quietly tell them, “Good choice! That’s a really great one.” but instead I just smiled to myself.

Salad Samurai is one of the few cookbooks I will be cooking from and not just reading. Similar to Romero’s previous book, Veganomicon (co-authored with Isa Chandra Moscowitz, most recently of Isa Does It fame), you will want to make every single recipe. The ingredient combinations are interesting and new, but in a way that’s still somehow familiar and comforting. It’s perfect for summer, when the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or spend a lot of time fussing in the kitchen when you could be outside taking in the summer sunshine and warm breezes. And if you’ve ever found yourself in a salad rut, this is totally your book.

Mexican Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado (Vegan & Gluten-Free)
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I could eat a different corn salad every night (corn is the perfect hearty addition to summertime salads), but my obsession started here: a deluxe vegan esquites, the queen of creamy roasted corn salads. Unlike most corn salads, this is best eaten when the corn is still warm from roasting, so prep all of the veggies (and the dressing, but you knew that already!) first, so all that’s required is toasted hot corn for a mouthwatering treat.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 3-4
  • 1⁄2 cup unroasted cashews
  • 1⁄2 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or
  • coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons white (shiro) miso
  • 4 ears of corn, husks and corn silk removed
  • Olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup lightly packed, chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 scallions, green part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 green or red jalapeño pepper, roasted or fresh, seeded and minced
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 big red ripe tomato, cored
  • and diced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (preferably Mexican, such as ancho or chipotle)
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Make the dressing first! Soak the cashews in the hot water for 30 minutes, then pulse the cashews and soaking water in a blender until smooth. Add the remaining dressing ingredients, pulse until silky, then chill until ready to use.
  2. Preheat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Rub the ears of corn with olive oil and grill each ear until the kernels are lightly charred, turning the cobs occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer them from the pan to a cutting board and cool just enough to handle. Use a sharp knife with a thin blade to slice the corn kernels from the cob; for best results (and to prevent kernels from taking flight), slice a few rows off an ear, lay it flat on the cutting board, then slice off the remaining corn. Always keep one side of the ear flat on the cutting board.
  3. Transfer the corn to a big mixing bowl. Add the cilantro, scallions, and jalapeño. Drizzle on the dressing and toss to combine. Transfer the salad to serving dishes. Top each serving with diced avocado and tomato and sprinkle each serving with chili powder. Serve immediately with lime wedges for squeezing over the salad while the corn is still warm!

From Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photo by Vanessa Rees.

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Disclosure: I received Salad Samurai for free, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. says

    My favorite salad topping? Pureed Salsa. I love that spicy tomato sauce coating my greens. But I guess maybe that qualifies for favorite dressing? As I tend not to put any on if I use salsa.

  2. Kait says

    I WANT!!!

    Omgosh…fave toppings? Avocado (obvi). Nuts (especially peanuts if I’m sans-beau). Tofu feta. Noooomz.

  3. Laura says

    Nuts or anything with crunch!! I am not a fan of sweet toppings at all. Thanks for the giveaway Amanda!!!

  4. Katie says

    My favourite salad topping is Sriracha. Sriracha goes on everything!
    If that doesn’t count, it’s a tie between nooch or crumpled nori sheets – a deconstructed nori roll, if you will.

  5. Patti Dunaway says

    Blackberries, perfect peaches in the summertime, tahini, lime, pepitas, hemp seed dusted with smoked paprika, avocado….sometimes all on the same salad!

  6. Nirvana says

    My favorite salad toppings always have some crunch to them- nuts, seeds, roasted chickpeas, coconut “bacon” :)

  7. Allison says

    Sunflower seeds! I love at the end when there’s a couple seeds that I haven’t been able to pickup with my fork and I pick them up with my finger instead. A salad can be finger-licking good!

  8. says

    Hi Amanda! I am new to the blog but I’m already in love. You rock! And seriously, this salad will be made for my dinner tomorrow. I can see some spicy tofu added to this salad, or even a devilish dollop a tofutti sour cream. Dare I say I may eat this all by myself and not share? Cheers!

    • says

      Welcome, Sarah! Your idea to add spicy tofu and tofutti sour cream to this salad is a great one! And sharing is overrated sometimes.


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