Celery Root Salad

by angelika on January 11, 2011

I am on a winter salad kick. I love to eat something fresh and minimally prepared with every meal.  I think that is especially important in the winter when we are drawn to warm and heavy foods to keep us feeling nourished and comforted through the long cold nights. I have been trying to eat more seasonally, and while I readily admit there is a clamshell of blueberries from South America in my fridge, I am trying to move more towards eating what is in season. Roots are brilliant examples of foods that are readily available in the in the winter and with a little imagination they can provide a fresh perspective to your winter meals. 
If you have never eaten a celery root I am going to have to insist you try one. They are the ugly ducking of the produce aisle. The dark, knobby and often dirt filled exterior hides a truly delicate and delicious flavor. It is slightly reminiscent of celery, but in a much more subtle and well rounder manner. It is as if celery is the college boy, sweet but obvious in every way, whereas celery root is the suave business tycoon, sweet to be sure, but in a much more mysterious and mature way. This salad is an ode to the celery root, as it is allowed to shine in all it’s glory. Minimally dressed with fabulous flavors. 

Celery Root Salad
1 small celery root, peeled and grated
1/4 cup parsley
1/4 cup peas
2 TBS lemon juice (1 lemon)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Peel the celery root by running your knife down the sides. You want to remove all the peel. Then you grate it on a box grater and place it into a bowl. Add in the parsley and peas. I used frozen peas, so I defrosted them first. You can mix the dressing in a small bowl, but frankly I just poured the ingredients right on top of the salad and mixed it well. The whole thing came together in less than 5 minutes. 

A votre santé! 

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abigail January 11, 2011 at 4:32 am

we still have some celery root from the garden in the root cellar, so I'm going to try this out!

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plantfoodfabulous.com January 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Let me know what you think!

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