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August 16, 2009

Simple Celery and Almond Salad

By Worker Bee
242 Comments

Celery has never really enjoyed the starring role in dishes that other vegetables do. It’s not that celery isn’t worthy. The vegetable is inexpensive, stays fresh for weeks, has a mild and pleasing flavor, a nice crunch and is a great source of vitamins and fiber. But it’s sort of the Chris Cooper of the kitchen, always an amazing supporting actor but never a leading man.

With this salad, celery finally gets to be the star. You’ll be surprised how tasty the crisp, clean flavor of celery is, especially during the hot days of summer. The leaves on the top of a celery stalk are usually discarded and this is a shame. Filled with vitamin C, calcium and a lot flavor, the leaves can be added to the salad as well. Almonds are a key ingredient, adding the richness that celery lacks. The parsley dressing adds additional flavor and fat. These ingredients are incredibly easy to find at any grocery store and take only a few minutes to toss together. The recipe is a simple way to both stay on track and try something new during the Primal Blueprint Health Challenge.

Though keep in mind that while this celery salad can be a quick and satisfying afternoon snack, it doesn’t necessarily add up to a full meal. You’ll want to pair it with some serious protein. Last week, wild caught Alaskan salmon was mentioned as a great source of Omega 3’s. It’s also the perfect protein to serve alongside this salad. Crunchy, light celery with rich, fatty salmon hits all the right flavor notes.

Ingredients:

1 bunch (12-15 stalks) celery, plus leaves
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
salt and pepper

Directions:

Chop the celery stalks and leaves into bite-sized pieces. Mix together with almonds.

Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Drizzle dressing on top of celery and almonds and stir well. Makes approximately 4 servings.


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Scott
Scott
7 years 1 month ago

Sounds Awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

BurritoKid
BurritoKid
7 years 1 month ago

imma try this. maybe add some chicken.

Lisa Zawrotny
Lisa Zawrotny
7 years 1 month ago

I was literally just eyeballing the celery in my fridge before I read this and thinking “hmmm, but I’m not in the mood for cream cheese or nut butter with it”. Nice recipe!

Bianca
7 years 1 month ago

Looks too good to be that simple… what’s the catch?? 😀

Terry Gilmore
Terry Gilmore
7 years 1 month ago

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PrimalJewishAmericanPrincess
PrimalJewishAmericanPrincess
7 years 1 month ago

mmmmm, going to make this tonight with some grilled chicken!

musajen
musajen
7 years 1 month ago

I know what’s on the menu this week!

cwdana
cwdana
7 years 1 month ago

Great to find another use for celery besides lathering it up with peanutbutter (yuk!)…almondsbetter.

Annika
7 years 1 month ago

Too bad I dislike celery so much. Other than the celery, the salad looks great!

Aido
Aido
7 years 1 month ago

Even I could make that. Thanks.

Denise Rodriguez
Denise Rodriguez
7 years 1 month ago

Definitely sounds good with salmon…mmmm

Kathy
Kathy
7 years 1 month ago

Brilliant!

Evan
Evan
7 years 1 month ago

This sounds much better than the average celery stick w/almond butter!

jimbo
jimbo
7 years 1 month ago

How about adding a little apple and raisins, kind of a spin on a waldorf salad.

Murat
Murat
7 years 1 month ago

I have discovered the joy of celery after having gone Primal. I love it as a company to my morning omelet, and now I have something new (and promising) to try. Celery possesses some hidden virtues too 😉
Murat

Adam Kayce
7 years 1 month ago

Celery? Really? That’s one I’ve yet to embrace, I have to admit. My wife loves it, though. Maybe she’ll convert me one of these days…

McKenna
7 years 1 month ago

A recipe I enjoy with celery (even better accompanied with onions) is to dice em’ up, fry them in with my (nitrate-free) bacon and eggs and add some mustard (Guilden’s Spicy Brown) to the end result.

Jason
Jason
7 years 1 month ago

Sounds simple and refreshing. Gotta get my celery on!

Blake
Blake
7 years 1 month ago

Another recipe to add to the recipe book!

Richard Coffey
Richard Coffey
7 years 1 month ago

I heart easy recipes.

Chris H.
Chris H.
7 years 1 month ago

That looks AMAZING! I’ve got to get away from eating salad out of the bag. Nobody likes salad straight from the bag! =(~

amandamarie
amandamarie
7 years 1 month ago

I love celery!

juno61
juno61
7 years 1 month ago

Not very appealing to me, I’m afraid.

Josh Roman
Josh Roman
7 years 1 month ago

Any good way to slice almonds from whole? I’ve got a grinder that does a good job at turning them into flour, but nothing to slice them (save a chef’s knife that would make it a dangerous and time-consuming job.)

FlyNavyWife
7 years 1 month ago

I buy them pre-sliced in the store… they’re actually cheaper per pound than whole ones so that’s probably your best bet.

damnregistering
damnregistering
7 years 1 month ago

Too bad celery tastes extremely bitter to me.

Karin
Karin
7 years 1 month ago

Hey, Mark, did you arrange that yourself? Good job if you did!

MikeB
MikeB
7 years 1 month ago

Mmmm… Fish oil

lobo21nyy
7 years 1 month ago

Never been a fan of C elery, except with peanut butter, and even then I always thought bleh.

South Beach Steve
7 years 1 month ago

This looks great! I love celery, and I am happy to see you using most of the stalk. It seems that too many people throw away the great leaves.

Tricia
Tricia
7 years 1 month ago

Thanks for this recipe – I always seem to have leftover celery – you know how you buy it for a recipe that calls for 1/2 c – then what to do with the leftovers? I’m always looking for ways to up the veggies.

Josh C
Josh C
7 years 1 month ago

Looks tasty! Now that’s a healthy salad!

Kevin Croke
Kevin Croke
7 years 1 month ago

lookin good

Jeffrey K
Jeffrey K
7 years 1 month ago

Great! I hate watching the bunch of celery purchased for the one stalk needed in a recipe, to wilt away in the fridge. Now I have a use for it. And it looks very tasty too.

Sharon
Sharon
7 years 1 month ago

I have the lemons, parsley and olive oil. Just ran out of celery and almonds. They are now on my grocery list. Yum. A combo of many of my favorite things.

Elana
Elana
7 years 1 month ago

Mmm, that looks good! I bet it would also taste really great with some shredded roast chicken! I love celery for the crunch it adds to things, not to mention the water content and fiber.

DaveFish
DaveFish
7 years 1 month ago

I’m not a big fan of celery but I just might try this.

Dave B
Dave B
7 years 1 month ago

This is my kind of recipe, simple! Wish I had some parsley around.

Ninja Mom
Ninja Mom
7 years 1 month ago

That looks great! I usually have a few stray stalks laying around wishing they could have been included – now I know what to do with them. Thanks for the recipe!

Rob
Rob
7 years 1 month ago

looks good

maba
maba
7 years 1 month ago

Anything with almonds gets my vote. I must try this.

AJP
AJP
7 years 1 month ago

Great recipe.
Glad to see another creative use for celery.

BestSelf
BestSelf
7 years 1 month ago

Wow – it does sound simple and wonderful. I bet it would be good with walnuts, too.

Matt
Matt
7 years 1 month ago

looks delicious

Brian Robertson
Brian Robertson
7 years 1 month ago

Celery…you mean the side dish that goes with buffalo wings?

Agnieszka
7 years 1 month ago

Another lovely mix. I imagine a handful of cherry pieces or pomegranate bits would jive with the salad as well.

FlyNavyWife
7 years 1 month ago

This would be a good recipe to let preschool kids make themselves for a snack with some picture-instructions.

Adith
Adith
7 years 1 month ago

This salad looks delicious!

GeriMorgan
7 years 1 month ago

This is pretty nice, but I’m not much of a celery fan – hence its use mainly as a supporting cast member whenever I eat it. Part of it’s the flavor; part of it’s the fact that it can be difficult (and, in fact, rather painful) to chew.

Linda
Linda
7 years 1 month ago

I’ve never thought about making celery the main ingredient in a salad before. This looks great.

Heather
Heather
7 years 1 month ago

Looks wonderfully crunchy. I can’t wait to try this one!

Geoff
Geoff
7 years 1 month ago

Perfect. Love the lemon. I’m having this one tonight with some grilled fish!

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