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Chinese Celery Salad

Try serving this simple Asian-inspired salad with cold sesame noodles or stir-fried chicken with peanuts. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of celery, top and bottom removed, stalks separated and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 dashes Chinese chili oil or hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the celery and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove, rinse, and cool. Peel off the fibrous strings. Cut the celery into bite-sized pieces.

  2. Step 2

    In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, chili oil, if using, sugar, and cilantro, if using. Toss in the celery. Cover and refrigerate to cool before serving.

Source
Mad Hungry, October 2010

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Reviews (1)

  • 4 Apr, 2013

    This is a super simple recipe - getting the water up to boiling takes the longest, and I didn't bother removing the celery threads. A great way to use up a bunch of celery! Refreshing and delicious. I would recommend less soy sauce, start with a little and see how it tastes. I added 2 tablespoons and the recipe was still way too salty.