Apple and Celery Salad with Toasted Seeds

January 20, 2013
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This is a perfect throw-together dish when you don't have much in the fridge beyond the ordinary: apples and celery. Substitute raisins, currants or dried cherries for the grapes, if you like. One or the other is bound to be languishing in the pantry. Cubed fennel bulb and the feathery fronds make a nice addition, if you have them. Pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds. You'll find them packaged at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Be sure to toast extra—they make a nutritious and addictive snack. —Ann S

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup raw pepitas
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 1/4 cups cubed apple (sweet, or a mix of tart and sweet)
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves, cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup halved red grapes
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped arugula leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt
  1. Toast pepitas in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Shake the pan frequently while cooking to turn the seeds and prevent them from burning. Toast until seeds are spotted with golden-brown patches—this is what gives them flavor and crunch. Remove seeds from skillet and cool slightly.
  2. Toast mustard seeds and fennel seeds in the same skillet, until they become fragrant and fennel takes on a golden hue—less than one minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine three seeds, apple, celery, grapes, arugula, cilantro, walnut oil and vinegar in a bowl. Toss ingredients together to fully coat. Season with salt to taste and toss again.

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