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Vanilla Vegetable Salad

This will be short and sweet. There’s not much to say about this week’s recipe selection for French Fridays with Dorie: Vanilla Vegetable Salad. This is a very simple salad made interesting by an intriguingly exotic dressing. It’s just some mixed greens topped with long ribbons of carrots. (I don’t like raw squash, so left that out.) The surprise in this recipe is the vanilla extract in the lemony vinaigrette. The vanilla flavor is there, but isn’t too strong, so it’s not cloying. It provides a touch of mystery. I had this salad for lunch along with a mini zucchini gratin. I liked it, but it didn’t knock my socks off so I doubt I’ll make it again.

To see what the other Doristas thought, check out their links here. Happy Friday!


Posted on 26 September 2014, in French Fridays with Dorie, Salads and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. We eat salads often and it’s always good to have one more easy dressing recipe in the back burner. I liked the ‘mysterious’ notes.

  2. The ever mysterious Betsy :-)
    This was interesting; I think Susan’s suggestion about trying the dressing with a pear salad was a good one. Pear, goat cheese, figs on a bed of arugula sounds good to me!
    Have a lovely weekend.

  3. I don’t think this went over to well with many, but at least it was easy. I do like the
    shaved vegetables and will do that again with my regular salad. Have a great
    weekend, Betsy.

  4. This salad has not gotten a ringing endorsement from anyone but Liz and Susan. When Diane reported earlier in the week that her son thought it tasted like vanilla ice cream, I just decided to pass. My mandoline and I had an “incident” last week and I didn’t want to visit it for a while. I do like the line-up for October – nice choices, don’t you think. I actually am having fun visiting some of the really must-try recipes that you all made before I joined.

  5. I agree not much to say about this salad. I found the vanilla flavor strong. I guess I’m sensitive. On well, so many other recipes that are wonderful.

  6. Well I enjoyed the salad, it was good too cold the next day for lunch! I must say the raw zuc was good too.

  7. A colorful salad that was worth trying, but probably won’t be a repeat at my house.

  8. Bill would probably have agreed with most of the group…except I doubt I could have gotten him to take even one bite. I enjoyed it, but not worth all the peeling to make it again :)

  9. I like the idea of the zucchini gratin. I enjoyed the salad and thought it was very pretty, but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to have it again.

  10. I happen to love raw squash, and it seemed to add a little more crunch to the mix. I also thought of throwing in a few fresh figs, I personally think this dressing would work so well with fruit! I did enjoy the subtle flavor of the vanilla! Sorry this wasn’t a winner for you, however your zucchini gratin sounds wonderful! Happy weekend, Betsy!

  11. We were in the ok camp too. I have been having fun with the make-ups since I missed the first 3 years:)

  12. Hi Betsy, it didn’t knock my socks off either! It was OK, neither great nor terrible.

  13. I’m behind as usual, but just made the Chanterelle Mushrooms with Cabbage and loved that! This sounded good, but the reviews are mixed …

  14. I felt exactly the same way about this one! Not much to say.

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