Weeknight Cooking

An Apple and Celery Salad

October 22, 2012

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.

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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.




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Sue January 12, 2014
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?
I_Fortuna July 3, 2013
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!
mommychef October 28, 2012
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)
Marna October 28, 2012
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!
Jestei October 28, 2012
wow that sounds great never would have thought of bleu thanks!
mommychef October 28, 2012
delish! thank you!
Jestei October 28, 2012
so happy you liked it
Rhonda35 October 28, 2012
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.
Jestei October 28, 2012
oh no, they pay their friendship dues and then some! stay safe miss rhonda!
Rhonda35 October 28, 2012
You too, Jenny!
mcs3000 October 26, 2012
Made it tonite. Another winner. Thx, Jenny.
Jestei October 28, 2012
i am pleased you liked it!!!!!
mcs3000 October 25, 2012
Making this salad soon. ps. Have to comment on your baseball reference. Bye, bye Cards. It's Orange October.
Jestei October 25, 2012
yes. its all true.
BlueKaleRoad October 24, 2012
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!
Jestei October 25, 2012
oh fried capers are the best. thanks for reminding me.
gt9 October 23, 2012
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!
fiveandspice October 23, 2012
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.
Jestei October 23, 2012
i love ALL your recipes!
gt9 October 23, 2012
Making this for lunch today. Fresh picked apples from the Apple House!
Thanks J!
Jestei October 23, 2012
ohhhh so glad!
TheWimpyVegetarian October 22, 2012
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?
Kristy M. October 22, 2012
Just fixed that!
Kitchen B. October 22, 2012
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!
Jestei October 22, 2012
i bet you would like this salad butterfly.