5 of the Best Ways to Make Celery Taste Better

Celery is one of those veggies that’s mostly made of water. And despite it’s nearly flavorless taste, it’s actually quite rich in a variety of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin, C, vitamin K, folate and potassium.

That’s great news for people who never get tired of eating it with a bit of peanut butter or hummus. But what about the rest of us?

No offense to celery, but a lot of people would probably agree that it starts to get rather bland pretty fast. So here are a few more creative and better tasting ways to use celery when you’ve got a bunch sitting in the crisper.

Throw it in your green smoothie.

Green smoothies are the perfect solution to getting a huge load of veggies into your diet without feeling like you have to force down a massive salad. Since celery is great for weight loss, digestive health and combatting inflammation, try it in a detoxifying green smoothie by blending two fresh stalks with an apple, a medium-sized cucumber, a few kale leaves, a large bunch of spinach, a large punch of fresh parsley or cilantro and one lemon.

Braise it for a healthy side dish to a main meal.

Braising involves pan-searing the celery first before cooking it in liquid over low heat. When it’s cooked, celery has a sweeter flavor to it than it does when it’s raw. All you have to do is cut some celery into chunks, cook it over medium heat with some butter in a skillet until it’s tender, add half a cup of your broth of choice and cover it to let it simmer on low heat for about five minutes before serving it with a dash or two of your favorite seasoning.

Slice up some thin, curly pieces to add to a salad.

Since celery barely has any flavor in its raw state, it can make a great addition to almost any salad. You could even use it in a healthy fruit salad by slicing up an apple and a pear and then tossing it in a bowl with thinly sliced celery pieces, some chopped parsley and some celery leaves. For a yummy dressing to top it with, whisk together two tablespoons of lemon juice, two teaspoons of honey, four tablespoons of olive oil, three-quarters of a cup of parmesan cheese, plus salt and pepper to taste.

Make soup out of it.

If you have a full head of celery that seems to be a a day or two away from going completely limp, there’s no better way to save it than by making a creamy soup out of it. This amazing recipe from Erren’s Kitchen is actually for a no-cream creamy celery soup, meaning that even vegans can enjoy it.

Pickle it in brine.

Anyone who’s ever pickled their own veggies (or at least wants to try) should consider using this brine pickling technique with celery. In addition to the brine solution, all you need are two garlic cloves, a quarter-cup of sliced onion, a bunch of fresh dill, a bunch of celery (of course) and some mason jars. Now there’s a way to really take the flavor notch up by several levels on such a flavorless vegetable!

Celery really doesn’t have to be so boring. In fact, if you do some digging around for some more creative recipe ideas, you’ll probably find that it’s just as versatile as any other vegetable.

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268 comments

Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

So what is wrong with the taste of fresh celery? Kale however is another story. Yuck!

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Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Thanks for sharing

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Greta L
Greta Labout a month ago

Thanks

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Carole R
Carole Rabout a month ago

Thanks for the ideas.

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Ann B
Ann B2 months ago

good ideas

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Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers2 months ago

Thanks.

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Lindsay K
Lindsay K2 months ago

I love celery, and make celery soup. You could also try squeezing some cream cheese down the centre. Maybe add some chives or a light sprinkling of cayenne pepper.

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Paula A
Paula Arias2 months ago

Thanks

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Louise R
Louise R2 months ago

thank you

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