This twist on the traditional cabbage slaw makes the celery the star. This Crispy celery slaw is perfect for summer!
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Always a bridesmaid, but never a bride! I know Celery has this thought every time she is added to a recipe because we recently had a long talk.
Celery poured her neglected heart out to me about how she felt like the ugly cousin that gets to be a bridesmaid even though the bride doesn’t pay her any mind. And now she doesn’t want to be asked to a party because all of her friends are invited, so the host had no choice, she wants to be invited because SHE is liked. Celery wants to be the star for once and stand on her own merits because she is worthy!
Celery has opened up to me, and she has been heard! She is always added to a crudites tray but always the last section to be eaten. Added to broths and roasts for flavor, but usually strained out because she’s mushy. Added to soups for bulk but rarely for anything else. Poor Celery is rarely seen in the spotlight or on her own and now she wants to shine.
I didn’t really have an “out loud” conversation with celery because that would be weird, but I do feel that I can communicate with food and thus interpret their inner thoughts.
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Recently I started using celery leaves as a garnish or in with salad greens as a kind of a ground floor “outreach” program for misunderstood vegetables. I have also been saving my leaves and the inside tiny stalks for soups and homemade broths, or as I call them “Social Mixers” for food.
Usually, the leaves are trimmed off, like I was taught by my MA, because you “just don’t use” that part. She also told me to surgically remove the string from the celery, but I don’t have the heart for such a barbaric procedure. Celery has feelings after all! Much like radishes. Check out my Crispy Garlic Radishes!
Even though Celery is bitter, like an overlooked, unwed cousin at a wedding, she tends to be more tender at heart and I like the flavor contrast that she adds. I must find a way to bring her out into society.In going through some of my MIL’s old cookbooks, I stumbled upon a recipe for a Hot German Celery Slaw.
This recipe intrigued me because of the ingredients and also because it is to be served hot. In order to save her from a “mushy” showing, I decided to update it for Celery’s sake and give her the debut party she deserves. Much like giving brussels sprouts some extra love, a small addition to a classic ingredient can highlight it in a new way.
This recipe for celery slaw highlights all parts of Celery, like her amazing texture and attitude. She also stays crisp longer and can hold up to the weight of a more traditional creamy dressing. She would even do a bridal gown proud!
My Crispy Celery Slaw is perfect for all your summer picnics!
- 5 cups celery (sliced)
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 3 green onions (sliced)
- 1/2 red bell pepper (diced)
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
- Cook bacon in a skillet to render the fat.
- When the bacon is crispy, remove to a paper towel.
- Mix together the cider vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and celery salt.
- Toss the celery, green onions, bell pepper, and the raisins with the dressing.
- Place in serving bowls and top with bacon crumbles!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 361mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g
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