And I have to admit that, since the cleanse has ended, I've been doing a lot of junk food-binging and not a lot of salad-eating. It's time to fix that! Salad Samurai is loaded with hearty dinner salads, and it's organized by season. We're still in the throes of stupid winter, and the one thing that gets me through these cold, cold nights is seasonal produce. As much as I hate the cold, I do admit that I love the cold weather foods — sweet potatoes, hard squash, turnips, kale, etc. Terry's winter salad section has plenty of salads using those hearty veggies.
I picked the Seitan Steak Salad with Green Peppercorn Dressing for three reasons — seitan, sweet potatoes, and cashew ranch.
Homemade steamed seitan is sliced, marinated, and grilled (I used my indoor grill). The sweet potatoes are boiled until just tender and then they're grilled as well. There are tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and romaine.
But the thing that really tied it together (to steal a phrase from The Dude) was the green peppercorn dressing. Soaked cashews (okay, I didn't actually soak them because I have a Vitamix) are blended with spices, herbs, and green peppercorns in brine. This my first exposure to brine-packed peppercorns, and I was blown away. They're a bit like capers but spicier. And they add a twangy-spicy punch to this creamy nut-based ranch.
I'm definitely gonna try to make many more salads from Salad Samurai soon! And I hope to get Protein Ninja soon too!