Friday, February 14, 2014

Hèléne's All White Salad

Per Nana~

A big hit in our house.
 This week's all white salad turned out better than I expected.
 I'm not a fan of cabbage so I replaced the Napa cabbage with
 thinly sliced Romaine lettuce (white portion only).   
                         Thinly sliced white mushrooms and sliced celery worked perfectly. 
I thought about using thin slices of onion in the salad but decided to use only
 the ingredients Dorie suggested and leave my additions for another time.
The vinaigrette was so easy to prepare using my mini food processor. 
I have made fresh mayonnaise before and it can be a problem, but this was
 so easy. Yogurt is not something I enjoy but when blended with all the 
other ingredients, it made a wonderful dressing.  Hubby and I both 
enjoyed this wonderful little salad. 
Per Tricia~
Opposite reaction in our house, though I did find the dressing 
easy to make. Unfortunately we just were not fans of the overall taste.
 I used the Napa cabbage along with the other listed ingredients 
and the whole combo seemed to tart for us. 
Short and sweet, now on to next week's crepes. 
Spoiler alert- those crepes could be filled with Napa cabbage
 and we would still enjoy them - we love crepes !!

Happy French Friday
 Happy Valentine's Day !


  1. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, even though I found the dressing a little tart until it hit the apples. Lovely versions, both!

  2. Your split decision seems to be mirroring the trend of the general group this week. I'm with Nana in the minority "liked it" camp this week.

  3. Tricia and Nana: both your winter white salads look absolutely wonderful - mixed reactions at our house as well but I agree that the dressing was nice and easy to prepare and it is always nice to prepare some homemade mayonnaise/dressing. Some nice fresh cheese would probably be nice with this recipe.
    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine´s Day yesterday!

  4. I don't think I would do the crepes the injustice of filling them with cabbage :-)

    Hope you guys made out okay (and are fully powered) after this week's storm. It sounds like your area was hit with a lot of ice. No fun!

  5. I agree with share - no cabbage in the crepes ')

    Glad Nana enjoyed this, sorry you didn't Tricia. Hope you both have a wonderful Valentine's/President's Day weekend and that your weather improves. I'd be happy to send you some of our heat wave (90+ degrees) in exchange for some cooler temps!

  6. I'm on Team Tricia this week. And Nana, I'm not following how if you subbed out the cabbage you can still say you " decided to use only the ingredients Dorie suggested and leave my additions for another time."

  7. I liked the salad but I did change it a bit. The lack of celery lead me to fennel which proved to be a good choice and I skipped the yoghurt mayonnaise entirely!

  8. Nana I loved the dressing too. Tricia I can see how it was a bit tart... it's a flavor I like in the winter. Not for everyone.

  9. Ah well you can't win them all, right?! I thought the dressing was a revelation!

  10. Nana, I'm in your camp. We thought this was very good. Tricia, I can see your point too. It could get too tart pretty easily, especially if your Granny Smith's were really tart. I wish I had cut my apples in smaller pieces. In fact everything should have been in smaller pieces but still we enjoyed it. It was my first mayonnaise and I'm in love with it! Hope you ladies are keeping warm and aren't snowed in!

  11. Yeah, I didn't like this one either, Tricia, but glad that Nana did. I did like the dressing more than the overall salad. I'm looking forward to the crepes. I don't think I've made them since I was in high school. That was a LONG time ago. Hope you are making out OK with all the snow lately. Have a great week.

  12. LOL...crepes filled with Napa cabbage would really push Bill over the edge! Glad at least you enjoyed this, Nana :) Thanks for your good wishes for Bill! xo

  13. Surprising that Nana liked this while Tricia did not. I did find the dressing tart but enjoyed eating the mushrooms raw - first time!

  14. Oh no, I don't know if I should bother making this salad...hmmm...thanks for sharing the pros and cons ladies!

  15. Tricia, the platter you served this on is just gorgeous. Your comment about the crepes cracked me up :-) They can make anything taste good, can't they. Nana, I'm really glad you enjoyed this one. I actually think I would've liked it better with romaine.

  16. Hi Nana, ths one surpirsed me too - I liked it, but there was just too much of it. Tricia, I am with you on the crepes - yum!

  17. I think I’m in Nana’s camp on this one…I really enjoyed it for my lunch with some goat cheese on top. Tricia…sometimes we win…sometimes we lose! I’ve disliked many recipes on French Fridays…at least it wasn’t one of those expensive recipes, that wound up in the trash! Next week should be a winner for all of us! I love crepes and brought my crepe pan with me to Florida. I have already made two double batches for my grandsons…they loved them!

  18. Great idea to use Romaine lettuce instead of cabbage, Nana! I wonder if we would have liked this salad better that way. Although we also found the overall taste to be too tart...