Celery Root Salad

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Also known as celeriac remoulade, this salad is a refreshing accompaniment to seafood dishes and very easy to make. Celery root looks like a giant turnip, but tastes more like a cross between celery and jicama.

The result is a cool coleslaw-like salad without the taste of cabbage. Yum! Sacramento chef Evie Lieb prepared this salad to go with the panko-crusted salmon in our recent cooking class.

The two tricks are to 1) use a rubber mallet to help get the chef’s knife through the hard celery root, and 2) use a food processor, not a hand grater to do the grating.

Celery Root Salad Recipe

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Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 lb celery root - quartered, peeled, and coarsely grated just before mixing
  • 1/2 tart green apple, peeled, cored, julienned
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and parsley in a medium-sized bowl. Fold in the celery root and apple and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

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Celery root is hard to cut through, like butternut squash. Evie recommends using a chef's knife and a large rubber mallet. Gently hit the back of the knife blade with the rubber mallet to cut through the celery root.

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  • maryMcC

    Made this, perhaps my celeriac had less,flavor,than some, I found it kind of … blah. Added a drizzle of honey, more pepper and it was all better! Probably my sweet tooth talking…

  • Joy

    Hi Elise!

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe my family loves it, even my aunt ask me to make it again for her birthday..it was a hit. I added it in my blog to keep all my favorite recipes handy.

    All the best!

    Joy

  • GB

    I live in Orlando Florida, where do you purchase celery root?

    You can probably get celery root at the Whole Foods in Orlando, if not other markets. ~Elise

  • Carol Petri

    I live in south Florida. Where do you purchase Celery Root to use in recipes. I have tried grocery stores,farmers markets et.Seems they have every other kind of root. I also have asked people in health food store to where I can get it. No one seems to know.
    Thanks

  • Yvana

    I’m from Poland, and the celery root salad is a popular item in the Polish kitchen. I have helpful advice when it comes to cutting/chopping the celery root. When making this salad I usually grate the celery as well as the apple on one of those 4 sided stainless steel graters (I use the large grater/shredder side). It really makes the preparation easier and quicker.
    Thanks for a great blog!

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