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An Apple and Celery Salad

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Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Celery and Apple Salad

They think I didn’t notice, but I saw my friends A and F skeptically eyeing my salad bowl as I madly chopped up my celery for Sweet, Salty, Crunchy, Zingy Apple and Celery Salad. Comments were made about celery, and frankly they were not flattering. The last of the mint from my garden went into the bowl, and some more words were spoken. People, these were not dinner guests anticipating something delicious.

I suppose if one is not familiar with fiveandspice's recipes, one might be permitted to question this recipe. But I have cooked many of her dishes, and I know her to be as solid as the post season Cardinals. 

The beauty of this salad is that you need not wash much and the only cutting involves apples and celery, and the rest of the time you’re shaking things: boxes of raisins, a bottle of your best olive oil, and a few other items. 

I was unable to find ricotta salata in Washington -- something about a recall at Whole Foods and also some general lameness of the grocery stores -- so I substituted some feta cheese, and omitted the capers because I figured that was enough salt. F commented that she actually prefers feta to ricotta salata, and I sort of agree. She said this as she proclaimed her love for this salad, and you will too. 

If you want to skip running around an entire city and enduring traffic circles and maybe at some point becoming very very sad in the cheese aisle and having people look at you, just use feta okay? 

This salad has this incredible crunch, with a little bit of tart from the apple and tad of bite from the cheese, with this delightful hint of mint mixed in here -- a complex bowl of flavors that takes exactly five minutes to put together and makes you feel sort of healthy and good about yourself, even if you eat it with a slab of barbecue and a slice of corn pudding approximately as big as a throw pillow. Just, you know, for example. 

You’re welcome.

 

Sweet, Salty, Crunchy, Zingy Apple and Celery Salad by fiveandspice

This recipe serves 4

2 cups celery, thinly sliced (on a bit of a diagonal)
1 sweet-tart apple, such as Braeburn or Pink Lady, cored and cut into smallish chunks
2 tablespoons (heaping) golden raisins
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon good olive oil
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
3 tablespoons (generous Tbs.) crumbled ricotta salata (or other fresh, salty cheese)

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.

Photo by Linda Xiao

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10 months ago Sue

My husband and I love this salad. It is so refreshing! This is a go -to salad for us. It's so easy, I always have the ingredients on hand. What more could I want?

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over 1 year ago I_Fortuna

This reminds me of the Waldorf salad only better. I love the use of ricotta or fresh cheese instead of mayo. Delicious! Fresh cheese can easily be made at home and this would be perfect. I see someone has homemade in their fridge. Also, love the blue cheese idea. We always have that on hand. Try Queso Fresco or make it at home, it is mild and delicious. Thanks again!

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almost 2 years ago mommychef

sunday dinner is over and the bowl is licked clean...and I've now made a 2nd batch because hubby wants some more for lunch tomorrow! (and to be honest, so do I)

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almost 2 years ago Marna

Soooooo good!! Of course, I didn't ricoot salta or feta in the cooler--weird because I make my own--but crumbled some bleu instead and hubby Kevin declared it an absolute keeper. He rarely raves about salad!

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almost 2 years ago Jestei

wow that sounds great never would have thought of bleu thanks!

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almost 2 years ago mommychef

delish! thank you!

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almost 2 years ago Jestei

so happy you liked it

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almost 2 years ago Rhonda35

What's up with dinner guests who offer negative commentary while you're cooking for them?? A and F owe you a floral arrangement, a case of wine or some other gesture of apology. :-) I'm going to whip up this salad as part of my no-cooking-needed Hurricane Sandy provisions.

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almost 2 years ago Jestei

oh no, they pay their friendship dues and then some! stay safe miss rhonda!

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almost 2 years ago Rhonda35

You too, Jenny!

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almost 2 years ago mcs3000

Made it tonite. Another winner. Thx, Jenny.

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almost 2 years ago Jestei

i am pleased you liked it!!!!!

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about 2 years ago mcs3000

Making this salad soon. ps. Have to comment on your baseball reference. Bye, bye Cards. It's Orange October.

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almost 2 years ago Jestei

yes. its all true.

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about 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Love this salad (as I do all of fiveandspice's recipes)! I fried the capers since I'm hooked on them right now and used 2 tablespoons feta, which was already in the fridge. Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe!

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almost 2 years ago Jestei

oh fried capers are the best. thanks for reminding me.

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about 2 years ago gt9

BTW, found crumbled ricotta salata at my local Trader Joe's (not that I was looking but it was right next to the feta) ...and of course I thought of your comments!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Hey! Thanks for giving my recipe a try Jenny...in spite of the celery! Which, actually, is kind of how I feel about celery too. I always have the really? oh but it's actually so good, internal dialogue thing going on.

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about 2 years ago Jestei

i love ALL your recipes!

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about 2 years ago gt9

Making this for lunch today. Fresh picked apples from the Apple House!
Thanks J!

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about 2 years ago Jestei

ohhhh so glad!

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about 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks wonderful - perfect for right now. But I think the recipe is fiveandspice's, but in the recipe header above it identifies it as drbabs?

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about 2 years ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

Just fixed that!

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about 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I love the flavours...and Jenny, I have friends like yours. Who doubt...but end up falling in love (or like) with the end result. Take comfort in this!

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about 2 years ago Jestei

i bet you would like this salad butterfly.