This bunch of celery recipes will get you excited for this vegetable that's so much more interesting than you think! Get ready to fall in love with celery's crunch, flavor, and versatility with these celery recipes for everything from soups to salads, juices, side dishes, and more.
Celery is often overlooked as an ingredient that's delicious and nutritious in its own right! It's commonly added to soups, stews, roasts, and stir fries - but as a background flavor. These recipes celebrate celery and make it the star of the show!
I love celery's crunchy texture, its earthy green flavor, subtle sweetness when it's cooked, and the fact that it's incredibly versatile.
With everything from nutrient-dense celery soup recipes, crunchy celery salad recipes, fresh celery juice recipes, celery smoothie recipes, celery side dishes, and flavor-packed Indian celery recipes, you will find something for everyone. Many of these celery recipes are special diet friendly, and are naturally gluten free, paleo, low carb, keto, vegetarian, and/or vegan. Keep and open mind, and try something new with celery today!
And if you have a ton of celery to use up, you'll definitely want to check out the recipes that show you how to preserve celery for longer storage and later usage.
Give one of these celery recipes a try and let me know what you think in the comments below! And if you have a favorite celery recipe, feel free to share it. The more unique and unusual, the better!
Celery Soup Recipes
The earthy flavor of celery lends itself really well to many soup and stew recipes. I love using celery to bulk up a soup and making it more hearty, without making it heavy. And celery is delicious enough to be the star of the soup, so grab a spoon and dig in!
Celery Salad Recipes
One of the reasons people avoid salad is because they think it's boring. The way to get around that is to add a variety of flavors and textures. These celery salad recipes do just that! Celery adds delicious crunch, and these salads are anything but boring. Before you know it, celery will have you hooked on salad!
Celery Juice Recipes
Celery is high in water and fiber, and contains some vitamins and minerals, as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. (To read more about celery health benefits, check out Nourish by WebMD, Healthline, and Live Science.)
It's a wonderful vegetable to incorporate into a healthy meal plan and lifestyle. And if you can get it in the morning (such as in a delicious glass of fresh celery juice), why not, right?! These celery juice recipes are packed with nutrition and flavor.
Celery Smoothie Recipes
Just like celery juice, celery smoothie recipes are a good way to start your day off on a healthy note!
Celery Side Dishes
Going beyond salads and soups, celery side dishes are a great addition to just about any meal. For example, Cheesy Celery Gratin is a decadent low carb side dish that makes a great replacement for other carb-heavy side dishes, such as macaroni and cheese. And lighter celery side dishes like Braised Celery are perfect for pairing with richer meals like pot roast.
Indian Celery Recipes
Celery is a prevalent ingredient in many Indian recipes. You can find celery in everything from soups and curries to chutneys and even Indian breads.
How to Preserve Celery
Maybe celery was on sale and you grabbed a couple extra bunches. Or maybe you're developing your green thumb and had a bumper crop of celery. Whatever the reason, knowing how to preserve celery will help you extend its life so you can use it later. There's a little bit of a homesteader in all of us, right?
Recipes with Celery and Carrots
Carrots and celery go together beautifully, and along with onion, they're commonly sautéed in butter or oil to make what is called a mirepoix. For a mirepoix, these savory vegetables are cooked until they're fragrant to create a wonderful base flavor for many dishes.
Celery and carrots are also frequently added to chicken and beef roasts, as well as pasta salads.
Celery Recipes FAQs
What Can I Make with a Lot of Celery?
Any of these celery recipes are a good option to make if you have an abundance of this vegetable!
A couple of my favorite things to make if I have a lot of celery to use up are:
- Fresh celery juice - it takes quite a bit of celery to get juice!
- Celery slaw - like coleslaw, but use very thinly sliced celery instead
- Celery snacks - such as peanut butter or cream cheese-stuffed celery sticks, or hummus with celery for dipping
- Crudites platter - celery sticks are a must on a fresh vegetable platter; add a couple different types of dip to keep it interesting and bring it to any party or gathering
Can I Freeze Celery?
Yes! Raw fresh celery freezes really well. Here's how to flash freeze celery:
- Separate the stalks of celery, wash them well (celery can be quite dirty, and you want to make sure you get all the dirt off), and pat them dry.
- Slice or chop the celery to the size you want.
- Spread the sliced or chopped celery out onto a large tray lined with parchment paper.
- Pop in the freezer until the celery is frozen solid, about 2 hours.
- Transfer the celery to a freezer-safe container or zip-top plastic bag.
- Label the container or bag with the date and contents.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
Is Celery a Negative Calorie Food?
Does celery burn fat? and Does celery help burn belly fat? are common questions people ask about celery.
So-called negative calorie foods are said to take the body more calories to digest than the amount of calories they contain. Celery, along with foods like grapefruit, cucumbers, mushrooms, and cabbage, is claimed to be a negative calorie food.
But what does that really mean?
Nutritionists say that you would need to eat a ton of negative calorie foods to get a significant calorie burn. However, if you replace foods like cookies and cake with negative calorie foods such as celery, it can help with weight loss if it helps create a caloric deficit overall.
To read more about celery and whether it's a negative calorie food, check out these articles:
- Do Negative Calorie Foods Exist? on Medical News Today
- Does Celery Really Have "Negative" Calories? A Nutritionist Weighs In. on GoodRX Health
- Study Finally Confirms Eating Celery Burns More Calories Than it Contains on Food & Wine
Is Celery Keto?
Yes! Celery is a great low carb vegetable that's perfect for incorporating into a keto meal plan and lifestyle. Celery is also a low calorie food with a high water content.
According to WebMD, ½ cup of celery has the following macros:
- 0g fat
- 0g protein
- 1g total carbohydrates
- 1g fiber
- 0g net carbs
Many of the celery recipes featured in this article are low carb and keto! You can read more about the carbs in celery on The Keto Queens.