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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Celery Root and Celery Leaf Salad

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

DEC 31, 2014

This is a beautiful, unusual-looking salad that earns big points for treating raw celeriac (celery root) as a star ingredient.

It's best to use a mandoline for this recipe.

Make Ahead: The shaved celery root, without the walnuts, can be dressed and refrigerated up to 4 hours in advance; bring to room temperature before serving.


Tested size: 6-8 servings


Peel of 2 preserved Meyer lemons or regular preserved lemons, homemade or store-bought, cut into julienne (very thin strips)
Scant 1 cup crème fraîche
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
3 baseball-size celeriac, peeled (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
1 cup/100g walnut halves, toasted (see NOTE)
1 cup picked celery leaves (from the heart of 1 bunch celery)
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
3/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds (arils)
Extra-virgin olive oil
Flaked sea salt, such as Maldon

Quick Preserved Lemons


For the vinaigrette: Combine the preserved lemon peel, crème fraîche, lemon juice, shallot and poppy seeds in a food processor; pulse until the solids are finely chopped. With the motor running, gradually add the oil to form a creamy emulsion. Season lightly with salt. Transfer the dressing to a large bowl.

For the salad: Use a mandoline or sharp knife to shave the celeriac into wide, 1/8-inch-thick slices, adding them to the bowl of vinaigrette as you work, and coating them so they don’t turn brown. Stir in about three-quarters of the walnuts, crushing some of them with your fingers as you work.

Transfer the mixture to a large platter. Garnish with the remaining walnuts, celery leaves, poppy seeds and pomegranate seeds. Serve at room temperature, drizzled with oil and garnished with the flaked salt.

NOTE: Toast the nuts in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned, shaking the pan as needed to prevent scorching.

Rating *****[1]


Adapted from "A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories," by Renee Erickson with Jess Thomson (Sasquatch Books, 2014).

Tested by Sandhya Babu.

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