It’s impossible to write a book about French cuisine without including grated carrot salad
Indeed, Dorie included one in Around my French Table that I made a few years ago and of course, my book will have a version too. This is one of my absolute favourite meal components and a tub of this (store bought!) lives in my fridge most of the time when I am in France. Though it is a café classic, it’s also easily found in supermarkets and traiteurs everywhere – I honestly don’t know that if I lived in France full-time I would bother making it!
Grating the carrots is a bit of a pain (though if you are lucky enough to own a mouli-julienne you’ll be laughing!) and if you are making this for a crowd, I’d suggest using your food processor… If you want the authentic soft texture of the carrots, though, a box grater is still best.
This is a lovely light salad to accompany a meal, although to be perfectly honest, I found it a bit bland. Dorie’s was more interesting (hers included nuts and dried fruit). So fascinating that a “simple” salad can be so different depending on who makes it. I know I’ve played a lot with this salad to find a recipe I’m happy to include in my book because it seems there is no right way. As David says:
If you ask 60 million French men, or French women, how to make this salad, you will likely end up with 60 million recipes.
This is a great base recipe to take and play with and make your own!
Get the recipe for David Lebovitz’s grated carrot salad here or on p 123 of My Paris Kitchen.
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