Posts Tagged ‘Salad’

Vivre Autrement Expo

This Friday through Monday, the Vivre Autrement expo will be taking place in the Parc Floral de Paris. The entrance fee is 7€, which includes access to all of the workshops. The workshops this year include: how to sprout, making “caviar” from sprouted grains, argan oil recipes, gardening, essential oils in cuisine, baby massage, toy making from hemp.


Of course, in addition to the workshops you can look around the 400 exhibitors in the expo. I’d really recommend visiting the stand and restaurant of  Meli-Jo, a Belgian distributor of everything sprouting and juicing: at their stand at the recent Vivez Nature salon, I had a wheat grass shot and a huge plate of raw goodness that I still think of fondly to this day. 


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It’s been a fun week filled with parties, potlucks and parades celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. I loaded up on Chinese groceries and made this salad using traditional New Year’s noodles. 


Eating these very long noodles guarantees long life. Happy New Year!


  • 2 (1.8 ounce) packages mung bean threads
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts
  • 1/2 large red or yellow bell pepper, cut into thin, long strips
  • 1 European (seedless) cucumber cut into strips
  • 2 scallions, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 4 tsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp oriental sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

Place mung bean treads in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak 5 – 15 minutes, just until they are a pleasant texture. Drain and rinse in cold water.

Wisk all dressing ingredients together until well combined.

Spread the bean threads out on a serving platter. Top with all the veggies. Pour the dressing over the top and then sprinkle with peanuts.

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Le Pain Quotidien

I had a nice salad for lunch today at Le Pain Quotidien in the 4th. There are lots of salads in Paris, which is great: nothing wrong with that. They’re green and one of the best things you can eat, alive with wonderful chlorophyll.

This charming Belgian café chain has locations all over the world, five of which are right here in the center of Paris. It’s by no means a vegan restaurant, but I appreciate so much the acknowledgment of putting a carrot symbol next to the vegan options. They have three salads, vegan soup everyday, a fruit salad and of course their wonderful organic, whole wheat pain au levain [sourdough bread.]

Sitting in the charmingly decorated location that they have in the Marais around the big communal table, we had a warming bowl of potimarron [chestnut-flavored squash] soup and two nice salads: one with artichokes and beans, the other with tofu and three tasty sauces. The tofu might have benefited from being marinated but it was still an impressive and satisfying salad. Just look at the photo I took!

PROS: Openly vegan friendly, organic, multiple locations, sells nice oils, spreads etc.

CONS: No vegan desserts.

Le Pain Quotidien
18, Rue des Archives, 75004
Métro: Hôtel de Ville
Tel : 01 44 54 03 07

Salads at Le Pain Quotidien

Soup at Le Pain Quotidien

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Sunday Recipe: Mâche Salad

I’ll tell you one of the things I miss most since we moved here: kale. But on the plus side I am really getting into mâche.

Let me tell you about mâche, also known as “lamb’s lettuce”: It’s been cultivated since the 17th century here in France’s Loire valley. It is in season from Mid-August through December, making it ideal for holiday fare. It is nutritionally rich, particularly in terms of its Omega 3 oils and in having three times the iron of spinach. So when people ask you “Where do you get your iron from?” you can reply “From Emily’s mâche salad!”


Toss up …

  • Mâche
  • Grated raw beet
  • Clementine segments
  • Sliced red onions
  • Chopped walnuts
  • and your favorite vinaigrette.

Et voila! An explosion of festive colors.


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    Le Pick-Clops

    When a vegan hits a Paris café, they’re probably going to be getting a salad and frîtes. That’s why it’s always such a treat to find a café with a salad that’s a bit special, such as the mysteriously named Le Pick-Clops in the Marais.

     The killer salad at Pick-Clops is L’Inca, a satisfying mix of greens, layered with quinoa, lentils and avocado. And the frîtes are a bit special too, golden, crisp, mini disk-shaped potato slices.

    Pick-Clops is a year-round treat because not long after the season for sitting under the misting sprays on the patio has passed, they break out the vin chaud. Indeed, although the patio is on a great people-watching corner, you are missing out if you don’t get inside and sample the 50s-retro style.

     My kids love Pick-Clops because of their all-you-can-eat, dump-’em-on-your table peanuts policy. However, last time we were there we were told the peanuts are being phased out for a popcorn machine. Tense times… fingers crossed for a smooth transition.

     As for the name, I asked what it meant and they told me “It’s English.”

    Le Pick-Clops

    16, rue Vielle Du Temple, 75004

    Metro: Hôtel de Ville

    01 40 29 02 18

    Summer at le Pick-Clops


    Autumn at le Pick-Clops

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