Haystack Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

I love my new julienne peeler. It’s such a nice little inexpensive tool, and it makes eating raw vegetables so much lovelier. And it’s kind of cathartic to julienne an entire zucchini with a little slicer, and also a bit of an arm workout. I also love this salad.

Many, many months ago, when I was quite pregnant and working downtown, I would frequently indulge in a hobbit’s second breakfast. And often this second breakfast would occur at Cafe Soleil, the former downstairs cafe/bakery of L’Etoile.

Alongside their croissant egg sandwich, they served a delightful little side salad of very finely shredded apples and carrots, with a light, sweet dressing. That is what inspired the recipe below. It’s a great way to use up some of your garden or farmer’s market produce, and it’s a fun way to eat your veggies.

Haystack Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

(you can use whatever amount of veggies you want, just dress accordingly)

I shredded 2 carrots, 1 small zucchini, and 1 large apple with my julienne peeler. You could also use the shredding disk on a food processor. Dress with maple vinaigrette.

Maple Vinaigrette

1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 T dijon mustard
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 T maple syrup
juice from one lime
salt to taste

1) Shake all ingredients up in a jar, or whisk everything up but the oil, and then whisk in the oil in a steady stream.

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Comments 5

  1. newlywed wrote:

    I was just reading about julienne peelers someplace…was it Cook’s Country? Officially on my wishlist!
    This little slaw looks delicious…I can’t wait to try it.

    Posted 07 Aug 2010 at 1:41 pm
  2. A Little Yumminess wrote:

    I am the biggest fan of “slaw” type salad you will ever find. Maple syrup is an interesting addition. Honey I have heard of but maple syrup is unique – bet it works weel!!

    Posted 08 Aug 2010 at 2:50 am
  3. ToyLady wrote:

    My husband I were shopping one day, and we picked up what he INSISTED was a serrated vegetable peeler. It was a julienne peeler. . . and this salad looks like the perfect thing for it! (Love the maple vinaigrette, too – just as soon as I use up the basil vinaigrette I just made!)

    Posted 09 Aug 2010 at 12:39 pm
  4. Veggie lover wrote:

    Thank you!! I’ve been looking for a light, refreshing dressing recipe all summer to go with the many veggies from our CSA share… this maple vinaigrette is AMAZING!!

    Posted 10 Aug 2010 at 12:48 am
  5. Jenny wrote:

    Yum, I love maple. Love. The peeler looks great–maybe I’ll add it to the wish list after I finally use the Oxo Y Peeler.

    Posted 13 Aug 2010 at 8:20 pm

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