Friday, August 17, 2012

French Fridays with Dorie ~ Cafe-Style Grated Carrot Salad

Cafe~Style Grated Carrot Salad

This weeks French Friday pick is an old standby for me. I have been making carrot salad since my kids were teenagers. It has always been a favorite, that I would make most weeks during the summer. It's great with barbecued burgers or chicken. Dories' salad is much the same as mine, with the exception of adding a ½ cup of crushed pineapple.  My dressing was different, too!  It consists of mayonnaise, pineapple juice, vinegar and powdered mustard.
When I started this salad, I knew it was going to be well received, even with a different dressing! Dories' dressing calls for Dijon mustard, honey, cider vinegar and oil. When I read the ingredients, I wasn’t quite sure about the addition of mustard and the omission of mayo.  I kept thinking... I could just do my old standby…who would know? Well, the answer to that question is me…I would know! The whole reason we do this is to expand our cooking horizons so, I plunged ahead with Dories' dressing.
This salad consists of grated carrots. I used my food processor…quick and easy! Then I added the raisins, walnuts and mixed in the dressing…again quick and easy…ready to serve!
The salad was delicious, and fresh tasting.  The dressing was light and quite good. The flavors just melded together wonderfully.  We enjoyed it, however the picky eater in our twosome preferred my original salad. He missed the pineapple!  Happy Friday everyone!!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans’ cookbook "Around My French Table" or you can find it
here at Bon Appetit where it has been posted. To see what other people in the French Friday group are doing you can check it our here.

I loved the dressing…had just the right tang 
This was quick,  fresh tasting and delicious!
My “Go To” Carrot Salad until now

27 comments:

  1. I like the addition of Dijon to offset the sweetness of the carrots, but I don't think anything will ever sell me on raisins in a salad. I just can't ... that said, yours looks very pretty!

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  2. It's funny how sometimes, only the "way we are used to" having it will do. (I have been known to be guilty of this!) Although, it is sweet that you had a holdout :-)

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  3. I too loved the dressing! It´s very interesting to add pineapple to a carrot salad. I´ve been making a carrot, onion and heart of palm salad with mayo and ketchup forever. In the end, carrots go well with so many other ingredients! Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  4. I love carrot salad made this way but I'm passing on FFWD this week but I just had to come over and check out your salad, I knew it would look good;-)

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  5. Wow, that looks so pretty! I did it, I did it, I posted for FFwD today...I am trying to get back into the swing of it as I really do want to make good use of the book and recipes. Let's see if I can get back to it. Not making all of them, but will try to do ones that fit in with family and on weeks when I don't make it, will try to go back and pick something already made to post. I am so inspired by yours each week that I knew I had to get back to it. Love that recipe you included, it is, I think the same one I make in the summers for picnics, etc. Sounds like it, will go pull out my book and see. Fun to see it.

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  6. I think I would've made this had I followed the cookbook that you photographed. Great post!

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  7. Your salad really does look beautiful. And now you have another go-to carrot salad recipe!

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  8. Your salad looks wonderful, Kathy! I love that you included a photo of your stand by recipe, too. I think my family would enjoy your favourite version even more than Dorie's.

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  9. Kathy, your salad is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your original "Carrot Salad" recipe. My mom used to make a carrot salad using mayonnaise. I am going to try your recipe. Have a nice weekend:)

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  10. Looks fantastic. Love your "go to" salad. Great job.

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  11. It looks like a beautiful salad Kathy - love your sunny outdoor photo. And thanks for sharing your other carrot salad recipe. I liked the carrot salad so much that I am going to make this for my work lunch in summer as something a little more healthy than the norm.

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  12. So glad you enjoyed...I think I'll make a small batch just for me :)

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  13. We loved this easy salad - and we always have carrots, so I'm sure we'll make it again & again. I was a little concerned about the mustard dominating the other flavors, but it just provided a nice background & the salad was really fresh.

    Have a great weekend!

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  14. This salad looks like a delicious side my friend, very nice flavourings :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  15. Kathy, my old carrot salad was made identical to your old 'stand by' as well. I used to make it for parties, picnics, and special occasions. It was always a success, but my kids never liked it! Now, with the new gourmet style Dijon mustard, and cider vinegar, I think I will give it another try. Yours looks so delicious bursting with color and the flavors that really compliments the salad!
    Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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  16. Good for you braving to make a change. I have had to push myself to do something a little different in the name of Dorie and most of the time I have been pleasantly surprised. It sounds like your family "Didn't hate it." which is all we can hope for sometimes. Have a lovely weekend.

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  17. What's crazy is that I've never had this...looks great and something I will definitely be trying =D

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  18. Kathy, it is nice to see that you make a lot of carrot salad at your house too. There are so many recipes of grated carrrot salad, every family seems to add a different twist. I can see that you added raisins and walnut to the salad - nice presentation and smart to use that food processor!

    Have a good weekend!

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  19. Your usual carrot salad sounds delicious. I too have a mayo version which I enjoy, but I also like Dorie's version for grilling and picnics so that I don't have to worry about the mayo turning. Never tried adding pineapple, I might have to give your version a try.

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  20. Sounds very fresh and delicious!I love salads with lots of raw veggies;

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  21. I will bet this will go great with anything for dinner as a side dish!

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  22. Men don't like change. I can make that big, bold statement without even putting "some" at the beginning of the sentence. I recollect having a carrot salad "your way" in my youth, complete with the pineapples at church potlucks. I recall liking it. Somehow I don't think Dorie's dressing (which I thought was wonderful) and pineapples would work. Your salad looks delicious and the stained and somewhat-yellowed (I think) cookbook page looks very homey and comfortable.

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  23. I love the old cookbook with your (former) go-to recipe. Those community cookbooks are the best. Glad that you found a new twist on an old favorite.

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  24. Looks delicious. I'm not sure I've ever had a carrot salad.

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  25. I too got a kick out of that cookbook Kathy. When I lived in New York, I didn't live that far away from a place called Commack, lol...

    I think I will have to agree with your other half on this one. Carrot Salad for me must include pineapple. Once when I was in a pinch and wanted to make a quick Carrot Salad, I actually used both pineapple and orange yogurt!!! It was well received but I need a bit of mayo in my carrot salad too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  26. I love this salad, but haven't had it in ages. Hmm, wonder if the kids would eat it?!

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  27. So yummy! I adored this salad and could not get enought of the dressing! Your other recipe looks great also, pineapple sounds really good!

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