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Celery, Sunchoke, and Green Apple Salad with Walnuts and Mustard Vinaigrette

Peter Berley, former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen in New York City and author of "The Flexitarian Table," created this healthier version of a traditional family favorite."My mom liked to combine apple, celery, raisins, and walnuts with some mayo," he says. "It was one of the salady things she'd put out with the meal. My recipe is a postmodern expression of that. The apple is tart; the celery has a saline minerality; and the sunchokes provide earthiness. Treble, alto, and bass. Walnuts add the sweetness and fat, which really ties the salad together."

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 4 large celery stalks, peeled and thinly sliced, and 1/4 cup leaves chopped
  • 1 head fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced lengthwise, fronds reserved
  • 1 large sunchoke (5 ounces), peeled and thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, grated through a fine grater or minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Toast walnuts in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. (Do not burn!) Transfer nuts to a sieve and cool, then rub off and discard bitter skins.

  2. Step 2

    Place sliced celery, fennel, sunchoke, and apple in a bowl of cold water. Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice and refrigerate.

  3. Step 3

    In a small bowl, combine remaining lemon juice, mustard, garlic, honey, and salt. Whisk in oil and season with pepper.

  4. Step 4

    Drain chilled celery, fennel, and sunchokes and dry in a salad spinner or blot with a paper towel. Combine celery, fennel, sunchokes, celery leaves, walnuts, and apples. Toss with dressing before serving. Garnish with fennel fronds.

Source
Whole Living, November 2010

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