Leftover Celery: Pear and Celery Salad

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Celery

The holiday means one thing for me: leftover celery. I only use it in stuffing, but I always buy too much and have a few stalks leftover. Sometimes I use it to make a soup, but soup is almost always labor intensive for me (just for the sheer fact that I go all out and have to make the most complicated soup ever). Other times, I try to eat it with hummus, but I am not really fond of eating a stalk of celery regardless of how delicious the hummus because of its stringy texture. So, most times, it just goes bad, and I am left with the guilt of throwing out food. But hopefully, all of that will change since I had the bright idea of throwing it in my salad.

Over the weekend, while grocery shopping, I had bought some romaine lettuce, pears, and craisins to make a salad with no intention of using the leftover celery I had from the week before. It wasn't until I was putting my groceries in the refrigerator that I thought to use celery, and just cut it up in small pieces to make the stringy texture indistinguishable in the salad. I tried the salad today, and I am happy to say that it was quite delicious. While this salad is pretty plain, you can add your own touch to it by adding ingredients like Gorgonzola or chicken.

Pear and Celery Salad
Ingredients:
1 pear, chopped
1 celery stalk, diced
1.5 cups of romaine lettuce
Small handful of craisins
Juice from half lemon
Salad dressing of your choice, balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette pairs well with this light salad

Directions:
1. Combine pear and celery together in a bowl. Pour juice from lemon juice and toss to prevent browning.
2. Add lettuce and salad dressing. Enjoy!

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