Stalking a recipe that lets refreshing celery take center stage
There's so much to do with celery, it seems to get used up in no time.
For dipping, there's creamy blue cheese; for spreading, peanut butter and cream cheese. Sticks are great in lunches and for after-school snacking.
It gets chopped into so many soups, salads and side dishes that it's impossible to count. And what's better than a nice stalk sticking out of a Bloody Mary at brunch?
But it's pretty rare that celery becomes the feature, as it is in this dish where it's tossed with sliced apples for a crunchy, refreshing salad.
Green Apple and Celery Salad With Walnuts and Mustard Vinaigrette
Adapted from www.epicurious.com.
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup Dijon mustard
5 teaspoons honey
2⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 large bunch celery with leaves
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored; each quarter cut into 2 wedges, then thinly sliced crosswise into triangle shapes
¾ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
Whisk the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
Trim the celery leaves and chop enough to measure 1 cup. Thinly slice the stalks on a deep diagonal. Place the celery pieces in a bowl of cold water. (Vinaigrette, celery leaves and celery pieces can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.)
Drain the celery; pat dry with paper towels. Combine the celery, celery leaves, apples and walnuts in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Season the salad with salt and pepper.
Makes 8 servings.
Lisa Abraham is a staff writer for Akron Beacon Journal.