Friday, September 26, 2014

FFWD ~ Vanilla Vegetable Salad

 FFWD ~ Vanilla Vegetable Salad

This week our French Fridays recipe is for a salad, but it’s really the dressing that’s the star.  The salad itself is several handfuls of greens, a few young carrots, and yellow summer squash. The carrots and squash are shaved with a vegetable peeler, or mandoline into ribbons. Dorie suggests mixed salad greens, I used Arugula, because I love the peppery taste. Easy to assemble! 

The dressing is a mixture of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and a touch of vanilla, whisked together with a bit of sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Yes, you read it correctly…vanilla! I am a vanilla lover, and was totally intrigued by this dressing. 
Dorie writes that she first had this salad in a charming little wine bar in Paris. Leave it to the French to come up with such a delightful combination. I think this dressing would work on any light salad. The hint of vanilla was quite lovely. 
Truly delightful and totally enjoyed!
Making the vegetable ribbons sounds fussy, but was really quite easy. Because I was only making one serving, I used my vegetable peeler to make the ribbons. I then placed them in a bowl of ice water to crisp them up, and let them curl a bit.  You could slice the ribbons ahead of time, and keep them in a bowl of ice water in the fridge, until you’re ready to make the salad. 

We are having some beautiful warm days here in New Jersey (summers last hurrah) and Bill is taking advantage of the end of golf season. So this salad was my lunch, served with a few slices of cheese. It was lovely!  I forgot to mention; the carrots are from my garden! Happy Friday everyone!

The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Around My French Table. If you’d like to see what the other “Doristas” thought of this dish, check it out here. 


 Loved the hint of vanilla in this dressing…lovely!


Carrots from my garden!  Not so pretty, but sweet and delicious!


24 comments:

  1. So fresh! The carrots from your garden look very beautiful. I never had luck growing carrots.

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  2. I think your carrots are very pretty :-)
    I am very much looking forward to the upcoming warm spell - we have been dipping into cooler temperatures and my system is just not ready for it yet! (Although, I did tell Joe no golf this weekend - he's been travelling the past couple of weeks and the house and yard need a little TLC... SInce his last week's trip was a golf trip, I don't feel like too much of a meanie :-) )
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Love your homegrown carrots, I am still trying but no success yet with them. Your plate of salad is mighty delish! The colors are so intense!

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  4. Love you carrots!
    I love this plate look absolutely beauty Kathy!!
    xo

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  5. I love how you captured the height of the carrot and squash ribbons. Thanks for the tips on how to make the peeled veggie slices stay crisp and curl. Very handy!

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  6. Hi Kathy!
    Oh you lucky girl, I have never been able to grow a decent carrot! The difference in taste is like night and day:)

    I am definitely intrigued by this salad dressing. The thought of vanilla at first seems odd ,but when you think about it, it actually makes sense.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...Enjoy these gorgeous days of Fall...We're having beautiful weather here in PA also:)

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  7. Nothing beats the taste of homegrown carrots. I was surprised at how much I liked this salad dressing...should have known Dorie wouldn't have steered us wrong :)

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  8. Beautiful salad Kathy, glad you enjoyed it. Your carrots are so cute, and I am sure they were really tender
    and delicious. This was not a favorite for us, but it was interesting.

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  9. Served with cheese sounds perfect and I agree the ribbons were not hard to make and it really dressed up the salad, but the vanilla did not work for me.

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  10. Hah! I didn't know that ice water helps curl the summer squash, too! Thanks for that tip! I am going to try this - and I like Susan's idea of using pears, too.

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  11. I love that you used your own carrots in this salad. There's nothing like veggies from your own garden, is there? You seem to be in the minority on this one, but I like your enthusiasm. (I didn't love this one.) Simple salads like this do make great solo lunches though.

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  12. Those ribbons look absolutely beautiful, I have never been able to peel ribbons like that before!
    Such a fresh looking salad!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. I think carrots from one's own garden are inherently beautiful. I enjoyed this salad, too, and am curious about the possibilities for the dressing.

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  14. Carrots from you garden sounds wonderful. I wish I had a green thumb. We did not love this salad. Your photos look great.

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  15. I think your carrots are beautiful Kathy, much prettier than the boring ones from the grocery store. And the salad looks wonderful, so fresh and pretty!

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  16. There is nothing better than garden carrots. You really have had quite the garden this year - those tomatoes of yours are beautiful. You are one of a handful who liked this vanilla dressing. I love vanilla also but cannot get my arms around it being used in a dressing for a cold veggie salad. Yours looks lovely and appetizing. Nice post, Kathy.

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  17. A beautiful and color salad. Love the Vanilla dressing.

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  18. Your salad looks lovely Kathy - and very impressive that you grow your own carrots!

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  19. Beautiful pictures Kathy! I would have been intimidated by the vegetable curls too, so your encouragement that this wasn't too hard is helpful! I can't believe that winter is coming--too many summer recipes to make yet,,,

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  20. Kathy, I wish you were closer so you could share your photography secrets! Your carrots look amazing. I just planted arugula, and I'm hoping for a bumper fall crop. I haven't had success with carrots, but maybe I'll try again. Can't wait to try this one!

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  21. These are such lovely pictures Kathy full of colors and aromas!

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  22. Your carrots look great! I have never had much success with carrots in the garden. I didn't really enjoy this salad but as I look at your pics and read your description I feel like its my fault, or rather that the fault lies within me. Is my palate not sufficiently developed? You make it sound and look divine!

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  23. Kathy, fresh carrots from your garden...such a 'heavenly' experience! So pretty sliced into ribbons, and made into a fabulous gourmet salad! Beautiful presentation, and amazing photos! Hugs,

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  24. A very pretty and perfect salad, Kathy. It would be nice to serve on the holidays. Blessings, Catherine

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