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Vanilla Vegetable Salad #SkinnyTip #FrenchFridayswithDorie

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Vanilla Vegetable Salad may sound crazy, but I loved the touch of vanilla in the lemon vinaigrette. So pretty tossed with ribbons of colorful vegetables!

Vanilla Vegetable Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Vanilla Vegetable Salad

Say What? Vanilla in a salad??? Yeah, this is one combination I could never have dreamed up.

Who would add vanilla extract to a salad dressing? Well, leave it to the French. And thanks to Dorie Greenspan to bringing it to our attention. This crazy idea was actually quite lovely. Just a hint of vanilla in the lemon vinaigrette created an exquisite topping for this Vanilla Vegetable Salad.

Vanilla Vegetable Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Vegetable Ribbons

This salad started with yellow squash and carrot ribbons, so I dug out my mandoline and vegetable peeler. Any of your favorite vegetables could be added to the mix. I tossed in some zucchini for an extra pop of green. I’ve never been a fan of raw zucchini, but it was actually my favorite part of this divine salad.

Mesclun or mixed greens were tossed in the dressing composed of olive oil, lemon juice, a tiny bit of vanilla, sea salt and pepper. The greens then lined the salad bowl and were topped with these vegetable ribbons. Mine could have been sliced a tad thinner, but that didn’t stop me from relishing every single bite. I hope you’ll try this out of the ordinary, refreshing and tasty salad.

Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature more tips on some of my upcoming blog posts. Click on the #SkinnyTip tag at the end of this post to see all my previous tips.

Tip #46: You may want to add hot peppers to your menu every now and then. There is evidence they can increase metabolism, increase satiety (the “full” feeling”) and decrease your appetite. Unfortunately, you may need to eat a whole lot of  spicy peppers to see any results plus you may build up a tolerance to the positive side effects.  It’s food for thought, though.

The recipe can be found  in Dorie Greenspan’s magnificent cookbook, Around My French Table.  If you’d like to see what the other “Doristas” thought of this dish, check out the LYL section for this recipe on the French Fridays website.

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37 comments on “Vanilla Vegetable Salad #SkinnyTip #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. Oh my gosh!! I can’t believe you were bold enough to try this–and now that I’ve read about it I nees to try it too. What an awesome change of pace, Liz!!

  2. I thought it was very nice. We eat salads often and it’s always good to have one more easy dressing recipe in the back burner. Loving those #SkinnyTips 🙂

  3. Pretty ribbons! I never would have thought of vanilla in salad dressing either, sounds good:@)

  4. I wasn’t feeling the divine part of this salad, but it was a very pretty salad & we did like it well enough. My takeway was that I like shaved vegetables in salads 🙂

  5. Such a pretty salad and so colorful. Vanilla in a salad is a new one on me too. Great skinny tip on the spicy foods. I also think adding spice decreases the need for additional salt as well and that is a good thing in a recipe.

  6. I never would have thought of vanilla in a salad. I’m always willing to try new tastes and this sounds good.

  7. I love those pretty vegetable ribbons! Vanilla with veggies isn’t something I’ve tried… I think I’ll save my vanilla for dessert ;).

  8. Wow – that is a gorgeous salad and I will for sure try to add vanilla to my dressing – sounds wonderful Liz!

  9. It’s pretty and unique. Great that you liked it!

  10. This sounds delicious! I have added vanilla to dressings before, this sounds really good!

  11. I love the idea of vanilla in a salad dressing. I wouldn’t have thought about it. 🙂

  12. Just beautiful Lizzy:))

  13. Beautiful salad Liz, I really enjoyed all the shaved veggies, but the vanilla didn’t work for us.

  14. Lizzy,
    I wouldn’t have thought to put vanilla in a salad either. It looks wonderful.

  15. How exquisite! I would’ve never thought of this either…this makes me even more excited for my upcoming visit to Paris!!

  16. All the different colors in the salad make it attractive. I’m in the “OK this once” camp. Dare we ask what Bill thought? You didn’t mention him, so I suppose that says it all. Have a great weekend!

  17. Love the simplicity of this ribbon salad and the vanilla dressing sounds just marvelous.

  18. Last week I made a pasta, fennel and arugula dish for Cottage Cooking Club that involved my mandoline. Needed to slice the fennel and the onion. Unfortunately I was a but careless and sliced off a bit of my finger tip. So, anything that involved slicing, dicing, stripping, cutting, or a mandoline did not interest me this week. You are one of the few Doristas that gave this salad a thumbs up and glowing report. Still, I am not yet persuaded although your salad bowl looks beautiful. Hot Peppers??? Seriously???

  19. What a creative and unique idea to add vanilla to salad dressing. Sounds fabulous with the vegetable ribbons!

  20. I’ve tried this and it makes the salad seem extra special. I’ve done this with bibb lettuce, goat cheese and dried cranberries. Yum!

  21. Nice ribbons…never thought about adding vanilla to a dressing. Thanks!

  22. Wow! Vanilla dressing seems to be so unique! I love the idea!

  23. Wonder how hot peppers and vanilla would work? Just a thought…But you’ve completely bended my mind to think maybe a touch of vanilla in salad dressing works. Thank you, Liz. Merci Dorie Greenspan.

  24. I’ve had these ingredients in a salad before, but never ribbons which was very pretty. Though I won’t be making this dressing again. Didn’t work for anyone in my family. Glad to hear you enjoyed the zucchini. I like it any which way.

  25. This was rather nice wasn’t it? First time ever eating zuc raw!

  26. Vanilla extract in salad dressing is genius…I love the French! ;D

    This is one idea I’m going to keep in mind…mmmm it must be delicious 🙂


  27. I enjoyed it, too – we seem to be in the minority. And if nothing else, this is one of the prettiest salads in the book, don’t you think?

  28. I never take the time to make salad look so pretty… but I’m going to try ribbons the next time I make a salad. It looks gorgeous!

  29. I am looking up this recipe NOW.

  30. I actually enjoyed this one too, Liz! Thought the hint of vanilla was quite lovely! Yours looks beautiful!
    I did give it a try with some fresh figs, arugula and a bit of goat cheese…delicious!

  31. Wow you are brave if you don’t like raw zucchini. I am glad you liked it and your salad looks so pretty too.

  32. While I didn’t really care for it, I have to admit it is a beautiful salad. Yours looks lovely!

  33. Glad you enjoyed this one. It wasn’t my thing, but the odds were weighted against it as I am not a salad lover.

  34. I did a bit of a double take when I saw the name of the salad- it does sound really interesting though!! Love the veggie ribbons- it looks so beautiful! I’ve never tried raw zucchini before- is it really different to cooked zucchini? I’ll have to try adding it to my salad next time!

  35. It looks so pretty but I just couldn’t like it! I’m glad you did though. You are indeed the person to give skinny tips:)

  36. This is so pretty and the vanilla is intriguing. Lovely presentation Liz!

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