Make Ahead

Celery & Blue Cheese Salad

August  8, 2022
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Photo by ForeignFlavors
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This salad comes together in minutes and is perfect for those hot summer nights when you don’t want to cook because the kitchen is already a sauna. It can go on the side or be “bulked up” for a meal on its own by adding more chickpeas and even incorporating some quinoa or orzo (though that does require turning on the stove).

While the salad is simple and easy to pull together, it’s not universally loved. There’s a 1/2 cup of blue cheese, which means if you don’t like blue cheese, you are going to hate this salad. Blue cheese can be a polarizing ingredient, so plan your diners accordingly. But, for those who love blue cheese, this salad features it in a punchy and pure way.

The celery and herbs bring in freshness, the nuts add a crunch, and the dressing adds depth and compliments the nuttiness and funk of the blue cheese. Finally, the raisins balance everything out. The peas are honestly there because I like peas, so it’s up to you if you want to swap those out, and the chickpeas add enough heft to the salad to turn it into a meal. —ForeignFlavors

What You'll Need
  • For the salad
  • 1 Head of Celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup Almonds and/or Walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1/4 cup Fresh parsley and/or dill leaves
  • 1/2 cup Cooked Chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup Cooked Peas (frozen or fresh)
  • For the dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  1. To prepare the dressing, zest and juice the lemon into a small bowl. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and whisk together.
  2. In a large bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients together. Pour the dressing on top and toss until coated. Season with additional salt & pepper to taste.
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