Today I thought I would share a little taste of my summer in France. A bit more “real life” than perhaps my photos might suggest! For sure there is plentiful rosé and pastries and French fries (especially at those night markets) but most days, I eat much more simply, taking advantage of fresh produce and fridge and pantry staples. One of my absolute favourite things (anytime but especially when I am dining alone) is a big plate of salad.
This “recipe” if you can call it that, was created years ago when I was studying for my MA in Paris over a series of summers, on one of those days when I looked in the fridge and briefly thought “There’s nothing to eat, I must go to the store” (because after all, I could spend hours in a French supermarket, especially if I’m supposed to be working on something else – best procrastination strategy ever!). Then I decided to pull everything in my fridge out and take a good look to see if I couldn’t figure out a meal from what I had on hand.
It turned out to be a pretty complete meal – just add baguette – and now these items are always on my very first shopping list when I arrive in France (while it’s great to shop at the markets, all these items can be purchased at a supermarket too – much more practical when you first arrive somewhere!). And making this numerous times over the past couple of weeks has reminded me that I need to make this more often when I am home!
Make the dressing: Assemble the salad: The dressing recipe will yield approximately 2/3-3/4 cup - much more than you need for this recipe. Store unused portion in the fridge.
For the dressing:
What about you – what’s your “go to” meal when there’s “nothing to eat”?
Make the dressing:
Assemble the salad:
The dressing recipe will yield approximately 2/3-3/4 cup - much more than you need for this recipe. Store unused portion in the fridge.