Refreshing Apple and Two Celery Salad for the Wintertime Blues

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Author Notes: I think apples and celery go together like peanut butter and jelly. And I think apples and fennel go together like chocolate chip cookies and milk. So I decided to see what it would be like to combine all three and use both celery stalks and celery root, also known as celeriac. Since they're all roughly the same color, I prepped each of them into distinctly different shapes using a grater, mandoline and different slicing approaches. I wanted this to be a light side salad that would perk up a meal and perk up a cloudy, dreary, cold January day. So I put together a dressing that uses citrus juice, honey and a little cider vinegar to provide some depth. For herbs, I went with chervil and chives to provide some accents. You can eat this salad right away, but it gets better if you give the veggies a little sitting time in the dressing in the frig. TheWimpyVegetarian

Serves 4 small salads, but can be easily expanded

Citrus Honey Dressing

  • 2 tablespoon(s) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon(s) freshly squeezed juice from clementines (or navel oranges)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) honey
  • 1 teaspoon(s) apple cider vinegar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon(s) good quality olive oil
  1. Mix together all ingredients except the olive oil and whisk until the honey is completely absorbed into the juices and vinegar. Add the olive oil while whisking. Set aside until the salad is made.

Apple and Two Celery Salad

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 small celery root
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 small bulb fennel (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chervil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chives, minced
  • 2 teaspoon(s) red onion, small dice
  1. Peel the celery root with a sharp knife, removing the dirty outter covering and the first layer of surface, much of which may be pocked. Grate the celery root using a coarse, large holed grater. Sprinkle with a very light spritz of lemon juice and toss. You need 2/3 cup grated for the salad. Add to the apple matchsticks in a medium bowl.
  2. Thinly slice the celery stalks. I sliced them at an angle to give it a different shape in the salad. You should end up with about 2/3 cup of sliced celery. Add to the bowl with the celery root and apple.
  3. Slice off the bottom of the fennel root and remove any discolored outer stalks. Slice the remaining bulb on a mandoline, selecting the thinest slices possible. You should end up with about 1/3 cup for the salad. Add to the bowl with the other vegetables. (Don't care for fennel? No worries, just leave it out since it just gives a suggestion of fennel in the salad.)
  4. Toss the veggies together with the chervil, chives and red onion. Add the dressing and toss well. Refrigerate for 1 hour, ideally, so that the flavors have time to penetrate the veggies.
  5. Enjoy!

Tags: bright, light, Salads, Vegetarian

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

as I would have guessed, looks fabulous

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks so much, Tom! And your Bar Salad looks just amazing!


over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Perfect. This is my kind of salad - love fennel, celery root, and especially the woefully underappreciated chervil!

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks LND!! I don't see chervil used much and I love it in salads like this. You're right - the poor little guy is totally unappreciated!


over 4 years ago cowgirlculture

Looks yummy and love the dish!

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks so much cowgirlculture! Hope you try it!


over 4 years ago MyCommunalTable

Love the honey and clementine juice in the dressing. Fennel is another great touch. Bravo!

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks MCT! I use a honey clementine dressing on a massaged kale salad i do too. I love the combo!

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks Sagegreen! I like the contrasting textures they provide.


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Love your use of two celeries!


over 4 years ago lapadia

So many of my favorite flavors combined together, love this!

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks lapadia!! Hope you like it if you try it!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Looks delicious, as usual!

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks so much Liz!!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks drbabs!