Dana Slatkin

Summer Vegetable Ceviche

Summer Vegetable SevicheThere’s nothing like a summer breakup to make you feel all young again. Last week, a friend and I parted ways, and though I saw it coming for months, I wasn’t prepared for the teenager-like symptoms that hit me soon after: the moping, the zits, the loss of appetite. For the past few days, I just haven’t been myself.

So I got busy cooking. Luckily, I had a brand new cookbook on my counter, Nobu’s Vegetarian Cookbook. It was the perfect distraction, and I sat down and perused it cover to cover.

It’s a spectacular book, crammed with the celebrated chef Matsuhisa’s imaginative vegetable musings and glorious photos. Just as I was starting to get hungry again, I came across a recipe for vegetable ceviche. Turns out the refreshing, citrusy seafood standard adapts to just about any vegetable of your liking — hearts of palm, summer corn and tomatoes, blanched asparagus, jicama, avocado, you name it.

I’ve adapted Matsuhisa’s Asian-Peruvian recipe here, substituting some hard-to-find ingredients such as yuzu juice and aji amarillo (a Peruvian pepper) with orange juice and chile powder. Serve it in cocktail glasses or as a refreshing salad for a summer soirée. You can add black beans or chunks of seared tofu for protein, and the flavor-charged dressing perks up greens as well.

There’s one friendship I won’t be reaching for any time soon, but one cookbook I certainly will.

Disclaimer: I received Nobu’s Vegetarian Cookbook as a gift; however, no review was solicited. This post may contain affiliate links. All content is unsponsored, uncensored, and undeniably honest.

Salad BowlYou can still enter the Summer Cooking Contest for a chance to win one of these chic wooden serving bowls!

Photo credit: MexicanAuthenticRecipes.com

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