Crisp and refreshing, this marinated celery salad is an easy, delicious side dish. Fresh herbs and lemon give it a light, delicate flavor.
I mainly use celery for soups, stews, and curries, but recently discovered how delicious it can be as a salad. Raw celery as is isn’t very exciting – crunchy but bland and watery. But, with a few simple tricks, you can turn a boring stalk of celery into a tangy, crunchy salad.
How to Make
First, salt the celery and set it aside for about 10 minutes. This step is essential for optimum texture and flavor, so don’t skip it! Then squeeze out excess moisture and toss the celery with the dressing. Let it marinate in the fridge for at least an hour so the celery has time to soak up all the flavors. And that’s it! Super simple and such a satisfyingly crunchy side dish. It’s also a great addition to other salads!
Tips for Success
Use the leaves too! ⟶ If you have celery leaves, you can throw those in as well. They add a nice herbal flavor.
Remove moisture from celery ⟶ This makes the celery crisp and tender. First salt the celery to help pull out moisture, then use your hands to squeeze out as much water as possible without breaking the celery.
Use fresh herbs ⟶ Fresh herbs provide a lot of flavor here, so use your favorite(s). I prefer parsley, but cilantro, basil, dill, mint, chives would probably be good too!
More Simple Sides!
- Easy Ponzu Cucumber Salad
- Broccoli Goma-ae
- Takaki Kyuri (Japanese Smashed Cucumbers)
- Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Tofu and Green Onion Salad
If you try out this marinated celery salad, don’t forget to leave a comment/rating down below and tag me in your photos on instagram @ellielikes.cooking. I love seeing all of your tasty recreations!
Simple Marinated Celery Salad
- 3 stalks celery (leaves included) thinly sliced
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- ½ small lemon juiced
- 2-3 tbsp parsley (or other herbs of choice) chopped
- freshly ground black pepper
- Place celery slices in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Use your hands to massage the salt into the celery. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Squeeze out excess water from the celery.
- Mix celery with remaining ingredients. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to let the flavors deepen.
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