2012/08/16

If (French Fridays with Dorie: Cafe-Style Grated Carrot Salad)

First things first.

I had a really hard time getting into making this one.

For some reason, the enthusiasm just wasn't there.

Sorry.

Just had to put that out there.

However, since there weren't any particularly objectionable ingredients involved (I am looking at you shredded coconut), it was worth giving it a shot.



So.

I made it.

And having made it, I had to decide what to write about it.

There were two trains of thought revving up in my head: 1) grating (as in things that grate on your nerves) and 2) if you or I were a salad, what type of salad would people say you (or I) were?

The whole grating thing felt a bit too negative (although, I am sure there is a humorous bent that could be attributed to it), so I decided to go the salad route.



If people were salads, what would they be?

If Runner Girl were a salad, she would be a Strawberry-Poppyseed chicken salad. Light, refreshing, a little fruity - with bursts of sweetness.

If Karate Kid were a salad, she would probably be a Sesame Soba Noodle Salad w/ bok Choy. A bit more complex in flavor - the parts are best savored in combination to get a sense of the dish's balance.

I would throw The Dude into the Pepper Crusted Fillet Mignon Salad category. Strong & dominant flavors prevail, however, the end result is lightened by some unexpected elements.

And for myself. I would place me in the Smoky Corn & Grilled Avocado Romaine Salad camp. Applying heat to one of the elements changes the flavor profile of the whole.

Then we come to carrot salad.

If grated carrot salad were a person, what type of a person would it be? My guess is that this person wouldn't be obvious, not for everyone and an acquired taste. Perhaps inspiring polar reactions.

Of course, now I am going to start cataloguing all the people I know to see if any of them are "grated carrot salad".

That can't be good. Can it?

If you were a salad, what kind of salad would you be?

Peace out.


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie - where each week, a group of bloggers take on a different recipe from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. Please visit the site to see other takes on this week's and many other recipes. The recipe for this grated carrot salad can be found here.

33 comments:

  1. See now I was extremely excited to make this, being one of my favourite salads that I buy pre-made from the supermarket in France when I am there. So making and eating it today made me kinda sorta feel like I was back there. You see? No, I guess you had to be there!

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  2. I backtracked this week made the scallops...somehow carrots with raisins wasn't quite as enticing. I love the salads you came up for your family...I haven't a clue what kind of salad I'd be. I'll have to mull it over :)

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    1. I am sure whatever you picked, it would have a sweet element

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  3. Oh, this one's easy ... A black cherry caprese salad. Not sure the personality traits apply here, but if I were to be a salad, it would have to be an heirloom tomato salad. It would just hafta. :)

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    1. I have a strong hunch that more than one type of tomato would pop up in that salad!

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  4. I'd rather be a cookie than a salad.

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  5. Although I'm on Ei's team with this, I think I'd be a green salad, but one with unusual ingredients and flavours that you wouldn't necessarily notice simply looking at it.

    I enjoyed this salad, especially because it was quick to put together. Some of my family just set off on a road trip and I was able to quickly pack up the components of the salad for them to take along. I left out a serving for myself for photographic and tasting purposes, of course.

    I like the way you tied in some previous posts with the salad question - I want to check out those recipes, now. :)

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    1. I think lots of subtle layers keep things from becoming pedestrian :-)

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  6. If I could be a salad I would be a snickers salad of course :D :D
    Though your salad could be just as delicious butr healthy too :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. I love this game! Maybe I would be a spicy papaya salad ... I have to work on it ... I would most definitely NOT be any salad with raisins in it, I can promise you that.

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  8. This is a great post Cher. Love your salad matches. I don´t know which to choose for myself, people would probably say to go with one that is much more complex than it appears! Have a great weekend my friend!

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  9. Wow, you really had to push yourself on this one. It was easy to make? It's healthy? Am I selling you???? I don't see myself as a salad. I like them, I eat them but there is nothing really indulgent about salads. I'd rather be a cookie too, or at least a freshly baked loaf of bread.

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  10. I actually might BE this salad...we liked it that much! It is pretty, isn't it? Yours certainly is. Fun post.

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  11. Love the presentation, Cher! Great looking salad! :)

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  12. Kudos for actually making this! I had so little motivation that I made chocolate cake instead.

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  13. Your salad looks great:) I would be a Cobb Salad!

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  14. Great question, Cher. I absolutely know ME: Strawberry Jello loaded with Libby's fruit cocktail with extra maraschino cherries added and topped with marshmallows cut in thirds. Yes, I call that a salad and it still is my favorite. Why? Very Iowa. Very, very obvious and "out there". Unsophisticated. (I've never been accused of being haute.) Happy. A Willing Participant. Just love this carrot salad also. If you're dieting (and, I often am), it really fills you up.

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  15. Cher, I can’t say I know what kind of salad I’d be…I consider myself more of a cheesecake! Love that you gave this a try even though it wasn’t inspiring…I happen to love carrot salad…an old favorite!! Yours looks very pretty!!

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  16. Lol - I hope I am not a grated carrot salad. Looks good Cher.

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  17. Ha! Now I'm going to spend the rest of the day wondering what salad people are and picturing walking salads all around me!

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  18. If you think this one was uninspiring, wait until the zucchini, cucumber and mint salad
    in two weeks. Ugh!

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  19. I wasn't wowed by this either though I'll admit that salads are my favorite thing to make. What kind of salad would I be? I'd be a bread salad, seemingly weird if you've never met one before but versatile and comforting once you do.

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  20. Funny, Cher, we really liked this. Although I wasn't very enthused about it, I was happy how easy it was to make. And, it did surpass my expectations. I'm not wild about raisins, so was happy to find currants. And, because I'm not a fan of mustard, I was worried it would overwhelm the other flavors, but it just blended right in. But kudos to all of us for making it.

    I love the way your mind works! I'd probably go with Waldorf Salad as it has a bit of everything - sweet, savory, crunchy, salty, and definitely NUTS! xoxo

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  21. Well, Cher, quite a novel idea to categorize person a s salads - well, I am almost afraid then to mention that a grated carrot salad is our favorite salad and that we eat it one a week and we liked this week´s recipe, I hope that does not make us carrot salads... be that as it may, nice presentation and wonderful blog post! Have a nice Sunday!

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  22. Too funny Cher. I can't say that I can identify with only one salad, depends too much on the day and my mood. This morning I'm feeling like a caprese salad, seemingly simple but actually quite high maintenance when you get down to it because the ingredients have to be just right:-)

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  23. Hmmm if I were a salad I would be a BBQ chicken chop salad from a little restaurant here - its has all the textures you want in a salad - crispy, crunchy, chewy, fresh but some bites have more of one than another. Sometimes I am definitely too crunchy. Great post Cher!

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  24. Cher, just wanted to let you know that I added the recipe for the Zucchini Chutney to my blog post.

    Have e great Monday!

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  25. What a humorous post. What would a carrot salad person be, I will have to ponder on that one and now you've got me wondering who might be a carrot salad person, LOL. I will let you know when I see one. Not a bad salad but I don't have to make this one again real soon. It was easy to make though.

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  26. Fun post - I really liked reading all of the comments. I'm having trouble deciding what salad I'd be. I wish I were as uncomplicated/easy-going as this carrot salad :-)

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  27. Too funny! I love the idea of people as salads! I think I might be a grilled chicken caesar salad or a spinach with walnuts and cranberries or .... a brownie salad (gotta love some chocolate)!

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