Refreshing Apple and Two Celery Salad for the Wintertime Blues

January  8, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4 small salads, but can be easily expanded
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

What You'll Need
  • 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
  • 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. Citrus Honey Dressing
  2. 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.
  1. Apple and Two Celery Salad
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. Enjoy!

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  • cowgirlculture
  • MyCommunalTable
  • TheWimpyVegetarian

16 Reviews

thirschfeld January 15, 2011
as I would have guessed, looks fabulous
TheWimpyVegetarian January 15, 2011
Thanks so much, Tom! And your Bar Salad looks just amazing!
lastnightsdinner January 15, 2011
Perfect. This is my kind of salad - love fennel, celery root, and especially the woefully underappreciated chervil!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 15, 2011
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!
cowgirlculture January 13, 2011
Looks yummy and love the dish!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 14, 2011
Thanks so much cowgirlculture! Hope you try it!
MyCommunalTable January 13, 2011
Love the honey and clementine juice in the dressing. Fennel is another great touch. Bravo!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 13, 2011
Thanks MCT! I use a honey clementine dressing on a massaged kale salad i do too. I love the combo!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 12, 2011
Thanks Sagegreen! I like the contrasting textures they provide.
Sagegreen January 12, 2011
Love your use of two celeries!
lapadia January 10, 2011
So many of my favorite flavors combined together, love this!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 10, 2011
Thanks lapadia!! Hope you like it if you try it!
Lizthechef January 10, 2011
Looks delicious, as usual!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 10, 2011
Thanks so much Liz!!
drbabs January 9, 2011
TheWimpyVegetarian January 9, 2011
Thanks drbabs!