Celery Root and Apple Salad

A cool and crisp salad featuring crunchy thin slices of celery root, celery and apples in a lemon-mustard vinaigrette.

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I would venture to guess that most of you have been eating celery all your life.  Along with carrots it’s the raw vegetable of choice for dips and nut butters and has probably been in every child’s lunchbox at one point or another.  This celery salad however is not that celery.

Yes, it too makes an appearance along with the tender leaves you find at the tops of the long crunchy stalks, but the star of the this particular salad is celery root.

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Somehow this knobby, slightly rough around the edges root vegetable has been overlooked and under-appreciated by many.  Perhaps it’s not-so-handsome exterior is intimidating, making it seem unapproachably difficult to navigate, but its crisp and delicate taste is worth the venture.  The tan colored exterior houses a crisp and creamy white flesh with a flavor reminiscent of celery stalks but milder and with a slight nutty quality.

The mild root appears quite frequently in French cuisine julienned and drenched in a mayonnaise-based dressing under the name céleri rémoulade.  It’s a classic there and can be found virtually everywhere but I have to admit it’s never been the most inviting of salads to me. The thick dressing clings to the strands of celery root creating what’s often a soupy salad that becomes soft and soggy.

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My celery root salad is a lighter take on the French classic.  I’ve swapped out the mayonnaise for a vibrant mustard vinaigrette and paired the celery root with thin slices of  crunchy fresh tart apples and crisp celery stalks for a light salad with a clean crunch.  Sliced up paper thin and layered with specks of green parsley and a fistful of toasty walnuts it’s fresh and light with a zippy tang and a wonderful accompaniment to those heavier cool-weather meals.

Have you ever had celery root?

Serves Serves 4 to 6

Celery Root and Apple Salad

A vibrant mustard vinaigrette is paired with celery root and thin slices of crunchy fresh tart apples and crisp celery stalks then topped with buttery walnuts for a light salad with a clean crunch.

25 minPrep Time

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    For the Mustard Vinaigrette:
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoon apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or 2 Tablespoons olive oil and 2 Tablespoons walnut oil )
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • For the Shaved Celery Root Salad:
  • 1 medium celery root
  • 1 medium tart apple (like granny smith or fuji)
  • 4 medium celery stalks
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ a large lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons, fresh celery leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup/ 28g walnuts , toasted


  1. Combine the mustard and vinegar and whisk together. Add the oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly, until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Peel and quarter the celery root and julienne on a mandoline or with a sharp knife. Toss with one Tablespoon of the lemon juice in a large serving bowl and set aside.
  3. Core and cut the apple into quarters and julienne on a mandoline or with a sharp knife . Toss the apple with shaved celery root and the remaining Tablespoon of lemon juice and set aside.
  4. Thinly slice the celery stalks on a mandoline or with a sharp kife and toss with the celery root and apples.
  5. Toss with the finely chopped celery leaves, parsley leaves and mustard vinaigrette until well combined.
  6. Top with the toasted walnuts and an additional sprinkle of sea salt if desired before serving.


Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo


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  1. says

    Sooooo pretty! And you guessed – I have very little experience with celery root. But I do know I love apples and mustard in my salads so can’t wait to try this one out!

  2. says

    Love how light and pretty this celery root salad is Sylvie – I usually get a few celery roots in my CSA box and am always looking for new ways to try them.

    • says

      I usually use celery root in sauces and soups. Typically julienned in salads when I want to eat salads (not often) with celery top, nuts, and pear. If I am serving myself, I add blue cheese… (bf hates blue cheese)

  3. says

    Naturally you knew I’d flip for this salad (which I’m preparing to do right now. ) such a lovely thing, that knobby ungainly (surprisingly delicate) root, and paired with apple, simply perfect! Thanks much for this beauty! I know we will love this (again and again.)

  4. says

    You are reading my seasonal mind. I would go French too. Lighter than a remoulade but every bit as magnifique. Je mange de vos mains ou la plaque si vous préférez. GREG

  5. says

    Yay for celery root! I only recently discovered this veggie and it is such a gem! I don’t like celery raw, but I do love celery root! This salad looks delightful. Thank you for sharing it!

  6. says

    Beautiful root veggie salad, Sylvie! Cannot wait to try your recipe. As always, I am enamored with your photography. Love how you captured the swirls in the wood grain board juxtaposed with the swirls in the dark exterior of the celery root accented with its greens off in the field. Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    This looks so light and refreshing! It’s funny…I have only recently decided that I am not really a huge fan of celery {apart from tuna salad}, but i’m thinking I might like celery root better since it has a milder flavor. I’ll give it a try for sure!

  8. says

    I love celeriac (as we call celery root) and made a soup out of it this week. I also like celeriac remoulade but agree with you not drenched in mayo, I like a lighter zingier take on the original. Your salad looks fabulous, crunchy healthy and delicious!

  9. says

    I really enjoy celery root but it’s been a while I had it! It’s just the right time and the salad sounds crisp and refreshing (just like everything you make!)

  10. says

    This sounds wonderful. I adore celery root. And you are right – it is overlooked and underappreciated. I bet your salad has wonderful texture. It certainly looks beautiful. What lovely photographs.

    Each Christmas Eve our family starts our feast with a bowl of Cream of Celery Root Soup, and everyone always enjoys it.

  11. says

    Aha that must be the French in you coming out! My husband adores celery but although I find these knobbly heads at the market all the time I never buy them. But I love your sweet and savory and very fresh salad. He’ll love it!

  12. Pris says

    Reading some of the comments I wanted to say that celeriac, otherwise known as celery root, is NOT the root of a stalk of celery; two completely separate things. I just got some in my CSA box this week and can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks. I make a similar salad with julienned green apples and fennel, then tossed with honey and apple cider vinegar. Yummy.

  13. says

    I’ve missed coming to visit – your site is looking really lovely. I’ve been staring at a book cover photo of a celery root salad, but yours is tempting me now. I can feel the tangy and refreshing the combination with apples is – perfect!