Shaved Celery and Fennel Salad

March 13, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: I eat some version of this salad every day for lunch, but this is the version that I make for special occasions. When possible, I get celery for this recipe from the farmer's market. It's thinner, greener and leafier than your average grocery store celery, with an intense celery flavor. I'm addicted. The toasted celery seeds and hazelnuts work well with the cool vegetables. I add slices of blue cheese or avocado slices to the salad for my lunch or serve it as is as a side to roast chicken or fish. maryvelasquez

Food52 Review: This salad is great for winter or spring entertaining. Use a mandoline to get a very thin slice for the celery, radishes and fennel. The toasted spices and hazlenuts with the sherry-shallot vinaigrette create a spicy flavor you've never had with any other salad! I like a combination of both Dijon and grain mustard in the vinaigrette.cratecooking

Serves: 4


Shaved Celery and Fennel Salad

  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 4 stalks celery (at least one per person) with some of the leaves
  • 6 large radishes
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1/3 cup whole toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Shallot-Sherry Vinaigrette

  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard, dijon, whole grain, any kind really
  • salt, to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Core the fennel bulb and trim the celery stalks and radishes. Slice the fennel, celery and radishes as thinly as you like. I use the 1 mm blade of the food processor when cooking for a crowd.
  2. Gently pull the lettuce up into bite-sized pieces and add to a shallow bowl with the fennel, celery and radishes.
  3. Heat a small skillet until very hot. Add the celery seed and peppercorns and remove from heat. Toss the ingredients a little; they should be toasty and fragrant.
  4. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the celery seeds, peppercorns and coarse salt until grainy and well combined. Add the hazelnuts and crush lightly, just until they break into halves.
  5. Combine the chopped shallot, sherry vinegar, olive oil and mustard in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add salt to taste.
  6. Drizzle the shallot-sherry vinaigrette over the salad and toss. Season the salad with the toasted celery-seed peppercorn salt and hazelnuts. You won't need all of it. Taste to correct. Enjoy!

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Reviews (9) Questions (1)

9 Reviews

capers June 14, 2015
Yum. Made this last night and I'm back online today so I can send the link to one of my dinner guests!
drh October 24, 2014
Thanks so much! I'll be at the market first thing tomorrow with my list. Can't wait to try this!!
drh October 24, 2014
My family will just not touch radishes, but this salad looks divine. Can they be left out? Would this totally ruin the salad, or is there something I could substitute for their unnecessary dread of the innocent radish?
Author Comment
maryvelasquez October 24, 2014
Radishes can be left out. There is plenty of crunch without them. I mostly love them for their color.
Sally H. March 30, 2014
This salad was a refreshing perfect follow-up to - I added a couple of blood oranges.
ihaventpoisonedyouyet February 25, 2014
My daughter told me about this recipe and boy, am I glad that she did. The textures are great, there's a little bit of a bite from the radishes (used psychedelic radishes once for extra zip) and it's a great salad with just about anything. More work than I usually go through, but so worth it.
Author Comment
maryvelasquez March 2, 2014
Thanks for the nice feedback. It's a good time of year for these ingredients, no?
Barbara January 27, 2014
A winning salad. We loved it. The hazelnuts were a nice touch<br />
Dave. April 10, 2012
I've had this salad many times. It's delicious!