Thursday, April 05, 2007

Celeriac Salad, or time to use up those root vegetables

Here's a recipe for a French celeriac salad - you know, just in case you've got a wrinkly celeriac hiding somewhere in the bottom drawer of your fridge :) Now that the spring is nigh, there's no need to keep those winter stand-by staples either..

Makes a good side dish to grilled white fish. Don't overcook the celeriac - you want some trace of crunchiness in your salad. Oh - and 'celeriac' is known as 'celery root' in the Northern America.

Celeriac Salad
(Prantsuse sellerisalat)
Adapted from December 1998 issue of Kodukiri
Serves 4

300 grams celeriac/root celery
50 ml mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 small garlic clove, minced
black pepper
few celery or parsley sprigs to garnish

Peel the celeriac and slice thinly (4-5 mm) and then cut into thick julienne. Blanch in a slightly salted boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain in a colander and cool.
Mix mayonnaise, mustard, season with garlic, salt and pepper. Blend the dressing with celeriac, garnish with a sprig of celery.

Other celeriac/celery root recipes to try:
Bea's Celeriac Soup
Betul's Stuffed Celeriac
Christine's Roasted Celeriac And D'Anjou Pear Soup
Clotilde's Celeriac and Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger
Elise's Celery Root Salad
Johanna's Celeriac Lasagne
Molly's Purée of Celery Root Soup
Stephen's Celeriac Remoulade


Anonymous said...

I made something similar at the weekend - I love celeriac... Only I shredded the cereriac as thinly as I could and didn't bother to blanch it.

It's also nice with a few walnuts thrown in...

Kalyn Denny said...

This is something I've never tasted, and I've been wanting to try it. Looks delicious.

Evelin said...

My family is problematic:D
Whenever we have celery stalks/celeriac at home, I have to eat it all by myself. Oh I don't know what's on their minds. ('In mood for some celeriac soup? Well why don't you make it then, so we can eat potatoes and be happy we don't have to eat some WEIRD PUREED STUFF')
But I do love it, this salad looks great.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, thanks for the idea! I love celeriac but rarely make mostly because I need some new recipes! The most delicious dish I've ever had with it was a celeriac ravioli with a creamy white sauce. It was a few years ago at a restaurant in Boston, MA, but I think of it often.

Pille said...

Richard Leader - thanks! I'll remember the walnuts next time.

Kalyn - it's not a veg I'd eat on a daily basis (carrots are:), but it's a nice alternative every now and then..

Evelin - I'm pretty lucky, I guess, as K. happily eats pretty much everything I make:-)

Susan - celeriac ravioli sounds delicious!