Roasted Celery Heart and Blue Cheese Salad

Frugal becomes delicious in this satisfying salad.

By Edward Lee

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Roasted Celery Heart and Blue Cheese SaladFor 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

 

Directions

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.

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