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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.


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


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. AWESOME idea for celery! Especially with a simple lemon dressing. Looking forward to trying this tonight.

    sakecat22 wrote on August 16th, 2009
  2. Good thing I picked up at huge bunch of celery last night! Sounds delicious.

    Nicole wrote on August 16th, 2009
  3. No joke, I had no idea celery actually contained anything meaningful for my diet. I just bought almond butter the other day, now I have two reasons for trying celery once again. I usually resorted to throwing it in my veggie or chicken stock. Welcome back, Celery!

    Scott wrote on August 16th, 2009
  4. thanks for the lunch idea!

    Anders wrote on August 16th, 2009
  5. The great thing about the Primal Blueprint, reflected here and in the other recipes, is that you can eat pretty much anything, as long as it’s real food. The variety and diversity of “Primal approved” foodstuffs simply make it easier to eat the way we evolved to. Peace!

    Lewis wrote on August 16th, 2009
  6. Looks great – I don’t really like celery, though. But adding almonds is a nice idea.

    Felix wrote on August 16th, 2009
  7. fish oils!

    John wrote on August 16th, 2009
  8. i love almonds! this one is going to be good!

    joshua76 wrote on August 16th, 2009
  9. Ever since going primal, I’ve changed my typical snack from chips and salsa to organic celery cut into strips and dipped in either organic almond butter or, better yet, organic coconut butter. YUM!

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on August 16th, 2009
  10. Yay! I have all the ingredients on hand…giving this a try tonight.

    Amanda wrote on August 16th, 2009
  11. You say that celery stays good in the fridge “for weeks” – personally, I find this is only true if I cut the bottoms off and stick the stalks in a pitcher of water. Otherwise it goes “limp” within a few days, and that’s not a good thing. :-(

    gcb wrote on August 16th, 2009
  12. I’m almost out of fish oil!

    Ed wrote on August 16th, 2009
  13. Great presentation on this dish!

    psheahan wrote on August 16th, 2009
  14. Not big on parsley. Might try a different fresh herb.

    hilary wrote on August 16th, 2009
  15. Okay, I’m going to make this today since I have that celery in the fridge that I bought and needed 2 stalks of, and it’s just going to sit there til it turns brown or hell freezes over.

    Great timing!

    Sara6 wrote on August 16th, 2009
  16. great salad…. great omegas….. life is good……

    Marti wrote on August 16th, 2009
  17. Looks tasty. Will have to give it a try.

    David Tozzo wrote on August 16th, 2009
  18. I’m not good at mixing ingrediants to make a dressing….but i’ll try it again.

    David wrote on August 16th, 2009
  19. It’s nice to see celery as a main ingredient. I never know what to do with the rest of the bunch after I eat that one can of tuna!

    Roland wrote on August 16th, 2009
  20. This is random, but I was inspired to post here for the fish oil and that got me browsing the store, where I noticed that the daily recommended values in the Responsibly Slim nutrition facts section are a bit off: unless we’re supposed to get 2,000 to 2,500 grams of fat a day, I think we’ve got a column or two misaligned there.

    That’d be about 450 eggs, by the way. Yum!

    Rob wrote on August 16th, 2009
  21. Totally going to make this tomorrow – thanks for the easy and awesome recipes that even I can make here in Argentina!

    Autumn wrote on August 16th, 2009
  22. I just made a carrot, pear, cilantro salad, and man it was delish! Topped with wild salmon and Mrs. Dash.

    Should have added some slivered almonds…

    George wrote on August 16th, 2009
  23. I’ll have to try this next time I get my hands on some celery!

    Andreas Larsson wrote on August 16th, 2009
  24. thanks :)

    Now I know what to do with the leftover celery in my fridge

    John Park wrote on August 16th, 2009
  25. Looking forward to trying this one!

    jtkeith wrote on August 16th, 2009
  26. Looks fresh and tasty…will have to try!

    Jessica wrote on August 16th, 2009
  27. How do you slice you own almonds? lb/lb, whole almonds are cheaper than sliced or slivered ones (obviously because less work went into producing them), so how can I do it myself?

    Trevor Clack wrote on August 16th, 2009
  28. Thanks for another great recipe!

    Rodney wrote on August 16th, 2009
  29. I like celery

    Holly wrote on August 16th, 2009
  30. Easy college food. Sweet.

    Glenn McElfresh wrote on August 16th, 2009
  31. Love crunchy crisp celery – will have to try it

    grainfreegirl wrote on August 16th, 2009
  32. Hmm… A celery based salad. Sounds great!

    Paul Gray wrote on August 16th, 2009
  33. I usual just put hot sauce on it.

    KevinC wrote on August 16th, 2009
  34. I bet that would be good with some canned Salmon mixed in too.

    Dave wrote on August 16th, 2009
  35. Thanks for this Mark! I’d always thought celery was a bit of a non-veg- iceberg lettuce plus some useless fibre, no nutrients to speak of. But inspired by this recipe and having whacked it through ‘Nutrition Data’ I found that it’s nothing to be sneezed at. Appreciable amounts of vitamin A, C and potassium and next to no carbs- 5 net carbs per 300g, and who’s going to eat 300g of celery?

    Dave Moss wrote on August 16th, 2009
  36. Thanks for the new snack idea!!! Love it.

    Karen wrote on August 16th, 2009
  37. Ooh, we’re doing a little primal challenge at my house this week. Maybe I’ll have to give this a try!

    AlainaOfArc wrote on August 16th, 2009
  38. Looks good! Thanks for the step-by-step pics you offer!


    Julie wrote on August 16th, 2009
  39. This one looks great. Coriander instead of parsley will pump it up.

    CF_IL wrote on August 16th, 2009
  40. Nice summer salad!

    Danny wrote on August 16th, 2009

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