Friday, August 21, 2009

What To Do With Lots of Celery?

First of all, thanks for all the encouragement to go back to the restaurant and ask for the cabbage salad recipe! I plan on going back and will let you know how it goes... In the meantime, Kathy left a red cabbage salad recipe in the comments that I am going to try.

But now on to today's topic: celery. The other day my mother-in-law gave me six, yes six, bunches of celery. Initially, I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I used some in a stir fry, put some in a salad, and ate some for a snack. Unfortunately, my family isn't the biggest fan of celery. They eat it, but they don't love it. What's more, they prefer it in small doses.

So there I was with five bunches left, and I thought: What should I do with all the celery? So I thought, why not make a celery-only salad? I know, not the obvious choice, especially in light of the fact that there aren't a lot of celery fans around here. But here is what I was thinking (yes, I was actually thinking!).

I thought that celery in my salads wasn't very popular with the family because the dressing didn't go very well with the celery. I usually make a vinaigrette with balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard, and I don't think these flavors go very well with celery (but the vinaigrette goes great with the rest of a mixed salad).

I thought that a slightly sweet dressing would go much better with the celery. Before I started making the dressing, I thought I would be adding some Agave Nectar, but the dressing actually turned out quite sweet and delicious even without it because I used Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar. I also added just a little Feta cheese.

The celery salad was delicious, and everyone honestly loved it despite being EXTREMELY skeptical when I first introduced them to this creation... I ended up making a lot of salad (I had resigned myself to eating it for the next days for lunch and dinner by myself in case they didn't like it!) and used all of the remaining five bunches. I cut the celery into thin slices and marinated them for about 30 minutes in the following:

Dressing
  • 4 parts Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 part Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Feta Cheese - add at the end and lightly toss the salad with it
The salad kept in the fridge for three days. I think it tasted a bit better every day, and it stayed nice and crunchy. Hubby actually asked me to make another batch again soon so that he can take it for lunch! I call that a successful recipe! :o)

Questions: Do you like celery? What's your favorite way of eating it?

Be well,
Andrea

19 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great creation! I especially love the feta cheese addition, doesn't it make everything taste better?!
    When I was a child I hated celery, and to be honest I still don't really like it. They only way I will eat it is with peanut butter (yum) or salsa (and it has to be good, homemade salsa!). I'd eat your salad though, with EVOO And feta, I'm sure it was very tasty.

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  2. What a great idea to add in the feta cheese. My family aren't big celery fans, but I do use it, mainly in stews. Great idea on the sweeter dressing.

    Thank you!

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  3. stir fry...AND
    JUICE IT! celery is great for water retention...and juicing it would use it up in not time!

    you salad is beautiful... I love celery salads!
    you are REALLY creative!

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  4. The salad looks great!

    I love celery with peanut butter.

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  5. i like celery a lot better cooked than raw. but if it's mixed with cheese or dip i can handle it!!!

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  6. I only do this with cucumber, I've never thought to do it with celery. I will be trying this out!

    I usually eat celery with peanut butter.

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  7. Ooooh, I just bought a ton of celery for my dad! But unfortunately, I'm not a fan and refuse to eat it without tons of pb or dressing, so this recipe sounds perfect for me. I conveniently have seasoned rice vinegar on hand too :)

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  8. i love celery! it is great to add to anything for a crunch. but my fave way to enjoy it is with PB, like ants on a log but sans ants~hate raisins!

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  9. Have to admit that celery is not one of my faves, but this salad sounds light, fresh and tasty!

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  10. That salad sounds PERFECT! And I LOVE celery in ANY dish.. I love the texture, I love that it is filling yet low-cal... celery is the perfect snacking food in my opinion!

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  11. YUMMY! I am going to make that salad. I normally add left overs to stews or soups.

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  12. I like celery, but it's not a fave. In stir-fry is probably my fave way to eat it.. yummy!! :) That's a LOT of celery you had.. lol!!

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  13. I love celery too! My fav of eating it is dipping it raw in ketchup...seriously, it's good! :-)

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  14. lol Looks beautiful but I can't tell a lie: raw celery is one of the only foods I just can't grow to love. I keep tryin' it thinking my tastebuds will come around but to no avail ...

    I had my girls try it the other week w/ PB and they didn't care for it either :-(

    I love it cooked though esp. in homemade soup :-)

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  15. The celery salad looks great. As a kid, my favorite way to eat celery is dipped in ranch dressing. Now, I like it with peanut butter. Celery is alway good in stirfry too.

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  16. what a nice salad! i used to just bring washed stalks of celery and gnaw on it. =D
    i lik the celery hearts and the parts with leaves. i've never tried it with pb. or in a salad. HOW"S YOUR WEEKEND GOING?!

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  17. I definitely don't hate celery but I can't say I'm a huge fan of it either, I rarely buy it. I've tried in green juice and it makes me shutter! The salad looks great though and if you set it down in front of me I'm fairly confident it would disappear!

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  18. Ha! My MIL always gives us tons of veggies too.
    I'm with Michelle, not a big fan of raw celery, but I like it in chilis and lately I have been juicing it with other veggies and fruits. Do you have a juicer? You get a lot of liquid of of it!

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