I bet you’ve come here today hoping for a French Fridays with Dorie St Valentine’s Day themed recipe… Well sorry to disappoint you this week but we’re making salad (Hélène’s all-white salad, p 108). Salad for St Valentine’s Day? Well yes, I mean if you celebrate, you’ll need something fresh to counter all that chocolate you’re going to be eating, right? The surprising thing about this salad is that it’s all one tone – white(ish) – and whilst that might sound odd to deliberately not make a colourful plate (one of the most appealing things about salads, for me, is the colour contrast you can achieve depending on your ingredients), I actually think it’s really pretty.
Apples, celery, cabbage and mushrooms form the base of this salad and it’s topped with a lemon-Greek yoghurt dressing. I added thinly sliced zucchini to my plate just because and I like the contrast between the dark green of the skin and the paleness of the other ingredients. When I served this the second time around (I halved the recipe but it still made loads!), I added sliced, blanched almonds and crumbled goat’s cheese and it really made for a meal in a bowl. I know Mr Neil wasn’t impressed with this week’s offering but I’ll be remembering this when I’m in Paris this summer – it’s the perfect meal for one!
You can find Dorie’s recipe for the all-white salad here.
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