I typically love the visual appeal of a bright salad, with ruby red tomatoes, contrasting greens and along with colorful veggies. But Hélène’s All-White Salad was anything but that. Pale Napa cabbage, peeled Granny Smith Apples, sliced mushrooms and celery ribbons were a far cry from typical vibrant salad ingredients. And the pale yellow mayonnaise based dressing was not what I’d call dramatic when it comes to looks.
Dorie Greenspan’s friend, Hélène, created this “white” salad for the Le Bon Marché department store cafe in Paris. It’s striking in its own way…with its pale colors of celadon, cream, tan and yellow. Bill took one look at it in the fridge when he was rummaging for his dinner…and decided, in the name of altruism, to save it for Tom, who was stopping by for a late dinner. I did mention that Tom is not a fan of green salads…and that he should try a bite. After going through the ingredients, he was totally scared off. Exactly the response my fellow Dorista participant, Mary, predicted. Oh, well. This was a nice change of pace, and I always love making my own mayo, but unless I’m hosting one of those themed, all white menu meals, Hélène’s All-White Salad probably won’t make my menu rotation again soon. I just wasn’t wowed with this flavor combination.
This All-White Salad recipe can be found on Serious Eats.
To see what my fellow Doristas thought of this salad, check the LYL area of the French Fridays with Dorie website.