Here are the best celery recipes for using up a bunch! Let it sing in salads and smoothies, or give it a supporting role in soups and sides.
Got celery? We’ve got recipes. Celery is an unassuming, underappreciated vegetable. It’s not often the main character. But give it a chance to shine, and celery can blow you away! It’s fantastically refreshing in a salad with apples and Parmesan cheese, or beautiful blended with apple and ginger in a green smoothie.
Celery is also fabulous in a supporting role: it provides essential flavor in soup broths and a necessary crunch in salad recipes. It’s one of the most versatile vegetables there is! Whether you’re looking to use up a bunch or just want to eat more of it…here are the tastiest recipes you’ll find.
And now…the tastiest celery recipes to use up a bunch!
The best celery recipe for using up a bunch? A surprisingly delicious celery salad! This unique salad is so refreshing, you’ll become a convert from the first bite. Crunchy celery pairs perfectly with sweet apple, Parmesan shavings and a tangy vinaigrette. It’s bright, it’s crunchy, it’s hydrating: it works for summer, and it’s perfect in the winter too. Really, what can’t this celery salad do?
Here’s a celery recipe that’s so full of irresistible flavor, you’ll forget that it’s good for you. Meet the perfect Celery Smoothie! It will be come a favorite in no time. It’s packed with sweet flavor from green apple and banana, and the way the celery melds with fresh ginger gives it an intriguing brightness. Our 3 year old kept begging for more of this healthy green smoothie: which makes it a big winner in our book.
Got a bunch of celery? Here’s a great use for it: this easy and delicious celery Juice recipe! This green drink is full of intriguing bitter celery flavor, balanced with the sweetness of green apple and the tang of lemon. Drink it chilled over ice and it’s one of the most refreshing beverages! Even better: all you need is a blender. Grab it and let’s get to it!
This celery recipe is pretty magical: braised potatoes, carrots and celery! Cooking these veggies in broth makes them taste like they’ve been roasting under a chicken all day long! But they're plant-based and take just 1 hour to whip up. They’re bursting with flavor that takes cozy to the next level. These braised veggies are the perfect side dish to any main, with the jewel toned purple onion, orange carrot, and yellow green celery.
What's a tuna salad recipe without celery? Celery is essential for giving tuna salad its characteristic crunch. This recipe is a modern spin on the classic: perfectly creamy, bright and tangy, and so irresistible you can’t stop eating it. One bite in, you’ll declare it “the best!” too.
Celery is also fantastic for adding a crunch to coleslaw! This coleslaw is vinegar-based, so there's no mayo at all. Unlike many slaw recipes, this one tastes best right away and doesn’t need any time in the fridge to let the flavors combine. The tangy vinaigrette easily soaks into the cabbage, making this a great dish to whip up at the last minute.
Wild rice is a tasty whole grain, and guess what? It actually has some nutritional advantages over brown rice! But more than that, it’s the perfect pair with celery and onions. This unique healthy side dish is fantastic to work into your dinnertime repertoire. Eat it as a side dish, or use it in other recipes like wild rice casserole.
What's a great vegetable soup without celery? Celery gives just the right savory flavor to soup broths. This simple homemade vegetable soup is essentially a vegetarian version of chicken noodle soup, loaded with veggies and a savory broth with tons of flavor.
Speaking of soup...another great celery recipe is making your own vegetable broth! It takes less than an hour to make, is cheaper than storebought, and is a great way to utilize vegetables you have on hand like celery, carrots, garlic and more. Make it on the weekend and freeze it for use throughout the week.
Another celery recipe where it provides a signature crunch? Potato salad! This one’s the all American classic: the one that Grandma made, or a better-tasting version of the one at your grocery store deli. we love lots of styles of potato salad recipes, like French potato salad and dill potato salad…but there’s something to the classic that really hits it home!
Celery works magic in red beans and rice to add just the right cozy supporting flavor! This vegetarian recipe is a flavor-packed, budget-friendly meal with ingredients that are accessible in most supermarkets! Zesty and nutrient-dense, it’s full of red beans, celery and onions, legumes, and Cajun spices. It's a fan favorite recipe that always gets rave reviews!
Of course one of the most classic celery recipes of them all is stuffing! What holiday meal would be complete without a great stuffing recipe? This one is a classic stuffing, made from scratch with whole grain bread. Bake it up with artisan bread cubes, leeks, onion and celery and spices. It makes the entire kitchen smell like Thanksgiving: no turkey needed!
Another recipe where celery adds a needed crunch to salad? Bean salad! Celery is the perfect texture contrast to the soft beans. The salad dressing features tomato paste and ketchup, so it has an unexpected earthy undertone. Then adding feta cheese brings in a savory flair! You've gotta taste this one.
Here's a fan favorite soup that features celery in a supporting role: thick and creamy wild rice soup! It's almost impossibly creamy, packed with flavor and full of tender veggies and hearty rice. White beans and cashews bring a creamy body and loads of plant-based protein. Everyone who tastes it asks for the recipe—it’s that good.
Another mayo-based salad where celery shines: this chickpea salad sandwich! It’s like a vegetarian version of a chicken salad sandwich, but made using chickpeas. The chickpeas are smashed and mixed together with a bit of mayo, lemon juice, celery and green onions to make the most savory, delicious spread. You can serve it as a sandwich, or eat it with crackers as a dip. This one often makes it into our lunches and it takes only 5 minutes to whip up.
Last up in our celery recipes, but certainly not least: eggplant caponata! What’s caponata, you ask? This Sicilian specialty is an appetizer and a side dish, essentially a sweet and sour ratatouille with cooked eggplant, celery, tomatoes and onion. It’s often spread on crusty bread as an appetizer or antipasti (as the Italians would say). It’s so full of tangy, garlicky flavor that once you’ve taken one bite, you’ll likely want to devour the entire serving dish.
Is celery healthy? Yes, there’s no real contention on this one. Celery is one of the healthiest snacks out there! Of course, you can even snack on it with peanut butter or ranch dip: no recipe needed! Here are a few of the main benefits of celery (source):
Celery is a low calorie food. Celery has just 10 calories per stalk.
Celery is high in fiber. 1 cup of celery sticks has 5 grams fiber.
Celery contains anti-oxidants. Celery contains vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, which help to protect cells and organs.
Thinly slice the celery ribs. Measure out the celery leaves. Thinly slice the red apple.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup or sugar, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil one tablespoon at a time.
In another bowl, toss together the celery and celery leaves with the apple, dressing, and Parmesan cheese shavings. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. This tastes best the day of making, but you can refrigerate leftovers for a few days (refresh them with a little vinegar or salt if necessary).
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.