Day 247: Celery & Apple Salad ♥

Celery & Apple Salad, another simple, seasonal salad ♥
One of my very favorite salads on all of A Veggie Venture, a wintry mix of celery leaves, apples and a seductive lemon vinaigrette. Easy for a Weeknight Supper But Special Enough for Company. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Easily converted to not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free. Easy adaptation to Whole30 Friendly.

WAY BACK IN 2005: Some times the simple is sublime. Celery and apples, such every-day ingredients. Mustard and honey and lemon juice, such pantry staples. The combination really works! It's got crunch. It's got freshness. It's got flavor. It's made its way to the table twice in a week. The first plate came sans walnuts and sans photo, the second plate with and with. Either way, this seasonal salad is a definite keeper and is especially appropriate for late fall and winter.

TIP: Watch for stalks of celery with lots of leaves. Mostly the packers/grocers cut off the leafy ends but some bags have more than others. The leaves are very tasty but if you can't find any, just use salad greens underneath.

2007: I love honey crisp apples but a variety with more tartness (like the recommended and less expensive Granny Smith) is especially good in this salad. Plus, there's something about a "green on green" salad that's especially attractive. I added a few dried sour cherries to the top: not half so good as toasted walnuts. All this said, this is one of my very favorite easy salads so I'm always on the lookout for celery with a good proportion of leaves still intact.

2010: "What are you looking for?" asked a fellow shopper in the grocery store, seeing me pull back the plastic from one stalk of celery after another. "I love the leaves," I told her with a smile. The leaves are slightly sharp and bitter, if you can't find a stalk with lots of leaves, supplement with other lettuce greens.

AND TO THIS DAY: This simple celery leaf, celery and apple salad is one of my favorite seasonal salads, I make it over and over, especially late in the year.

graphic button small size size 10 "It was yummy." ~ Randi
graphic button small size size 10 "Oh yes, it's a great tasting salad. I'm not much of a celery friend, but this one tastes good." ~ Didi


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves 4

Juice of a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon good mustard (reduced from 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon honey (reduced from 2 1/2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon olive oil (reduced from 1/3 cup)
Salt & pepper to taste (important, don't skip)

Celery leaves, chopped (or other salad greens)
2 ribs of celery, sliced thin on the diagonal
1 Granny Smith or another tart apple, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons toasted walnuts or almonds (reduced from 3/4 cup)

VINAIGRETTE Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

SALAD Arrange celery leaves or salad greens on four small plates. Add the celery and apple. Drizzle with the dressing. Top with toasted nuts.

For a vegan vinaigrette, use the plant-based agave instead of honey. For a Whole30-friendly salad, omit a sweetener entirely.
Celery leaves are slightly bitter, so your celery stalk doesn't have any/many and you're supplementing with another lettuce, go for something that's also slightly bitter. Maybe endive? See Vegetables 101: What Are Bitter Greens? for more ideas!

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  1. I made this too and so did alice at It was yummy.

  2. AnonymousJuly 01, 2007

    Oh yes, it's a great tasting salad. I'm not much of a celery friend, but this one tastes good.

    Thank you for all wonderful recipes! :)


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