There are people who love celery with a passion. Others consider it just a vehicle for peanut butter. Most probably tolerate it as a crunchy textural addition to tuna salad or a passive flavoring to stuffing and soups. There are quite a few who find it boring, and then those who downright hate it. We admit that half of The Salad Lobby team fit into this latter category…until this Apple Celery Salad with Walnuts and Pecorino came along.

Apple Celery Salad

Whatever your sentiments are about celery, most people can agree that it rarely takes center stage in salad. Maybe it shows up as a friendly, crunchy background vegetable here and there. But who thinks of salad when they catch of glimpse of the celery in the produce section?

We at The Salad Lobby aim to change how you think about celery, starting with the Apple Celery Salad.

Apple Celery Salad

Because when have you ever seen the words “indulgent” and “celery” and “salad” in the same sentence? Well, now you have. Actually twice now if you read the recipe title. How about a third? This Apple Celery Salad with Walnuts and Pecorino tastes so good it seems indulgent.

When we at The Salad Lobby first tried this salad, we took a few bites and thought “Wow, this is some kind of delicious salad.”

Then we took a few bites more and said “Mmmmm” several more times. Then we finished the whole salad, licked the bowl clean, and thought, “That was so good, it was probably bad for me,” even though we had just eaten a pile of celery.

Apple Celery Salad

We admit the celery had a little help from sliced apple, toasted walnuts, and Pecorino cheese, but the satisfying crunch of the celery really carries the salad. A vegetable oft-relegated to soups and stuffing is now the stuff of elegance.

This is the salad to make when you want to impress your date, dinner guests, or in-laws, folks. (“You fell in love with him over celery?”)

Apple Celery Salad

It may also make your other half, a long-time celery opponent who only begrudgingly accepts its existence, not only love celery, but advocate for its place at the table.

It’s that good.

Apple Celery Salad with Walnuts and Pecorino

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread walnuts on a cookie sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring half way through. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Make the Apple Cider Vinaigrette. For an even more indulgent salad, substitute walnut oil for half the olive oil.
  3. Toss the celery, apple, and walnuts in a large bowl. Add the dressing and shaved pecorino. Toss lightly to combine.
  4. Top with freshly ground pepper.
  5. Serve to someone you are trying to impress, or who you love a lot, which can include yourself.
 
 
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  1. Jen

    I just made this and it’s now my second-favorite way to eat celery! Thank you!

    I have a feeling that half (or maybe all) of The Salad Lobby team will not approve, but I added a handful of raisins, too. It worked well – just a touch of sweet from a fruit that pairs well with celery or apple individually.

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