Friday, February 14, 2014

FFWD ~ Hélène’s All-White Salad

FFWD ~ Hélène’s All White Salad
It has been another bad weather week for the northeast, and this time it reached deep into the south! So, anticipating some ugly weather, we left our sons house in Atlanta and headed to Florida on Monday.  This week’s French Fridays is coming to you from sunny Seaside! When we arrived it was chilly, and for the next two days it rained. Today it hit a balmy 61 degrees and the sun was shining bright. Perfect weather for this weeks pick….Hélène’s All White Salad. 

It was a good lunch…loved the combo of apples and celery…I think some nuts would have been really good, too!

Dorie tells us that her friend Hélène Samuels created it for her cafe, Delicabar Snack Chic, in Paris' Le Bon Marche department store. She created many salads, named after the hues of the dining room, where they would be served. According to Dorie, she had a green (naturally), yellow, orange, red and the beautiful salad I am sharing with you today, Hélène’s All White Salad. This salad consists of celery, mushrooms, granny smith apples, Napa cabbage and a homemade mayo dressing made with Greek yogurt. I originally planned on serving this as a side salad, which I knew my hubby would have eaten, and enjoyed as part of his evening meal. Instead, I decided to make it for lunch, so that I could get some good photos!  Oh the life of a food blogger…lol! I halved the recipe and was able to get two lunch size portions from it! So, while Bill ate his ham and cheese sandwich, I ate Hélène’s All-White Salad, topped with some goat cheese! I found this to be a delicious lunch, although my eyes kept searching for some color. In the end it was a salad…a good salad but still just a salad! Maybe next time, topped with some beets and walnuts!  Happy Friday everyone!! And Happy Valentine’s Day!! 

This salad recipe can be found in Dorie’s cookbook “Around My French Table” or here at Serious Eats. To see what my fellow Doristas are up to, check it out here

I thought the dressing was quite good
The goat cheese gave the salad some substance…it was really good


22 comments:

  1. Just delicious salad! Happy valentine's day!!!

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  2. Love those celery ribbons you created! Good job! I enjoyed picking at my salad supper with chopsticks last night! Happy Valentine!

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  3. Actually, with the celery it looks more green than white. But pretty either way. Sorry to hear that you didn't love it, but it's bound to happen with a few. Enjoy your sunny escape.

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  4. A simple and very lovely salad, Kathy.
    Happy Valentine!
    Angie

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  5. I like your addition of goat cheese! And I think mine needed more celery and less cabbage :)

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  6. I am glad you made it south before the monster storm took over. The goat cheese addition was smart and I love your celery curls.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  7. I topped mine with goat cheese too and some almonds. Yum!

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  8. I like your ideas for additions, Kathy, especially since I ate mine as a meal, too.

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  9. Kathy, what a perfectly elegant presentation of your winter white salad - I love the addition of crumbled goat cheese - I had some shaved Pecorino Romano in mind when I prepared mine! Your celery ribbons are really very pretty and make your salad look fabulous!
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  10. I'm enjoying all the flavor tweaks that Doristas resulted to to make something of this. But that in and of itself says something, right? I made it a couple years ago as written and only got a few bites into it before I wished I hadn't even started.

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  11. Nice additions Kathy! Love the photography too - you made this salad pop off the screen!

    Happy Valentine's & President's Day Weekend!

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  12. 60 degrees sounds balmy to me about now as I prepare for yet, another dose of snow tonight. I wish I put some cheese into mine and walnuts… yes not a bad little salad.

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  13. George and I almost ate it for breakfast because I made first thing in the morning to catch the best light LOL we liked it a lot and had it again for dinner! I am on a diet so it was perfect for me! Enjoy the good weather. It is very nice also in my part of the world!

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  14. Oh Kathy- how wise to make it during the day so you could get the great photos. Your pics are absolutely STUNNING !! You should be so pleased. Glad that you enjoyed it, even if you would tweak it for next time. It just wasn't enough of a hit in my house to revisit. I am crazy curious to know how the one Dorie was served tasted because I am certain I managed to fail at some level and would love to know what went south. Perhaps, as Cher said, it is just a week of too much white already. We had more snow this morning and I can not recall another winter when we had so many decent snowfalls for so long. Egad. Enjoy sunny Florida for as long as you can :)

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  15. Even if it's "only" 61, it's a great escape from the Northeast tundra. We had a foot of snow on Thursday and it's snowing again right now.. I wasn't a fan of this salad, but you are right about the dressing. That was the best part. I still have some to use on something... Hope you and Bill had a nice Valentine's Day. Enjoy Florida!!!!

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  16. So pretty Kathy with all the texture you don't need a lot of extra color. I hope it doesn't snow in Florida, there's nothing farther south, unless you leave the country :)

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  17. For 'just a salad,' you made it look spectacular! I loved (and live) your comment about the life of a blogger - lots of noon-time meals!! I think to kee it white for me, I would need some more intense flavors like Gorgonzola and pine nuts! Still, as a sidle salad it might be perfect! ~ David

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  18. Very lovely! But does this mean that if the weather keeps getting worse you next post will be from the equator?

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  19. I like this recipe and quite frankly I've hardly ever found a recipe that Dorie created that I don't like. I'm also a huge fan of Goat Cheese. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I wish I'd thought to put goat cheese on the salad - that would have boosted the flavor a bit! As it was, we found this to be a bit bland.

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  21. Kathy, I would definitely serve this salad with a meal. I am glad I saw it, I will try it out soon. I am always on a lookout for new ways to serve fresh vegetables. We are cutting back on meat and are eating 4-6 servings of vegetable sides for some of our meals. This salad could be a good addition. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Your hubs would have been in the minority of salad lovers - not even the gals scored this one well. Me, I kinda liked it. I admire your patience at shaving the celery. I read that and thought, "No way!"

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