Help! I think I’m drowning… Waldorf Salad with Napa Cabbage & Creamy Champagne Dressing

This Waldorf salad needed help, it didn’t ask me for it, but I thought  I could hear the apples yelling out: “H-E-L-P”  as they drowned in a pool of mayonnaise.

Come to think about it, I need help!  We all need help, whether we want to admit it or not.

Why is it that some people refuse to ask for help?  There they are … drowning … drifting off from shore, but they refuse to admit they need to be rescued.

Is it that by asking for help we feel that we have waved the flag and admitted defeat?

Maybe we think that we are suppose to be able to do everything well , that we can handle it, get it done … with grace … all on our own.

Maybe it’s the fear of asking for help and being rejected.  Perhaps it’s the thought of exposing our weaknesses and being vulnerable enough to let others in.

What if we let them in,  let them see what’s been buried deep in the vegetable drawer, and they judge us?  Even worse still is the idea of asking for help and then having to follow through with the advice … What if I ask for help, and then still don’t change?

I will be the first to admit it … I need help.  I cannot do it on my own, nor do I want to.  I need help in every area of my life.  If you want to grow, to be more than you are today – you have to ask for help,  and then be willing to do the work…   I recently asked Andrew from Blog Tutor for help.  I gave him my passwords and let him see all that I was hiding deep in my WordPress vegetable drawer.   He was gentle and kind in his response, but I’m positive he was in his office  laughing , trying to figure out what I had done in organizing my files.  The “fix it” list is long, but at least I know now where to start, and I know Andrew is willing to help.  I also hired a trainer to push me at the gym because I need help reaching higher fitness goals.  She asked me if I like push ups … I said, ” yes” , but in my head I added …”I like Cheez-Its more”.   I still need help teaching my 7 year old son how to aim into the toilet, and if you have any advice on communicating effectively with teenage girls – I’m all ears.

This low calorie version of a Waldorf salad is for us – since I know we both need help choosing salad over grilled cheese… at least on  Monday.

Waldorf Salad with Napa Cabbage and creamy balsamic dressing

serves 4

2 ribs of celery – sliced thinly

4 cups of Napa cabbage -thinly cut with a knife or on a mandolin

2 cups of purple cabbage – thinly cut with a knife or on a mandolin

2 Red Delicious apples – cored and cut into matchsticks or thin slices

1/8 cup bacon crumbles

1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces

  • In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients and toss lightly with the desired amount of Creamy Champagne dressing.


Creamy Champagne Dressing 

¼ cup Champagne vinegar

½ of a Small Shallot- finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons of Dijon Mustard

1 Garlic Clove – minced

1 Tablespoon of honey

½- Cup of Grape Seed oil / neutral oil

1/4 cup thick Greek yogurt – plain

Salt and Pepper  (approx 1 teaspoon salt &  ½ teaspoon black pepper)

  • In a small jar with a lid combine – Champagne vinegar, Shallot, Dijon, Garlic, Honey, Grape Seed oil, yogurt, and Salt & Pepper
  • Shake well and chill.


10 comments… add one
  • Lana January 31, 2012, 2:12 am

    Louise, I am with you on this one:) My daughter was patient for about 30 seconds and helped me with a small thing on my blog, but I know that I need help:)
    I hate push-ups and have never been able to execute one properly. On the other hand, I love “planks” and I do several during a day. I dragged my weights from the closet and blew up the balance ball. So I am all ready!
    I love your take on Waldorf salad – for some reason I rarely think of eating salads for a meal, but this one is doable, as I usually have all the ingredients handy.
    Cannot help you with the aiming task, as I have no male offspring, and talking to teenage girls is worse than looking at a page full of HTML:) Good luck!

    • Chef Louise Mellor February 2, 2012, 4:37 am

      i’m totally afraid to meet with the trainer, she is ripped lean and awesome! yikes!

  • Sarah Olson January 31, 2012, 5:31 am

    Beautiful photos, I would have no problem choosing that over grilled cheese!

    • Chef Louise Mellor February 2, 2012, 4:36 am

      i would still have the grilled cheese with a side of salad…lol

  • Renee Fontes February 1, 2012, 11:18 pm

    I’m choosing all three. Help, the salad and grilled cheese.
    Beautiful post Louise!

  • sippitysup February 2, 2012, 3:58 am

    I bet the push ups were more fun than trying to know all the unknowable stuff that makes a blog tick… Yours is fab. So no worries. Right? GREG

    • Chef Louise Mellor February 2, 2012, 4:36 am

      my site is slowly coming along, the transition from Satisfied wasn’t smooth… i bake cookies for a living- SEO, title tags… not so much!

  • Kitchen Runway February 2, 2012, 8:22 am

    Such a beautiful salad and I love that even those the dressing is light – it can still be creamy! I need Andrew’s help pronto and a trainer too while I’m at it!

  • Stephanie February 3, 2012, 1:59 am

    How much yogurt goes in the dressing?

    • Chef Louise Mellor February 3, 2012, 2:16 am

      yikes! thank you, 1/4 -1/2 cup depending on how creamy you would like it…

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