*Recipe Note: Use capers that are brined, not packed in salt —joannE.
Test Kitchen Notes
This is a quick, beautiful-looking salad that can be made any time of the year whenever you need a delicious side. All you need is some celery, red onion, garlic, and capers, with a simple dressing of olive oil and red wine vinegar, plus fresh oregano and parsley. It's a great answer to when you're trying to figure out what to do with all that celery in your fridge. Feel free to add some chicken, shrimp, or scallops to make it a heartier meal. Or include it on a meat sandwich to get a bright and colorful crunch. Use whatever herbs and seasonings you have on hand to really make this salad into one of your favorites. We love the addition of briny capers, which makes this salad stand out from the rest, but try with chopped green olives, artichokes, even anchovies too if you're not the biggest capers fan.
A few simple steps, and your salad will be ready to go, and the best part is you can make it ahead of time. Pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours, freeing up the kitchen if you need to make another dish or entrée, and it'll be ready to go whenever you need it. The flavors will marry even more the longer it sits. Also be sure to taste as you go, as a whole raw red onion may be a little too pungent, so feel free to scale back as you see fit. Regardless, you're going to love this simple salad that you'll find yourself making time and time again! —The Editors
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Marinated Celery Salad
celery (about 10 stalks)
medium red onion, thinly sliced
garlic cloves, finely chopped
red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons
capers, coarsely chopped
red pepper flakes
In This Recipe
Cut the celery stalks on the bias into ½-inch slices. Coarsely chop the leaves. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the onion, garlic, vinegar, oil, capers, oregano, parsley, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes; toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 4. Toss again and serve!