Hélène’s All-White Salad #FrenchFridayswithDorie

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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.
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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.

Comments

  1. Salad with mushroom..looks really lovely.

  2. All white salad’s good but it certainly needs color , bacon perhaps ?! lol Wonderful photos as always , Lizzy ! And Happy Valentine’s Day :D

  3. Kinda the same color as my yard right now:@)

  4. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I am with you on colors and salad, Lizzy. I don’t think I’d make this recipe just for the blah factor. At least you tried it and I’m curious what the rest of the group thought!! Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet lady! xx

  5. Ohhh rica ensalada saludable Feliz dìa del amor ,saludos y abrazos.

  6. Oh this would be perfect for a Dîner en Blanc :)

  7. If you can’t make this look & sound delicious, no one can!

    Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

  8. Oh my, love that there is not a hint of green in your salad, all white success! I am sorry it was not liked at all in your home. Strangely, I kinda enjoyed the raw white mushroom…..

  9. Ditto, what Susan said. Maybe if we all used Mardi’s blue cheese we would have been happier.

    XO

  10. Oh, I hate making mayo. I made it for this recipe, but the entire time I was wondering if it would taste just as good with store bought. Of course, the home made was better, but if I make this salad combo again it will probably be topped with a quickly made vinnaigrette.

  11. This salad certainly is beautiful! I’m sorry you didn’t love it though. It’s always a bummer to try a new recipe and not enjoy it as much as you hoped.

  12. Actually, Liz….I would LOVE this salad. It’s strange, but I kind of like a monochromatic look in food. And truthfully, I welcome a change from a traditional green salad. I would happily have been your taste tester! : )

  13. I have never had a white salad… but I would love to try it. :) Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  14. The salad looks super yummy!

  15. You know you win some and you loose some maybe this wasn’t one to blow you away as a main dish but I am sure it makes a lovely side dish to something else that is bright and colourful maybe a tomato based pasta dish. I still think this sounds really nice but being a vegetarian I am always looking for new ways to enjoy my salad.

  16. Your photos are beautiful Lizzy! Sorry this wasn’t a big hit at your house. I ate mine for lunch and added some goat cheese to it…I thought it quite good! It would also be good as a side salad served beside some salmon or steak!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  17. I am on a diet at the moment so the salad was the perfect pick for this week. Strangely enough I liked it but I did play around it quite a bit! Happy Valentine’s!!

  18. I’ve never tried an all-white salad but like you, I usually go for salads with more color.

  19. And an ‘all-white’ meal is difficult to photograph too. But…you might want to hang on to this recipe because if you ever get your teeth whitened, they tell you you have to eat white food for a couple of days post procedure. This is perfect! xx

  20. The color doesn’t jump out at you but the ingredients sound good!

  21. I’ve been eye balling this white salad for some time so I’m thankful to hear your weren’t impressed with the flavors my kids will eat just about anything as long as it’s good! I guess its best to by pass this one for now! Have a wonderful weekend Liz!

  22. I’m with you on colorful salads. I saw this and instantly thought of Charlie Louie and there was her post saying just what I was thinking. Perfect for after tooth whitening. LOL

    I love the combination in this salad but I like more color.

  23. Salads need color! I probably will not try this recipe either, but I do like a good homemade mayo.

  24. A simple and lovely white salad!
    Have a great weekend, Liz.
    Angie

  25. I have nothing against pale salads.This one looks good enough to eat, Liz! :) ela

  26. I was surprised at how much I liked this one and with the meatiness of the mushrooms, I was happy to have it for supper tonight.

    Thinking of you and Bill.

  27. Liz, beautiful presentation of your winter white salad – we were not vowed by this recipe either but it was certainly pretty to look at.
    Whishing you and Bill all the best for the surgery and a very speedy recovery! All the very best and tons of good thoughts from all of us!!!

    Alles Liebe!
    Andrea

  28. Love this Lizzy:-)
    Hope you had a lovely day yesterday!
    xxx

  29. I like the above suggestion to add bacon. But really, if you are left to THAT then what are you saying really? This was a miss for me.

  30. We actually liked this one quite a bit. Guess that’s why there are so many different foods and recipes! Different strokes for different folks! I will be thinking of Bill and you and your family and hoping for all the best and a speedy recovery!

  31. We enjoy this salad, but I like to add a little color to it, and bacon. Wishing the best for you and your family, and a speedy recovery for Bill!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  32. I think it looks pretty darn elegant.

  33. Your salad looks very pretty, so sorry it was not a hit in your house. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you this week, and we wish Bill a speedy recovery.

  34. As usual your photos brought out the best of a even a colorless dish. Sorry it was not to your liking. You liked the mayo a little right? At least you got something out of it.

  35. It does look very elegant and French from your pictures! I’m a fan of colourful salads too – with add-ins. Sorry that this wasn’t a hit but never a fault in trying something new!

  36. There definitely is an elegance to this dish and I bet it was rather surprisingly flavourful too. Very pretty Liz. Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO

  37. I didn’t love this one either. However, contrary to Mary’s predictions, Howard was excited about this one. Unfortunately, he wasn’t home for dinner on Thursday when I made this, so he missed it. Have a great weekend.

  38. Same reaction- I was actually glad my kids weren’t home for this one. That said, your photos, as usual are stunning. You definitely made this look fresh and inviting. As usual :)

  39. It’s a nice idea, but I’m not sure I could resist throwing in a little pop of color! So fun that you guys are working your way through Dorie’s book. I did the Baking one, and it was such a great experience!

  40. Sorry this wasn’t a hit at your house, I’m usually a fan of colorful salads too but am usually open to trying new salads at least once:)

  41. LOL – at least Bill’s reaction was predictable – we’d have been worried if he loved this.

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