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16 Aug

Simple Celery and Almond Salad

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

    BestSelf wrote on August 16th, 2009
  2. looks delicious

    Matt wrote on August 16th, 2009
  3. Celery…you mean the side dish that goes with buffalo wings?

    Brian Robertson wrote on August 16th, 2009
  4. Another lovely mix. I imagine a handful of cherry pieces or pomegranate bits would jive with the salad as well.

    Agnieszka wrote on August 16th, 2009
  5. This would be a good recipe to let preschool kids make themselves for a snack with some picture-instructions.

    FlyNavyWife wrote on August 16th, 2009
  6. This salad looks delicious!

    Adith wrote on August 16th, 2009
  7. 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.

    GeriMorgan wrote on August 16th, 2009
  8. I’ve never thought about making celery the main ingredient in a salad before. This looks great.

    Linda wrote on August 16th, 2009
  9. Looks wonderfully crunchy. I can’t wait to try this one!

    Heather wrote on August 16th, 2009
  10. Perfect. Love the lemon. I’m having this one tonight with some grilled fish!

    Geoff wrote on August 16th, 2009
  11. I always find celery boring so at least I can try this and make it more interesting

    Graeme wrote on August 16th, 2009
  12. Looks delicious.

    Luke wrote on August 16th, 2009
  13. I’ve got to admit… not a big celery fan. Maybe Geoff has it figured out, fish might be the thing to have with this.

    Sam wrote on August 16th, 2009
  14. Looks great. I’ll give it a try.

    Andreas wrote on August 16th, 2009
  15. I like celery, but I’ve never seen it take center stage this way–looks great, and a perfect, light salad for this time of year!

    Catalina wrote on August 16th, 2009
  16. Perfect! I never know what to do with the leftover 8 stalks of celery when i use one or two for soup stock! YUMMY!

    darcey blue wrote on August 16th, 2009
  17. Yum yum.

    Dan wrote on August 16th, 2009
  18. I wish celery was more available here in Finland, looks good!

    Halo wrote on August 16th, 2009
  19. ( > )

    that’s a fish. in a capsule. genius! clearly i need more omega 3s!

    ======>
    that’s a celery!

    gwen wrote on August 16th, 2009
  20. I’m not huge on celery, but I eat few salads that don’t have almonds on them.

    J Turnage wrote on August 16th, 2009
  21. pretty good, celery can be boring otherwise

    Shazkar wrote on August 16th, 2009
  22. well my fish didn’t come out right for some reason. sorry for double comments, i’m not cheating to get the fish oil. i just want to correct the fish:
    >
    thank you

    gwen wrote on August 16th, 2009
  23. I’ll have to try this during the week.

    Chris wrote on August 16th, 2009
  24. I am weaning myself off carbs and suggestions like this are keeping me on track. Will be in the work lunchbox tomorrow for sure..

    Darren wrote on August 16th, 2009
  25. looks so simple! but good just what i like!! thanks

    gertiep10 wrote on August 16th, 2009
  26. I also am looking for a way to slice almonds at home, Im going to try the slicing blade on the food processor.

    I’ll let you know

    Eric Ward wrote on August 16th, 2009
  27. Looks tasty!

    DenverDavid wrote on August 16th, 2009
  28. Wow, that is a clean refreshing salad!

    Thank you for sharing it.

    JeT wrote on August 16th, 2009
  29. Looks nice, cool and refreshing for a hot August afternoon!

    Brian wrote on August 16th, 2009
  30. hmm, and I jut got a whole bunch of celery yesterday that I wondered how I would use.

    Eric B wrote on August 16th, 2009
  31. Great recipe. I always have celery in the fridge and usually don’t use it as much of it as I’d like to. Now I have no excuse!

    Ryan Price wrote on August 16th, 2009
  32. Fish pills are good surely I’ll win one of these contests!!

    dennis wrote on August 16th, 2009
  33. sounds great.

    micha wrote on August 16th, 2009
  34. celery root, celery leaves, celery stalks, a very versatile vegetable

    jalense wrote on August 16th, 2009
  35. ah some “de vany testosterone booster”…celery is good stuff.

    Mark wrote on August 16th, 2009
  36. Celery & almonds are such a good flavor combination.

    Karl T wrote on August 16th, 2009
  37. Love celery, love almonds-perfect!

    Stiah wrote on August 16th, 2009
  38. Yumm-o!!

    Chelsea wrote on August 16th, 2009
  39. Another new recipe to add to the file!

    Sean wrote on August 16th, 2009
  40. Wow, this is exactly what I do except that I add in some tuna!

    Martin P wrote on August 16th, 2009

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