Friday, August 17, 2012

cafe-style grated carrot salad: French Fridays with Dorie

Carrot Salad.  St. Louis.  Miss Hullings Cafeteria.  Such old memories coming back to me from childhood with just the mention of carrot salad!  So old I can use the word streetcar in the same  sentence!  The carrot salad of my childhood was super sweet, with Hellman's mayo and whipped cream and pineapple and mini marshmallows and coconut and yes, raisins.  No mustard there.  You can even find the recipe if you search for it on google (which I did and will make one day soon for grandkids). 

So of course I opted to use raisins in Dorie's recipe, but then I stayed the course and used oil (avocado) and dijon mustard and honey. 

This is the start....

...and this is the finish.  My plate was so bright it was blinding!  Fork Smashed Purple Potatoes (thanks, Smitten Kitchen for sharing your recipe) and some sliced strip steak.

I did like this recipe for a "savory" carrot salad.  My childhood one was really more like a desert compared to Dorie's.  I think maybe adding in the pineapple might work though.  To see what other Doristas did with this recipe this week, you can visit French Fridays with Dorie.  Another good recipe from Around My French Table.


  1. It's great to have such wonderful memories. Your carrot salad looks great.
    Lovely photos.

  2. Street car :-)
    Your salad looks good - especially alongside that steak!

  3. Lovely salad! I have made carrot salads for years. Mine didn’t have marshmallows in it however, it did have pineapple. My husband said he missed the pineapple in this salad! I laughed when I read your post!

  4. Your salad is lovely. I like the purple smashed potatoes:) Have a great weekend!

  5. I'm really surprised by how this recipe is bringing back memories for so many people this week. For such a simple recipe it seems to be quite powerful.

  6. I like your story about your childhood salad. Your plate looks so colorful with the veggies starring proudly.