A light and refreshing slaw-like shaved celery salad with cucumber, fennel and lots of fresh spring herbs served on a bed of creamy almond cheese spread.
This shaved celery salad with cucumber and fennel is one I make often. It’s clean, fresh taste embodies the lightness of springtime that I’ve been hungering for.
Alone the ingredients sound more like an assortment for a vegetable platter than a salad, but shaved paper-thin and tossed with loads of fresh herbs, a bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt, they transform into something altogether different and more enticing than the sum of their parts.
Preparing the salad involves a bit of slicing on a mandoline and blending, but beyond that is fairly simple to pull together.
Using a mandoline to create super-thin slices gives the salad a slaw-like consistency and an elegant presentation, but also tenderizes the vegetables and ensures that every bite is coated with fresh spring herbs like dill, parsley and mint.
I like to layer the dressed salad over a bed of creamy almond “cheese” spread (if you don’t want to make your own you can always use a store bought one) both for appearance and textural contrast . The crunch of the thinly sliced vegetables paired with the creaminess of the almond spread is really quite nice; light and refreshing, but also creamy and flavorful. The crispness and crunch of the cucumber, celery and fennel is tempered by the richness of the olive oil and almonds and accentuated with a touch of salt.
And because you can prepare all the parts ahead of time and assemble when needed, this salad makes a great addition to a spring brunch, lunch or picnic.
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