23 July 2012

Red Celery Salad with Bacon, Apples, Cranberries and Pecans


New produces comes slowly to the Northern Hinterlands. It was only six years ago that I bought golden beets for the first time. Red celery, which made a splash in 2010, is now available locally. I bought mine from Immerfrost Farm, located about 30 miles to the north.

Red celery is crunchier and more flavorful than its common green counterpart, at least to my taste buds. I immediately began thinking of crunchy pairings: A tart apple, some roasted pecans. Next came contrast - chewiness - in the form of dried cranberries (although cherries would work just as well).

Something was still missing: Some additional chewy ingredient that would add salt and sweet. I think I found it in bacon. Try it, and tell me what you think.

Red Celery Salad
  • 1 bunch red celery, washed and chopped
  • 1 small tart or sweet apple, chopped (I used Jazz, but what about Granny Smith?)
  • 1/3 cup roasted pecans, sugared
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/5 cup bacon bits (best if fresh, but packaged will do)
  • Dash sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

Dressing
  • One half cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
  • Dash cinnamon
Toss celery with apple, nuts, cranberries and bacon. Season with enough salt to provide contrast to the sweetness of the brown sugar.

I'd serve this with pork or turkey. It could easily become a Thanksgiving side dish. I'd certainly prefer this crunchy option to green beans with cream-of-mushroom soup!



7 comments:

Christine said...

Yes! Bacon! Fabulous! Haven't seen red celery in our area. Must keep an eye out for it. Glad you're doing what pleases you on your birthday, Mimi.

MJ Strategic Communications said...

Thank you, and I am indeed. I was delighted to find something unusual, Christine, and it's funny because I thought of you when I bought it. It's only a matter of time until you find it at your own farmer's market!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

no red celery in these parts, either! love the color though...reminds me of rhubarb.ruffici 23

MJ Strategic Communications said...

Looks a bit like rhubarb, too, Cyn. Taste is totally different!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Red celery? Haven't seen it around here, but it does look wonderful.

MJ Strategic Communications said...

Very crunchy with a sharper taste that green celery - I under what it would do to tuna, Lydia...

MJ Strategic Communications said...

As a post script, I ate the rest of my red celery salad with a grilled hamburger tonight, and it made a great cole-slaw-like side dish.

Mimi