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Simply Salads Cookbook Review

Saturday, September 05, 2009 Posted by Rita A


It has been very hot in my area for the last couple of weeks. Too hot to cook. We have been making a lot of salads to beat the heat. I recently received a wonderful cookbook: Simply Salads by Jennifer Chandler. This book is a delight. There are more than 100 delicious recipes. These are simple to make recipes using prepackaged greens and a few easy to find ingredients.

Jennifer Chandler has a lovely website called Cook With Jennifer. Jennifer has been in the food industry for the past 15 years. She has been a chef, market and restaurant owner and is currently a food writer. Simply Salads is her first cookbook.

I enjoyed browsing through the book while trying to decide on which salad creation to make. There is a photo for every recipe. Tantalizing delicious looking photos. The book is categorized by ingredient type. Greens, poultry, meat, seafood, fruit, etc. With each salad recipe is the suggested dressing. Many of the dressing recipes are on the same page as the salad. Great idea! It makes it convenient to make the salad and dressing without having to turn pages. There are so many wonderful salad ideas in this cookbook. Here is a sampling of the book recipes from Cook with Jennifer: Margarita Chicken Salad and Confetti Chip Salad. Looks delicious.

I chose 2 different salads to make. First I decided to try a slaw. I made Honey-Lime Corn Slaw. The ingredients included fresh ears of corn, packaged Cole slaw mix, red bell pepper, scallions and cilantro. Simple. What made it spectacular was the dressing. Honey-Lime vinaigrette. Yes it is as good as it sounds. Fresh lime juice, honey, extra-virgin olive oil with salt and pepper to taste. Easy to make. The flavor of the slaw is incredible. This will be a family favorite recipe. I was explaining how good it turned out to my mother and she has already requested I make it for our next family get together.

Next I made the Curried Rice and Chickpea Salad. This salad is a perfect side dish salad. Again simple ingredients, brown rice, chickpeas (garbanzos), shredded lettuce, red bell pepper and slivered toasted almonds. The dressing is fantastic. Orange juice, white wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and curry powder. Lots of flavor to this salad. I would serve this as an accompaniment to a meal.

You can purchase Simply Salads at Amazon.com or check with your local bookstore.

Simply Salads is a joy to look through. You can now create stunning gourmet salads to replace the plain boring green salads. You will never look at lettuce the same again.

Many thanks to Jennifer for providing my review copy.

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