Vanilla Vegetable Salad

Vanilla Vegetable Salad

I was skeptical about this one from the start.  I mean, I love vanilla.  In puddings and cakes and other treats.  But in a salad dressing?  I wasn’t so sure… But, in the name of French Fridays with Dorie I gave it a go.

At least it was simple to make: First I made ribbons of carrot and zucchini with a vegetable peeler.  These and a couple handfuls of mixed greens were tossed with a dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, and vanilla (along with some salt & pepper).


So?  Meh.  I am not a big fan of ribbons of vegetables.  I find them hard to eat and a little too much like rabbit food.  And the vanilla in the dressing, while subtle, seemed like it didn’t belong.  My husband felt the same way I did.  Actually, I was curious if he would pick up the vanilla in the dressing.  As he tried he said, “Is there vanilla in this?”  I guess he noticed.  But it wasn’t a good thing.

They can’t all be winners, can they?  Next month is looking up; all the October recipes sound delicious to me.  Stay tuned to see what they are!



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12 responses to “Vanilla Vegetable Salad

  1. Nana

    I was not impressed with the vanilla dressing either, but I did like the
    addition of the veggies to the greens and will try that again with my
    regular dressing.

  2. Eduardo couldn’t tell there was vanilla in there… but normally he won’t fuss about it unless it’s an ingredient he really doesn’t like. I guess I’m in the minority, I enjoyed it.

  3. Yeah, no one in my family liked this. Vanilla just doesn’t work in salad. Your pics are pretty though.

  4. Yup, October sounds like THE month 🙂
    I would like to try the vanilla dressing on a different salad.

  5. Emily

    Looking forward to Oct… but I did enjoy the vanilla dressing, and raw zuc too!

  6. I wasn’t a fan either. Looking forward to October.

  7. I didn’t mind this one…but there are so many other salads that I really love that it doesn’t seem worth the effort to make it again. Yup, on to October!

  8. I think October will be an excellent month. And this had the advantage of being easy to put together, if nothing else. (I enjoyed the salad, actually.)

  9. I am also in the minority…I enjoyed it too! Sorry this was not a winner for your house…moving on to November!

  10. I agree with you, Meh. We will not be making this again. We are looking forward to October recipes also.

  11. Easy – yes. Good – not really. As you say – onwards and upwards!

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