Our recipe selection for this week is vanilla vegetable salad.
Dorie suggests using mixed greens or mesclun and topping it with thinly
sliced curls of summer squash and carrots. The dressing is a combination
of fresh lemon juice, olive oil and a touch a vanilla.
I used my mandoline to slice the squash and a vegetable peeler for the carrot.
Whenever I have to use the mandoline I make Hubby do the work, I am so afraid
of those blades. It does a wonderful job and was perfect for this salad. The salad
was very pretty and made a lovely presentation but unfortunately I did not care
for the dressing because of the vanilla flavor. I did like the slivers of summer
squash. They are quite tasty and I will definitely add them to other salads.
I was intrigued by this recipe since I adore vanilla but do not use it for savory dishes.
The taste and the aroma is a favorite of mine but I couldn't get my head
around using it as a vinaigrette in a salad. As expected, the aroma was
fantastic- fresh and light when mixed with the lemon juice and olive oil.
The verdict on taste ?
Unfortunately none of us cared for it.
My husband stated it looked fabulous but was "not something I would
serve at a dinner party". It was bland with a strong perfume. That said,
we enjoyed the adventure - even if this will not be a repeat.
Happy French Fridays ~