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16 Aug

Simple Celery and Almond Salad

celery saladCelery 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:

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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:

celery leaves

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

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.

celery salad

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  1. Sounds Awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

    Scott wrote on August 16th, 2009
    • imma try this. maybe add some chicken.

      BurritoKid wrote on August 16th, 2009
  2. 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!

    Lisa Zawrotny wrote on August 16th, 2009
  3. Looks too good to be that simple… what’s the catch?? :D

    Bianca wrote on August 16th, 2009
  4. Comment

    Terry Gilmore wrote on August 16th, 2009
  5. mmmmm, going to make this tonight with some grilled chicken!

    PrimalJewishAmericanPrincess wrote on August 16th, 2009
  6. I know what’s on the menu this week!

    musajen wrote on August 16th, 2009
  7. Great to find another use for celery besides lathering it up with peanutbutter (yuk!)…almondsbetter.

    cwdana wrote on August 16th, 2009
  8. Too bad I dislike celery so much. Other than the celery, the salad looks great!

    Annika wrote on August 16th, 2009
  9. Even I could make that. Thanks.

    Aido wrote on August 16th, 2009
  10. Definitely sounds good with salmon…mmmm

    Denise Rodriguez wrote on August 16th, 2009
  11. Brilliant!

    Kathy wrote on August 16th, 2009
  12. This sounds much better than the average celery stick w/almond butter!

    Evan wrote on August 16th, 2009
  13. How about adding a little apple and raisins, kind of a spin on a waldorf salad.

    jimbo wrote on August 16th, 2009
  14. 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

    Murat wrote on August 16th, 2009
  15. 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…

    Adam Kayce wrote on August 16th, 2009
  16. 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.

    McKenna wrote on August 16th, 2009
  17. Sounds simple and refreshing. Gotta get my celery on!

    Jason wrote on August 16th, 2009
  18. Another recipe to add to the recipe book!

    Blake wrote on August 16th, 2009
  19. I heart easy recipes.

    Richard Coffey wrote on August 16th, 2009
  20. That looks AMAZING! I’ve got to get away from eating salad out of the bag. Nobody likes salad straight from the bag! =(~

    Chris H. wrote on August 16th, 2009
  21. I love celery!

    amandamarie wrote on August 16th, 2009
  22. Not very appealing to me, I’m afraid.

    juno61 wrote on August 16th, 2009
  23. 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.)

    Josh Roman wrote on August 16th, 2009
    • I buy them pre-sliced in the store… they’re actually cheaper per pound than whole ones so that’s probably your best bet.

      FlyNavyWife wrote on August 16th, 2009
  24. Too bad celery tastes extremely bitter to me.

    damnregistering wrote on August 16th, 2009
  25. Hey, Mark, did you arrange that yourself? Good job if you did!

    Karin wrote on August 16th, 2009
  26. Mmmm… Fish oil

    MikeB wrote on August 16th, 2009
  27. Never been a fan of C elery, except with peanut butter, and even then I always thought bleh.

    lobo21nyy wrote on August 16th, 2009
  28. 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.

    South Beach Steve wrote on August 16th, 2009
  29. 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.

    Tricia wrote on August 16th, 2009
  30. Looks tasty! Now that’s a healthy salad!

    Josh C wrote on August 16th, 2009
  31. lookin good

    Kevin Croke wrote on August 16th, 2009
  32. 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.

    Jeffrey K wrote on August 16th, 2009
  33. 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.

    Sharon wrote on August 16th, 2009
  34. 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.

    Elana wrote on August 16th, 2009
  35. I’m not a big fan of celery but I just might try this.

    DaveFish wrote on August 16th, 2009
  36. This is my kind of recipe, simple! Wish I had some parsley around.

    Dave B wrote on August 16th, 2009
  37. 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!

    Ninja Mom wrote on August 16th, 2009
  38. looks good

    Rob wrote on August 16th, 2009
  39. Anything with almonds gets my vote. I must try this.

    maba wrote on August 16th, 2009
  40. Great recipe.
    Glad to see another creative use for celery.

    AJP wrote on August 16th, 2009

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