Classic French Carrot Salad

This recipe has been a childhood classic starter for lunch or diner.

It is an easy and fresh salad and I remember enjoying it a lot during meals at my parents and at my grand-parent’s place.

I am writing here with the recipe of the balsamic vinaigrette that I am using but you can also use a lemon vinaigrette (just replace the balsamic vinegar with lemon juice).

Another option is the one that my brother and my sister were enjoying: instead of a vinaigrette, they would just add sugar to the shredded carrots. I was never tempted by it but they really enjoy it. And would still have it as a starter for lunch/diner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 medium size carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon(pinch) ground black pepper

Preparation:

In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, mustard, and olive oil together until the dressing is completely blended. Stir the dressing into the shredded carrots. Sprinkle the carrot salad with the salt, pepper, and garlic and mix together.

This serves 2 to 4.

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Spring Sunday and Mango Shake

Spring is here or at least it seems like it has finally decided to make it to this part of the world.

This time of the year in India is the beginning of mango season and we can see a few mangos here and there in New York City that seems okay to be eaten. Even though nothing will beat Indian mangos…

I was in India last June in the deep heart of mango season and our entire menu was revolving around mangos: mango shake for breakfast, mangos for lunch, again mango shake to go through the afternoon. Yes life was hard…

Face timing on Sunday morning with my in-laws in India, we know that they have already started the mango shake diet to kick off the season.

We had just bought a mango and I was still wondering how I would eat/prepare/cook it. Obviously I had to try my first home-made mango shake. Just to make us feel like we are a little bit in India…

Mango Shake

Ingredients

– 1 mango

– 3/4 cup of milk

– 4 ice cubes

Preparation

Peel the mango and cut it into small cubes.

Blend the mangos, milk and ice cubes and serve fresh.

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