"Another simple side dish? Another post that centers around celery?
Come on, lady. We're looking for a culinary creativity. Vegetarian masterpiece. Not Cooking 101 with the world's most stringy vegetable."
Trust me. I hear ya.
But sometimes, the days get so busy that you only find time for a simple veggie dish to round out your day.
Tomorrow I'll bring you Artichoke Lasagna. So give me a pass on today, and let's talk celery and walnuts.
I made this salad last night, knowing that today wouldn't provide time for dinner-cooking. I ate so much out of the serving bowl last night, you probably could have counted it as my fourth meal. Bonus: It takes 10 minutes to prepare.
Celery isn't often prized as the centerpiece of a delicious dish. More often it plays the role of supporting actor. However, in this awesome dish, celery is paired with a full cup of toasted walnuts, a little salt n' pepper, and some grated Parmesan for a powerful flavor punch (the non-violent kind).
Wow. Fourth meal.
Pair this guy with any number of main course dishes. Or, play me for the evening and eat a massive bowl for dinner while you pre-cook lasagna noodles. I think I ate my weight in toasted walnuts.
Totally worth it. Fourth meal rocks.
Celery, Walnut & Parmesan Salad
(recipe courtesy of Cooking Light)
This side dish is so flavorful and filling--toasted walnuts give it the protein needed to bump it up to a filling "supporting actor" role. Don't forget to TOAST the walnuts. Absolutely necessary.
- 5 ribs of celery, thinly sliced (about 3 - 4 cups)
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Ground pepper to taste (we used A LOT!)
- Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese
Super Simple: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir, eat, enjoy. Repeat.