"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

24.9.14

Vanilla Vegetable Salad #French Fridays with Dorie

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A salad made with fresh carrots and yellow squash mixed with fresh greens just sounded perfect for a late summer meal. It was the vinaigrette that was questionable. Extra virgin olive olive, good,... lemon juice, good,... vanilla extract... odd?


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I love vanilla and my family does too. We have pretty adventurous palettes so I added the 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the dressing. My family sat down for a lovely baked cod dinner. It was my son who first reacted:


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"What is up with the salad?"
"I was expecting salad, and I got ice cream."

We all had to agree with him. It wasn't a pleasant, "WOW, that's different surprise taste", it was a..."that is just wrong" taste reaction.


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We thought maybe less vanilla... a note vary far away... it could be interesting? Maybe on a different salad like: Helene's All White Salad? But on carrots and squash it just didn't work for us.

Someone must enjoy vanilla salad, because if you are really interested Google it and there are loads of recipes. 



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 


17 comments:

  1. Nope, if the dressing tastes like vanilla ice cream, perhaps that's a combo I won't enjoy either. However, Susan and John made it last night and they rather liked it. It will be interesting to read everyone's comments. Your kids are pretty good taste testers so I respect either of their opinions. It looks as if you've already started off the school year in high gear. Good luck to both of them and, to Mom and Dad.

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    1. Just didn't work for us. Unusual we pretty much go for everything with minor tweeks. I recommend dipping a leaf in the dressing before you pour it on your salad.

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  2. I used vanilla bean - not sure if that makes a difference - but I liked it. It's always cool to have an(other) easy salad dressing recipe in the back burner.

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  3. My daughter thought the vanilla made the salad too sweet - but I do think that this dressing would better suit a different type of salad (Susan suggested pear). Ice cream salad would throw me off too!

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  4. Very pretty salad Diane, but we did not enjoy this one either. At least is was easy.

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  5. I wasn't wild about it either. I think it might have worked with a salad with fruit on top. But not carrots and squash (I skipped the squash myself -- don't like it raw). Have a great weekend.

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  6. It was fun to wait for the reactions without sharing what the "secret ingredient" was first! At least you had the lovely baked cod to make up for it.

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  7. Too funny...I love your last line! I probably won't repeat it either, but I did enjoy!

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  8. I liked it, but like Liz, I probably won't repeat it - unless it includes something like strawberries or figs.

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    1. Yes, fruit... vanilla and fruit go together. I love the idea of figs.

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  9. I really enjoyed this salad and even gave the dressing another try with arugula, figs and goat cheese! Very good! Loved your son’s comment…I didn’t even think of serving this to Bill…he is not into exotic flavors!

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    1. I think your salad with the figs is a much better idea for this dressing.

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  10. I agree with you Diane it did not work for us. Luckily my make ups did the trick. I look forward to next months cooking.

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  11. I am in the no brigade - I didn't mind it, but I didn't love it either.

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  12. Your son cracks me up LOL
    Yes it sounds odd but I have to try it

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    1. He is a piece of work. Try the dressing on figs with goat cheese, definitely the way to go with this.

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  13. Our feelings were pretty much the same Diane. It just wasn't interesting in a good way:) I like the idea of serving it with figs and goat cheese....but then I probably won't. I think I'll move on and forget this one.

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