Review: Mandy’s Gourmet Salads

Review: Mandy's Gourmet Salads

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Mandy’s Gourmet Salads is a recipe book that contains more than just recipes for amazing salads. This stunning cookbook has so many favourites from the authors’ famous Montréal cafés,  Mandy’s, and a little backstory on how they came to be. It is a must-have book for anyone who enjoys a hearty salad and fans of their legendary cafés.

Review: Mandy’s Gourmet SaladsTitle: Mandy's Gourmet Salads: Recipes for Lettuce and Life
Author: Mandy Wolfe, Rebecca Wolfe, Meredith Erickson
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the sisters behind Montreal's sensational gourmet salads comes an overwhelmingly gorgeous cookbook, packed with simple and delicious recipes for salads--and much more!

There's nothing a Mandy's salad can't fix. Want an explosion of colour, texture, flavour and fabulousness? Look no further. Inside the pages of this stunning cookbook (and the Mandy's restaurants it's named after) lies everything you need to take your salad game from a meh-maybe, to wooooah, baby!!

Mandy's gourmet salads are a jewel of Montreal's (jam-packed) food scene. What started as a 3ft counter at the back of Mimi & Coco clothing store is now an 8 location success story, with ongoing expansion in every direction. Behind Mandy's are the irresistable Wolfe sisters, Mandy and Rebecca. Mandy is in charge of menu inspiration and creation; Rebecca leads the design of all their restaurant locations. More is more is the mantra for both: more colour, more texture, more vibrancy, more life!

In Mandy's Gourmet Salads, Mandy and Rebecca talk you through how to create their coveted salads at home, including easy prep steps for essential ingredients, how to mix their famous dressings, and how to combine flavours and textures to create a salad masterpiece. Also inside are recipes for Mandy's nutritious, filling and fantastic grain bowls (for those who want a bit more sustenance) as well as chapters dedicated to smoothies and sweets (sharing Mandy's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe for the first time...). Perfectly timed for fresh summer living, Mandy's Gourmet Salads is a feast, for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Mandy’s Gourmet Salads

One thing that I am missing right now is a trip to Mandy’s in Montréal. There is something to be said for a healthy fast food option, and although making a gourmet salad takes quite a bit of effort sometimes, this book has come at perfect time. The ingredients are easy to source and the instructions are super simple.

The contents are as follows:

  • Smoothies
  • Salads
  • Dressings
  • Grain Bowls
  • Sweets

❀ Whimsical and Straightforward

I have bookmarked almost everything in this cookbook and have a hardcover copy already on order. The images are very whimsical, which is reflective of the Mandy’s aesthetic, full of colour and fun. Also, the layout is very clear and straightforward, which makes deciding on a recipe to make a little bit easier. I made the Mexi Salad, which has a perfect combo of veggies and crunchy tortillas.

Mandy's Gourmet Salads

Mexi Salad

❀ Perfect recipe book for a collection

Mandy’s Gourmet Salads is a recipe book to add to your collection if you are craving a Mandy’s salad or enjoy creating your own gourmet salad bowls. The salads are original takes on many classics and is perfect for anyone looking to improve their salad game. Admittedly, the chocolate chip cookie recipe is next on my to-make list.

About Mandy Wolfe

MANDY WOLFE is one of the founders and creative minds behind Mandy’s. She is the company’s creative food director and head chef. With her sister Rebecca, she founded the charity The Welcome Collective, an organization that welcomes asylum seekers to Canada. She lives in Little Burgundy, Montreal, with her husband and four kids.

About Rebecca Wolfe

REBECCA WOLFE is one of the founders and creative minds behind Mandy’s. She works as the brand manager and designs each of the restaurant locations. Together with her sister Mandy, she founded the charity The Welcome Collective, an organization that welcomes asylum seekers to Canada. She lives in Westmount, Montreal, with her husband and three children.


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29 thoughts on “Review: Mandy’s Gourmet Salads

  1. Dorothy Boucher says:

    I love a good salad and I love the way the present this Mexican salad, so yummy!!

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