I love salads! I eat salad as a main course several times a week! In many French restaurants, salads are served as a main meal. It has became an easy healthy option for the French ladies when dinning out. The choice of salads on French menus is usually large and prices very affordable.
Keys to a good salad
– Diversity (adding for example walnuts, smoked salmon, blue cheese & pear, ham or eggs for proteins)
– Fresh products (preferably in season, if you can grow your own – even better!)
– Home-made dressing (la vinaigrette)
In France, we very rarely buy salad dressing/sauce from the shops. Have you ever read their labels (ingredients list and NIP)? They are full of additives, sugar, sodium and various preservatives. They are processed foods. Every French woman I know make their own salad dressing. It’s very easy to make, cheaper and healthier than the ones sold in shops.
1x tea spoon of Dijon mustard
1x tea spoon of water
3x tbsp of red wine vinegar (can be replaced by basalmic vinegar for a sweeter taste)
4x tbsp of olive oil
Optional: ½ x tea spoon of herbs (thyme or rosemary), black pepper or half a glove of garlic
- Combine mustard, water, vinegar, and herbs (optional) in a small ceramic bowl. Whisk until well combined.
- Add oil to the vinegar mixture in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until dressing thickens slightly. Season with pepper.