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Shaved Celery and Apple Salad with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette

October 18, 2010

What do I crave when I am super busy and stressed? Well, you would think a juicy hamburger, but really I prefer a simple salad. It must be the crispy vegetables flowing through the tangy vinaigrette that gets me every time. I prefer a balsamic based dressing over the fat-loaded cream based dressings. Learning how to make a simple vinaigrette can go far in the kitchen. You can use it as a salad dressing of course, but also as a marinade or simple sauce for vegetables and meats. In fact, yesterday I had a steak craving and marinated some filets in this vinaigrette for thirty minutes at room temperature. The meat was bursting with flavor. Good thing I have leftovers waiting for me in the fridge.

What’s your go-to meal when you are stressed?

Shaved Celery and Apple Salad with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette


2 small stalks of celery, with leaves

1/2 apple, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Zest of 1 small lemon, plus juice

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon salt


Using a Titan peeler (or vegetable peeler), slice celery into small strips (like noodles). Chop apples into 1/2 inch cubes and place on top of celery strips in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey and salt (vinaigrette ingredients). Pour over celery-apple salad and mix together. Top with minced celery leaves and freshly shaven parmesan cheese.


If you like this recipe, check out my Roasted Carrot Pasta with Beets.

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This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 3:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I have some spare apples in the fridge that will meet their end tonight. 🙂

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 19, 2010 6:04 pm

      Thanks Kathryn! 🙂 It is so good and super easy to make!

  2. October 26, 2010 6:55 pm

    Looks pretty. I’ve just recently rediscovered apples. I never really liked them (aside from fiji apples) unless they were baked, so I rarely bought them to cook with. Since we signed up for FarmFreshToYou and have been eating strictly organic/in-season produce (thanks to our viewing of Food Inc.), I’ve discovered that apples are actually tasty! Anywho, I made some braised apples and leeks the other day that were delicious. If you’re interested, saute some apples and leeks in butter until tender, add a teaspoon of chopped cilantro and some corriander seeds with some salt and pepper and stir. Then add a couple table spoons of bourbon and one of cider (or you could just use hard cider if you have it). Bring the alcohol to a boil then turn the heat down and let it simmer to reduce the liquid. Delicious with sausages or roasted chicken.

    Cheers on another great post Jess!

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      November 3, 2010 3:38 pm

      Food Inc was an eye opening movie wasn’t it? I love to support local farmers and stores as well. That apple/leek combo sounds delicious Chase!!

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