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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. i remember reading in an aricle about Art DeVaney that celery boosts your testosterone. Never read aything else about that.

    warren wrote on August 16th, 2009
  2. Today’s salad is a good template:
    a vegetable
    a nut/seed
    an oil
    an acid
    some seasoning

    napa cabbage
    pumpkin seeds
    sesame oil
    lime juice
    soy sauce and red pepper flakes


    Matt wrote on August 16th, 2009
  3. I’m not usually the biggest fan of celery, but in the interests of variety i’ll give this one a shot!

    Gus wrote on August 16th, 2009
  4. just found your site – lots of yummy recipes to try

    Melissa wrote on August 16th, 2009
  5. I love almonds in salads!

    Karl Greer wrote on August 16th, 2009
  6. Fish Oil Please

    Nic Haas wrote on August 16th, 2009
  7. This contest is so easy, it’s almost fishy

    Jim Hunt wrote on August 16th, 2009
  8. This sounds like a nice crunchy salad. I like food with some crunch to it!

    D wrote on August 16th, 2009
  9. looks like a great recipe

    Andy wrote on August 16th, 2009
  10. That sounds yummy! Never thought of eating the leaves on celery before. I guess I just assumed you weren’t supposed to or something. Need to check those assumptions… 😛

    Dave Witwicki wrote on August 16th, 2009
  11. An apple would really mix in well with this salad. Delicious combo. A nice sidedish for a breast of chicken.

    Swiss-Chick wrote on August 16th, 2009
  12. Hmmm, not a bad idea for all the almonds and celery I have hanging around my kitchen. Now, about those fish oils, do you mean midnight Eastern time? Technically on my clock I have a whole eight minutes left! 😉

    Deanna wrote on August 16th, 2009
  13. This is too simple, I have to try it to believe it

    Iceskater wrote on August 16th, 2009
  14. My mother and I spent all day shopping to get ready to go primal. A challenge to find everything but know it will get easier. My husband, mother and father are all beginning tomorrow morning! We bought some celery today to pair with our almond butter. Now we have another option — thanks a bunch!

    Kimberly wrote on August 16th, 2009
  15. Delish! Thanks.

    MarthaB wrote on August 16th, 2009
  16. Thanks, I’m going to try this one with the crab cakes.


    JT wrote on August 16th, 2009
  17. Any thoughts on substitutions for olive oil? Sesame oil maybe?

    Duane Stevens wrote on August 17th, 2009
    • grape seed oil is a nice alternative, has a neutral flavour, and its even good for cooking because of its high smokepoint.

      dr.cosa wrote on August 17th, 2009
  18. Tried this two ways for a dinner party. First exactly as the recipe suggested and second using sesame oil and a sprinlking of sesame seeds. Also, for the second, I used True Lemon packets because I ran out of organic lemons. Entree was grilled chicken breasts (skin on, of course). Guests were split about 60-40 with original recipe winning.

    Bob Theroux wrote on August 17th, 2009
  19. I like celery (apart from the stringy bits that get stuck between your teeth…)
    I’ve not seen raw flaked almonds in the shops here in the UK – only toasted. I’m not sure how you’d slice raw almonds that thinly unless you have a flash gadget (I have a cupboard-sized kitchen with a small fridge, oven and sink, and limited storage space, so I don’t have much in the way of gadgets at all).

    Indiscreet wrote on August 17th, 2009
  20. I really needed this! Finally, something to do with my celery other than dipping it into nut butters!

    Kane wrote on August 17th, 2009
  21. Looks good!

    suzyschnitz wrote on August 17th, 2009
  22. always looking for fun veggie sides to accompany my hunks of meat!

    JB wrote on August 17th, 2009
  23. I agree with everyone else….good way to put celery to use!! I will try that this week.

    jmc1979 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  24. I’ve never eaten the leaves before- usually leave them for chicken stock.

    Lauren wrote on August 17th, 2009
  25. Love this!

    Amber wrote on August 17th, 2009
  26. Mmm, tasty!

    Winalot wrote on August 17th, 2009
  27. Looks good, but I will have to find a substitute to celery. I am not a big fan. Maybe jicama.

    Stacy Frakes wrote on August 17th, 2009
  28. another good substitute would be kohlrabi. But those who aren’t enthusiastic about celery might be more so about organic celery, which is more pungeant and interesting.

    Fish oil is good, too!!

    Penny wrote on August 17th, 2009
  29. I was actually just looking at a primal like stuffing recipe today, using almonds and celery. It was actually a youtube video about the slapchop, so go figure. Small world you have a recipe today like this!

    JustinAche wrote on August 17th, 2009
  30. Wow, this was great! I threw in a little Balsamic Vinegar in a serving and it was quite tasty.

    Andrew wrote on August 19th, 2009
  31. Oh my word I’m sitting at work starving and this looks absolutely delicious. Definitely going to be trying it out when i get home – yum!

    Kandy wrote on January 7th, 2010
  32. Looks like it needs some propellant to me. PAM, anyone? 😉

    (just ran out to get the almonds; this
    is tonight’s project, along with
    finishing up an excellent book on
    fringe biochemistry.)

    Ross wrote on May 14th, 2011
  33. My 10 year old son is a budding chef…..I saw this recipe and thought it would be perfect and simple….I added 2 chopped apples -actually my son did everything except chop the parsley. it is an amazing fresh crunchy salad-I would say also kid friendly with the lemon, celery almonds and sweet apple -we both ate this up and would make it again!! thanks!

    Jenn wrote on April 17th, 2013

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