Sunday, November 28, 2010

Celery and Apple Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

I bought celery here for 50 cents and celery at another place for 69 cents.  They were different types.  Before Thanksgiving I had four heads of celery  in my refrigerator.  Crazy as that may sound it realy isnt.  You see first up I use quite a bit in my stuffing,  My children love celery.  And I knew I could use with broths and such with the turkey carcass.  I was right.  It is nearly gone.  I didn't overbuy.

When I was looking for another recipe I ran across this in my binder.  I had cut it out from Bon Appetit.  I was trying to pull together a binder of recipes that were arranged by fruits and vegetables or at least referenced them.  I like that arrangement.  Often I come home from the market with a vegetable and I want ideas.  This is why I end up referencing online because it is so much more efficient. The only problem with that is you end up with a lot of recipes not necessarily good ones.  I wanted a place that had recipes that I really liked.  This one is a keeper for my binder.

Celery and Apple Salad
This recipe is adapted from Epicurious.  I halved it. Next time, the only thing I might add is raisins.

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 stalks celery with leaves
2 large Crispin apples, peeled, quartered, cored; each quarter cut into 2 wedges, then thinly sliced crosswise into triangle shapes
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped

Whisk first 3 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

Trim celery leaves and chop enough to measure 1/2 cup. Thinly slice stalks on deep diagonal. Place celery pieces in bowl of cold water. (Vinaigrette, celery leaves, and celery pieces can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.)

Drain celery; pat dry with paper towels. Combine celery, celery leaves, apples, and walnuts in large bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.


Katy ~ said...

Apple and celery is one of my favorite combinations (used in my stuffing and of course, Waldorf salad, grins. This sounds terrific, Lori! Can't have too many celery recipes. Celery is always in my fridge, too.

Anncoo said...

I love apple and celery very much. Thanks for sharing this healthy salad :)

Anonymous said...

Now this sounds like the perfect antidote to a week of heavy eating- It sounds so light, crisp and refreshing! Nice combination of flavors. :)

kat said...

I bet this is just so fresh & crisp

Mimi said...

Nice refreshing salad and I always have celery and apples in the fridge.