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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:

ingredients 1

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. Looks awesome! Perfect for the summer!

    Ernie O'Malley wrote on August 16th, 2009
  2. Excellent use of the lowly celery stalk!

    Chris wrote on August 16th, 2009
  3. I going to have to try this! Would be nice on a humid day.

    Rob wrote on August 16th, 2009
  4. KISS (Keep It Simple Silly) is wonderful!

    sofiawahaj wrote on August 16th, 2009
  5. Yum!

    Simon wrote on August 16th, 2009
  6. Too bad I hate the taste of celery. :(

    Hynek wrote on August 16th, 2009
  7. Me too – I’ve always hated celery. But the dressing looks like it will be good on some other deserving veggies….

    lady_daraine wrote on August 16th, 2009
  8. Not big on Celery but you can’t go wrong with almonds!

    Matt M wrote on August 16th, 2009
  9. Yep, that simple celery and almond salad sure is free fish oils!

    Primalchild wrote on August 16th, 2009
  10. I don’t like celery that much, it’s too stringy. But I like almonds.

    Huey wrote on August 16th, 2009
  11. If the baby wasn’t driving me mad, I’d make some….

    bobolajos wrote on August 16th, 2009
  12. Sounds interesting… finally something else to do with celery.

    Steven wrote on August 16th, 2009
  13. Sounds great!

    kallyn wrote on August 16th, 2009
  14. Simple, yet delicious. Definitely true that celery is a bit underrated. I really like the celery/almond combination.

    madMUHHH wrote on August 16th, 2009
  15. Yummy!

    Steve Adams wrote on August 16th, 2009
  16. I use organic celery and roast the almonds for a real crunchy salad!

    mcoz-09 wrote on August 16th, 2009
  17. I’m not trying to brown-nose for a prize or anything, but I just made some for lunch (ate it along with some cold roast beef). It’s seriously good! I think it’ll become my favorite thing to take to potlucks, too–simple, healthy and yummy!

    Catalina wrote on August 16th, 2009
  18. Looks good – think I’ll make it tonight & add a little lovage for extra celery flavor. I think it’ll go well with the buffalo we’re having.

    Deb wrote on August 16th, 2009
  19. That salad looks so good!

    cl wrote on August 16th, 2009
  20. prize me up before you go go

    Juiper boone wrote on August 16th, 2009
  21. I love celery! and this looks and sounds delicious.

    jess wrote on August 16th, 2009
  22. You know, celery isn’t my favorite, but this doesn’t look half bad. :)

    BarbeyGirl wrote on August 16th, 2009
  23. Looks wonderful, very refreshing. Thanks!

    CardioJunkie wrote on August 16th, 2009
  24. Sounds pretty tasty. Will try it.

    lbd wrote on August 16th, 2009
  25. I love nuts in salads. This would go great with some grilled meats.

    Shannon wrote on August 16th, 2009
  26. Great job on the Chris Cooper analogy.

    They probably think I’m weird at the store when I’m buying my Mt. of celery. I eat a lot of it. This is a great salad idea.

    I always eat the leaves unless they’re (a) pre-cut off or (b) rotten slimy goo.

    Almond butter also often finds it’s way on my celery. But once again celery is Chris Cooper to the star Almond Butter.

    Grok wrote on August 16th, 2009
  27. yum

    neidermeyer wrote on August 16th, 2009
  28. cool

    Wyatt wrote on August 16th, 2009
  29. I think I may try this once this week.

    Chas wrote on August 16th, 2009
  30. I am not too fond of almonds, however, I may try this. Thanks, Mark!

    Hannah wrote on August 16th, 2009
  31. Never thought about using the leaves, I like it.

    Andy wrote on August 16th, 2009
  32. Hahaha. I read your recipes most of the time, anyway, but usually I don’t comment. Now I have a reason to!

    I have a sort of question: where would the protein come from in this salad? I can imagine it going with chicken salad well enough, but that might disguise celery’s “leading role”, any other recommendations?

    Bonny wrote on August 16th, 2009
  33. thanks for all the great recipes this week.

    judy wrote on August 16th, 2009
  34. Celery and almonds are actually two of my snack staples. Yummy!

    Madame P wrote on August 16th, 2009
  35. Celery rhymes with elery!

    Russell wrote on August 16th, 2009
  36. looks good

    juca wrote on August 16th, 2009
  37. yum!

    iofthestorm wrote on August 16th, 2009
  38. I’m having celery in my salad in just a few moments.

    JustinKN wrote on August 16th, 2009
  39. I think we have all of the ingredients. I may just have to give this one a try.

    Shaun wrote on August 16th, 2009
  40. Still could use some fish oil…

    BretMattingly wrote on August 16th, 2009

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