For this refreshing starter, the nearly transparent slices of vegetables are enhanced with a lightly tangy, caper-dotted dressing. As with all simple vegetable dishes, the success of this salad depends entirely upon the quality of the ingredients you start with.
"Why go to all the bother of slicing the vegetables so thin?" you might ask. Slicing them paper-thin serves several functions: it allows the juices locked in the fibers to come to the surface of each slice, encourages greater absorption of the dressing and tenderizes dense vegetables such as artichokes and carrots. Using a mandoline-type slicer ensures neat, thin shavings.