Exceptional salad making is an art. An art I have yet to master, so I am in awe of one friend in particular who always shows up with a beautiful, but more importantly, delicious and satisfying salad.
I'm going to try and one-up him with this Avocado Wasabi Salad from Vegan Yum Yum.
Lolo admits that putting a salad recipe up on a site called "Vegan Yum Yum" is perhaps not the best way to make vegan sound sexy, but as a non-vegan, I'm incredibly excited about this option.
Wasabi is always sexy, just saying it sounds exotic. Although when it comes to cooking with wasabi, there was some discussion in the comments of Vegan Yum Yum about the best way -- powder vs. paste. Lolo admitted that the powder lacked some kick, and readers chimed in that powder can be traditionally weak, so go for the paste.
Also, don't forget to pre-plan for this salad with the avocados. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a ripe one on the day of, so check out your market before you start craving this spicy salad to make sure you have plenty of ripening time.
Other things to consider: Buy cooked chickpeas, or you're creating an extra step for yourself in prep. The dressing, greens, and additions all have separate steps and ingredients you may not have in your cabinet, meaning this is not a quick and easy recipe for the average cook, such as myself.
I usually throw greens together with one or two additions and call it a day, so this multi-layered, multi-instructional salad will be a much bigger effort. Which will certainly mean a much bigger payoff. Yes? I'm pairing it with something I can just throw on the grill so all of my efforts will go into the veg.
Proof that a salad is deserving of a post and a spot on Vegan Yum Yum: I sent the link to my husband and he said we absolutely have to make this tonight. If this salad revs a man-engine, you know it's going to be great.
Would you put this much effort into a salad?
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