Simple & Easy Italian-Style Celery Salad

I was watching the Barefoot Contessa this morning and she was making an Italian inspired meal which included a celery salad.  Her recipe although I am sure is very good seemed a little more complicated then the one I make –as do most celery salad recipes (too many ingredients overpower the delicateness of the main ingredients in my opinion) so I thought I’d post my recipe here today.

Italian Style Celery Salad with Parmesan                                                                            4-6 servings

  • One medium to large bunch thinly sliced celery including the tender leaves, sliced on an angle (approx. 5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup  freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • Fleur-de-sel sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 + ounces aged Parmesan cheese shaved

Put the sliced celery and coarsely  chopped (you still want to have the leaf form somewhat) leaves in a mixing bowl.  Add the lemon juice, olive oil, about 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese.  Toss together and taste.  Now add the  salt ( if you don’t have fleur-de-sel sea salt you can substitute any sea salt or even kosher salt)  and pepper to taste.

Put the salad in either a serving bowl or in individual serving cups/ bowls (I sometimes like to put this salad in a martini glass or a fancy ice cream cup) and sprinkle the balance of the shaved Parmesan and a few more cranks of the pepper mill on top.  That’s it.  Simple and easy celery salad fresh and delicious.



Brussel Sprout Slaw

Made this quick little brussel sprout slaw recipe on-the-fly today for lunch.  Served it with a Brussel Sprout Slaw / Saladsmall hot crusty loaf La Brea Bakery bread and nicely aged room temperature Bijou Crottin goat cheese from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery.  It was worth noting…

Served 1 (me)

1 cup of baby brussel sprouts slice very thin (chiffonade)
1  tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil  (add more or less to your taste)
a small handful of freshly shaved parmesan
juice of 1/2 small lemon
pinch of fleur-de-sel (sea salt)
a few grinds of the pepper mill

Toss it all together and enjoy…crisp and refreshing.