Roasted Celery Heart and Blue Cheese Salad

Frugal becomes delicious in this satisfying salad.

December 20, 2012

For the salad:

  • 2 3-inch root ends of celery, cut from 2 heads
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper



For the dressing:

  • 2 slices bacon, thick cut
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 orange, cut into segments
  • Pale green celery leaves, reserved from inner stalks of celery
  • 2-3 red radishes, cut into small matchsticks
  • 1/8 cup hazelnuts, roasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 cup blue cheese, crumbled



1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Using a vegetable peeler, remove any brown spots from the root ends of the celery. Cut each celery end into quarters. Place in a medium-sized bowl and toss with the olive oil, ground fennel, coriander, salt, and pepper. Lay the celery on a small sheet pan and roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until nicely browned and soft. Allow to cool to room temperature.

2. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the bacon slices. Cook until the fat has rendered off, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove the bacon and reserve. Pour off 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat into a small bowl. Whisk in the sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper until combined and emulsified.

3. Slice the cooled celery quarters in half and place in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Toss in the orange segments, celery leaves, and radish matchsticks. Add the dressing and mix until everything is well coated. Place in a serving bowl and top with roasted hazelnuts, crumbled bacon, and blue cheese.

Makes 4 Servings as a side

Originally published with the article Forget Compost, by Edward Lee, in Organic Gardening magazine February/March 2013.

Next Up From Rodale's Organic Life

How To Slice Peppers Like Magic
Learn how the pros remove seeds and cut up vegetables fast.
How To Decode Maple Syrup Labels At The Store
The sweet natural sugar is good for more than just pancakes; get to know the various grades and where to use them.
What You Need To Know About Genetically Modified Salmon
The first genetically engineered animal is coming soon to a supermarket near you.