This apple celeriac salad is a delicious mix of flavors and textures. Easy to make, with some crunch, saltiness and sweet, it’s perfect as a side or enjoy for lunch. This post is sponsored in conjunction with #AppleWeek. I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
Over the years, I have become more of a fan of salads than I used to be. My challenge has always been that lettuce rarely inspires me, and unfortunately that’s the biggest chunk of salad for a lot of people.
This salad, however, only has a dash of green and it’s parsley. The rest is a tasty mix of veg, fruit, seeds and bacon. That makes it sounds more complicated than it is: this is really easy to make and so delicious.
What is celeriac?
Celeriac, also known as celery root, is as the latter name suggests: the root of the celery plant. It is also pretty much what you would imagine – a root vegetable that has a bit of a celery flavor.
On the outside, it’s knobbly and often hairy, so you need to give it a good trim to get to the good part. And then the flesh browns quickly on contact with air. But give this less-than-glamorous vegetable a chance, as it’s worth trying.
How to use celeriac
Being a root vegetable, you can treat it much like other roots and roast, steam, boil or use it raw. It makes a tasty mash and works well with other roots for a mixed root side. One of the most popular ways to use this vegetable is in a classic French salad, celeriac remoulade. This uses it raw, combined with a creamy lemony dressing.
Here I’ve used the raw idea, changed it up to include a broader range of flavors, but also adding a fresher dressing and mix of textures. It’s such a great combination, and a great way to use this often un-loved veg, as well as enjoy some apples in a more savory way.
How to make apple celeriac salad
- Cook the bacon and cut into strips (this can be done ahead)
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
- Chop the parsley relatively finely and grate the apple and celeriac.
- Pour the dressing over the celeriac, apple and parsley and mix well.
- Add the bacon and pepitas, mix and serve.
This apple celeriac salad is a delicious mix of flavors that’s kind of the fall anti-salad (in a good way!). Packed with flavor, great textures as well as being easy to make, it makes a great lunch or side.
Looking for more fall-flavored salads? Try these:
- Beet apple salad with maple vinaigrette
- Butternut squash wild rice salad with cranberries and fennel
- Pear gorgonzola salad with candied pecans
- Plus get more fall recipes in the archives.
Apple celeriac salad
- 1 cup celeriac 100g peeled weight
- 1/2 large apple
- 2 slices bacon
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley 4tbsp
For the dressing
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp walnut oil
- 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
- Whisk together the lemon juice, oils and mustard for the dressing first so that it is ready to use.
- Peel the celeriac, removing all the outer layer and any dark, hairy indents. Peel and core the apple. Coarsely shred both and toss with the dressing to prevent browning.
- Cook the bacon as you prefer (eg under broiler, in oven/in pan - this can be done ahead) and cut into slices. Roughly chop the parsley.
- Add the bacon, pumpkin seeds and parsley to the apple and celeriac and toss to combine well. Serve.
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