Today´s recipe for the French Fridays with Dorie group is “Hélène´s All-White Salad”.
This is a recipe for a true winter salad with humble ingredients such as celery ribbons, tart Granny Smith apple slices, white mushrooms and shredded Napa cabbage.
This salad recipe was created by one of Dorie Greenspan´s friends, Hélène Samuel, who used to own a Café in Paris, France.
The dressing for this salad is a yogurt vinaigrette, essentially a mayonnaise, it consists of an egg yolk, Greek yogurt, sea salt, freshly ground pepper and good-quality olive oil. The finishing touch on the salad is a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Since I like the white-on-white effect of this recipe and to stay true with the color theme, next time I prepare a white winter salad, it would be interesting to use lovely fresh endives instead of the shredded Napa cabbage or maybe shaved kohlrabi instead of the apple. The yogurt dressing would be nice with those vegetables as well, it seems substantial enough to stand up to all kinds of healthy winter fare. A bit of shaved Pecorino Romano would also add a nice boost of flavor to this salad.
As it is Valentine´s Day today, I baked some heart-shaped soft pretzels to go with the salad. Happy Valentine´s Day to all of you!
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If you happen to own Dorie Greenspan´s book “Around my French Table”, you will find the recipe for “Hélène´s All-White Salad” on pages 108-109.