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German Celery Root Salad Recipe- Sellerie Salat
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German Celery Root Salad Recipe- Sellerie Salat

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The first time I went through the supermarket check out with a Celeriac knob (Celery root), the cashier looked at it in horror. WHAT IS THAT? To be fair, you won’t find Celery Root gracing the cover of “Beautiful Vegetable Monthly”. (Frankly, the thing looks like a Turnip’s ugly cousin.)  Still, when prepared properly, like in this German Celery Root Salad Recipe, the ugly duckling becomes a swan…. (well, not swan, maybe a grown up ugly duck).

This humble vegetable comes loaded with flavor, making it perfect for a simple German vegetable salad. Celeriac also forms an essential part of German Suppengrün, the vegetables that form the base of many German soups. In Supermarkets, you’ll find it bundled with carrots, leek, parsley, and occasionally parsnip (depending on the region). Still, I do admire the first person who looked at this hairy lump and thought “I want to eat that”… (he was most likely closely related to the first guy to eat an oyster, and second cousin to the guy who first ate a snail).

German Celery root salad recipe

Like a Beet Salad (find the recipe HERE),  Celery Root Salad or Sellerie Salat preparation feels more like a quick pickle than a traditional lettuce salad. My mother frequently served it as a side dish (and as a child, I frequently hid it in my napkin). Fortunately, the adult me appreciates the cold tangy dish with it’s vaguely celery flavor.  (That is, it tastes OF celery, but not as strong?) Serve the salad alone… or combine it with other German Salads like Beet Salad, Green Bean Salad, and Green Salad, in a Salatteller. The refreshing flavor makes a nice contrast to heavier meats and sauces.

German Celery root salad recipe

Who knows, maybe Celeriac will be the new Kale?

German Celery Root Salad Recipe

The Salad requires more preparation than a leafy salad, but Sellerie Salat will last in your refrigerator sealed for a few days without losing flavor or texture.

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Step by Step German Celery Root Salad Recipe

Scrub the Celeriac with a brush to get the dirt out of the folds. I also trim off some of the fuzzy parts
(it’s not necessary, I just think the beard looks funny)

German Celery root salad recipe

Put in a saucepan with 5 cups water, salt, and vinegar
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low boil until the root is cooked. 

German Celery root salad recipe

When it’s ready, a knife should go in fairy easily.
This might take 45 minutes or more depending on how big your Celeriac is.

German Celery root salad recipe

Drain, and when it’s cool enough to handle, peel the skin off of the root.

German Celery root salad recipe

It will look like this…more or less

German Celery root salad recipe

 

Cut the ball in half, then quarters.German Celery root salad recipe

 

Slice the wedges into 1/4 inch slices

German Celery root salad recipe

Toss the pieces with the marinade/dressing

German Celery root salad recipe

Refrigerate, stirring occasionally to insure that all the wedges absorb the dressing

German Celery root salad recipe

Serve

German Celery root salad recipe

 

Sellerie Salat tastes delicious alone, or as part of a Salatteller

 

Creamy German salad dressing

 

Store the Salad for a few days, and up to a week in an airtight container.

I like these glass containers. They seal tightly, stack well, and I can easily see what’s inside.

German Celery root salad recipe

 

Find MORE Salad Recipes Here

Beet Salad

Oma’s Green Salad with Creamy Dressing

Green Bean Salad

Schinken Käse Salat with Egg

 

GErman celery root salad recipe

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