Homemade Celery Salt

Homemade Celery Salt Recipe

A number of you requested I post about making homemade celery salt. It's great. I mean it. You should make it too. If you make some each time you buy a bunch of celery, you end up with a bottomless jar of celery-spiked salt. And this way, minimal celery parts go to waste, except the celery strings - my suspicion is there won't be many tears shed over that.

Homemade Celery Salt

A few weeks back I mentioned I like it sprinkled on this corn soup. It's just as good on buttered corn-on-the cob, in yogurt, sprinkled over eggs. This time of year its great on things like macaroni salad, or egg salad, this shaved fennel salad, or this buttermilk farro salad. I bet it'd be great on Sara's Green bean salad, or Deb's Israeli salad. You get the idea.

Here's the catch though. You have to find celery with leaves still intact. You'll likely have more luck at farmers' markets, but I've noticed more and more grocers sparing leaves from the trash. Also, leaves hide. You'll find more and more as you work your way from outside stalks to inside ones.

I make other salts on occasion too - a mixed citrus version comes to mind. Also, one with herbs de Provence. Hook me up with other ideas if you've got them. I'm sure I'm not the only one game to try out new salts.


Homemade Celery Salt

I've made celery salt with a number of different types of salt, and the flaky, whispers of Maldon sea salt is my current favorite. The shards are similar in size to the crumbled celery leaves, which works nicely. With some of the finer sea salts, you get more separation. Which is not what you want.

Leaves from one bunch of celery
flaky sea salt (see head notes)

Pick the leaves from each celery stalk, leaving the stems behind. The outer leaves tend to be dark green and hearty, the inner leaves pale green and tender. I use them all.

Rinse the leaves with cold water in a strainer, then shake off as much of the water as you can. At this point you want to dry the leaves as much as possible, so they toast (not steam) when you cook them. Gently pat them dry in a clean dish towel, or paper towels. Once dry you have two options for toasting the leaves.

1) If I have a lot of leaves, I arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then bake in a 350F / 180C oven for about 5-7 minutes. Bake until dehydrated and crispy, but not browned.

2) If I have fewer leaves, or just don't feel like heating the oven, I'll throw them in a large skillet. Single layer if possible, over medium-low heat. Again, you want to barely toast them, not brown the leaves much.

In either case, when you're done cooking. Remove from heat and let the leaves cool completely. They'll crisp up even more at this point. When cool, use your fingers to crumble the leaves completely, discarding any leaves that aren't crispy.

Combine equal parts celery leaves and salt in a jar, and either stir or shake to distribute the celery leaves evenly throughout.

Prep time: 5 min - Cook time: 5 min

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This looks so easy and tasty! I can't wait to try it! :)


Wow - amazing! I love these sort of everyday useful, storecupboard recipes :)


I love the idea of making my own salts! Sounds great Heidi.


July 18, 2011

Very clever. I love that it's made with sea salt because commercial celery salt isn't. Thank you for sharing how it's made.


July 18, 2011

I never would have thought of this, but it sounds like a small detail that makes a small (or big) dish so much nicer. I also love the idea of having a bottomless celery salt jar that keeps on feeding and growing - how fun!

Once again, great idea! Thanks for sharing this.


July 18, 2011

I'm pretty sure I'll never make celery salt, but because of your blog, I did cook myself a meal tonite instead of eating take-out! Thanks for all the inspiration, Heidi!


Bev Weidner
July 18, 2011


I'm on it! NOW.

Okay, not now. Tomorrow? Soon, I'm on it SOON!


Anjali Shah
July 18, 2011

What a cool recipe!! I had no idea you could actually MAKE celery salt at home from scratch. Can't wait to try this soon! :)


These photos are different.....new place, new light, eh? Very nice.


This is awesome! I had never even thought to make this myself. I'm all over this now. Thank you!!


July 18, 2011

Celery salt is something I never thought could be made at home, but I will definitely give this a try! I never buy celery because I don't like spending money on an item I hardly use, but knowing I can make this out of something I usually throw away gives a whole new perspective, and I'm sure I'll find lots of new things to sprinkle it on; thanks for the suggestions and the recipe!


Karin Ross
July 18, 2011

Thanks! Celery salt is the "secret" ingredient in many of my Mother's best dishes. I always thought it was made with celery seed.


July 18, 2011

Such a neat idea. I normally just cook with kosher salt, but homemade celery salt is a compelling alternative, especially for finishing dishes. Would make a unique gift, too. Thanks, Heidi!


Love this. What a great idea!


Tami in Ruidoso
July 18, 2011

I've made lime and green tea salt. Put green tea, lime zest and kosher or sea salt into mortar & pestle, grind or pound until finely crumbled (powdery) & mixed. Spread on sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper & put in a low oven about 1 hour to dry. It's great sprinkled on sea scallops before cooking, then making a sauce adding white wine and lime juice to get all the crusty bits out of the pan. It stores well if completely dried.


Once again you've inspired me to go the home-made route and make my own salts. I'm immediately thinking chile and lime would be divine or a savory and sweet ginger/lemongrass salt. Thanks Heidi.


I've never had it, but I have always wanted to! Something about it makes me want to put it ON celery, lol. Great recipe!


la domestique
July 18, 2011

It's simple things like homemade celery salt that make food taste exceptional. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Love the idea of having your own "house" salt blends and there are so many cool ideas in the comments today!


July 18, 2011

Perfect for a bloody mary I guess...


July 18, 2011

très sympa cette recette


July 18, 2011



July 18, 2011

I will have to try this! I made a lemon zest and chive salt a while ago that I had read about in the Jamie Oliver magazine. It was dreamy for dipping eggs.


July 19, 2011

lime salt is great sprinkled over a bowl of chili.
wasabi salt is amazing on tempura.
matcha salt and creamy eggs are a match made in heaven!
also a fan of lavender salt, ume salt, and sage salt.
just made a fresh bottle of lemon salt.
next up: celery salt and chive salt!


July 19, 2011

Heidi, you are the best! I love this stuff and can't find a decent version in the UK shops. I am going to try your version.


Orit Levi
July 19, 2011

Looks wonderful!


July 19, 2011

All I need now is some vodka, tomato juice, you can see were this is going , nice idea, thanks.


July 19, 2011


Thanks for this. It looks great. I will add it to my new collection of home made flavoured salts. I made some with Provencal flavourings - Maldom Salt (I live in the UK), chopped fresh thyme, rosemary and lavender and also some with chopped and crushed chipotle chilis.


July 19, 2011

That should have read "Maldon"


July 19, 2011

Simple and super easy but also really handy to add that something extra to normal dishes. Thanks for this, really.


July 19, 2011

Wow-cool idea!


July 19, 2011

what a great idea! Have to keep that in mind. maybe as christmas gifts?


Nuts about food
July 19, 2011

Great idea. I love putting the more tender inner leaves chopped up in salads. It adds great flavor to mixed greens.


Simply Life
July 19, 2011

wow! I never thought to do this - great idea! Thanks!


July 19, 2011

I've always wanted to make this! Thanks for the recipe!


such a cool idea! this is one of those things you never really think of making a homemade version of but then i'm sure the second i try it i'll be kicking myself for not doing it before :)


Inspired Edibles
July 19, 2011

Fantastic. I love the simplicity. Sea salt is my variety of choice as well - higher mineral content and although not as coarse as kosher salt, I love the variation in colour in the non-altered types.


July 19, 2011

There's this great little herb & spice merchants in a pocket of Melbourne, I recently bought their Tahitian vanilla salt ~ need to get into the kitchen and try it out.
The shop has so many interesting salts, sugars, herbs etc, it would suit you actually - I think Melbourne needs a visit from you, h!


July 19, 2011

I adore it. I tried it in Belgium, they served us with cheese and beer. I'll try your recipe very soon. Thanks as usual.
I've also received your last book. It's wonderful and rich of inspiration as the first one. Brava!


Angela (Oh She Glows)
July 19, 2011

Gorgeous photography. :)
It's never occurred to me to make this, but it looks a lot easier than I expected it would be. I'll have to give it a shot!


July 19, 2011

recently started reading your blog. so inspiring. i also ordered your books so i can try to incorporate whole foods in my family


July 19, 2011

I absolutely love the fresh taste of celery seed in most cold summer sides but never buy celery salt as it always seems so synthetic tasting. I NEVER considered making my own celery salt. I will absolutely be making this pronto.

I've been reading your blog for years and have started visiting a nutritionist. Your blog and books... especially Super Natural Ever Day have helped turn what could've been thought of as a punishing limiting diet into an exciting new challenge and rediscovery in the kitchen. Your recipes have made this journey delicious.


July 19, 2011

What a great idea! Sunday brunch bloody Mary's are the perfect vehicle for this :)


July 19, 2011

This recipe is brilliant. I used celery leaves for the first time a couple of years ago and now throw them into salads, etc.. I am so excited to have this recipe to add to so much more. I'm going to make this today. I can hardly wait. Awesome.


Nicole Franzen
July 19, 2011

I LOVE this. I LOVE celery and salt. What a better idea then to make your own. Drool :)


Kelly Deen
July 19, 2011

So excited to make this - Do you think lovage leaves would work as well? I have a whole bush!


molly @ mollys menu
July 19, 2011

Love this! What a delicious way to season a summer tomato sandwich.


July 19, 2011

What a fabulous idea! I usually just take the leafy parts and freeze them for later use in soups or stocks.


July 19, 2011

My brother usually grows way too much basil and at the end of the season (we live around Seattle) I harvest as much as I can, wash and dry it and stuff it into a big jar with layers of big salt grainsl. Then shake it a lot - keep it in the refrigerator - shake it well every day - the leaves finally dry out so I can either fish them out in the dead of winter or season dishes with the salt. My last batch is two years old and finally down to little salt grains. I like using the salt in pasta water as well as in dishes.


July 19, 2011

Hi thanks for this brilliant idea Hidi! I love to use celery leaves for homemade boillon or for a quick pesto recipe (celery + celery leaves and pine nuts + ricotta and parmesan...) nothin' should ever be wasted! The celery salt is a quite new recipe to me, so i'll try it sooner or later (have to find the flake salt though...) kisses...


Juls @ Juls' Kitchen
July 19, 2011

my favourite flavoured home-made salt is a Tuscan version, made with garlic, rosemary, sage and black pepper. We rub it on meat, it's great on roasted potatoes!


July 19, 2011

How cool is that?! I love finding easy, tasty little tricks like this that I never would have thought of. Thanks!


Cat K.
July 19, 2011

I LOVE celery salt! And it's great on homemade popcorn!


Kazia Jankowski
July 19, 2011

This would be so great in a Bloody Mary! Thanks for the recipe.


July 19, 2011

thanks for posting the recipe! something else i like is lemon salt, similar preparation with dried lemon zest!


July 19, 2011

Love this idea! I have always used up my celery leaves, and just love the flavor out of them. It's very underrated by people! Would love to do this with a Bloody Mary like Kazia said, great idea!


July 19, 2011

This is great thank you!
Could you please also post a recipe for home made curry paste?
On a different note, would you consider making a gluten free category on your site?


Mitchell Webster
July 19, 2011

I absolutely love the recipe and the photographs, you do an amazing job with your blog!
I always try to find celery with the most leaves on, as I use everything in all recipes!! I also cook/steam celery as a vegetable which is done more in Europe than here in America.
I will be making some celery salt, I have already done several bunches int he dehydrator for winter use.


July 19, 2011

I once ate a ton of celery to reduce my blood pressure. (If you google it, you'll see how amazing celery is). It worked, too. This is an interesting combination with salt as a flavoring. My blood pressure is no longer an issue so I think I'll try this one.


July 19, 2011

I once ate lots of celery to reduce my blood pressure. It worked, and since it's no longer a problem I'd love to try this recipe. I've used lavender, mint and sundried tomatoes in salt, why not celery? Thanks for the recipe.


July 19, 2011

My husband and I eat celery every day as a side by itself. I'll have to save some leaves for this, though, as I usually use them in place of lettuce in salads and on sandwiches. I think I'll toss some celery seeds in this along with the salt. :)


July 19, 2011

I have a terrible time using up bunches of celery. Maybe if I use the leaves, I'll feel a little better about having to toss out sad, limp stalks next time. Thanks for sharing, Heidi.

By the way, do you know for about how long this salt will keep?


July 19, 2011

What a delicious idea and perfect for a little gift set of different flavored salts in used baby jars. I knew I was saving those things for a reason.....


Chandra Paton
July 19, 2011

I am always looking for an alternative celery salt, of which the ingredients I can pronounce, especially it is bloody mary season! Thanks!


Carole Ferguson
July 19, 2011

Great idea for celery salt. Will do that shortly! Maldon salt is the most wonderful finishing salt. I once that all this fancy salt stuff was silly. I was wrong.

Does anyone have a great favorite banana bread recipe? I have the bottom drawer of the freezer full of old bananas that are ready for bread.


July 19, 2011

How clever! What a great way to eliminate waste and make something useful.


jan canyon
July 19, 2011

If you can grow some Lovage, you can take the celery salt idea to the next level. Lovage tastes like intense celery and is so good on so many things. It was used in ancient roman cookery. Oh. I love your new cookbook!


I am salivating as we speak. Yum. That egg on waffle with the salt on top ...ouff.


July 19, 2011

Sounds like it would be great on shirred eggs, too. Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe.


ms tammy
July 19, 2011

Oh I can see my Bloody Mary on Saturday morning is going to be even more perfect than before!! :-)


July 19, 2011

Wow, wow, wow. I LOVE the idea of making my own kitchen staples like this. I have never used celery salt much, but the idea of making my own is so cool I will start just for that reason!


July 19, 2011

Any thoughts on using kosher salt instead?


July 19, 2011

I use celery salt for one thing: delicious super easy coleslaw. Shred 1 head of savoy cabbage; toss with bottled all-natural blue cheese dressing of your choice (or make your own of course), generously season with celery salt and fresh ground black pepper. Chill for several hours before serving. Thanks for all the amazing recipes, Heidi!


July 19, 2011

Could you show us how to make garlic salt???? Lovely post.


love cooking
July 19, 2011

This is something new to me. Never try to do this before. I like it. But I like the smell of coriander, don't know it will work or not?


What a wonderful idea! I can't believe I didn't think about this, I hate wasting food and love celery salt.
Thanks for sharing.


Great, simple recipe! Love that silver platter.


July 19, 2011

oh wow I never even thought to make my own celery salt. You throw the leaves or rest away anyways so what a great idea. You can always use this for your bloody mary



Deana @CookTJ
July 19, 2011

Celery leaves always head straight to our compost pile, but I'll give this a try next time. I discovered flavored salts via Eric Gower, and I make and use matcha salt, lavender salt, tangerine salt, lime salt, hickory salt.... I love using those -- even on something completely simple like popcorn or eggs. It gives a subtle new dimension.
Thanks for sharing!


July 19, 2011

Dried mushroom salt, shiitake for example. Delicious!


July 19, 2011

Made some of this at Christmas time to put in soup, and it's delicious and has also just been sitting, forgotten about, on the shelf since then. Any idea if this salt keeps indefinitely?

Also, love the idea of putting it on corn on the cob, can't wait to try that tonight!


July 19, 2011

Thanks a lot for your recipe. I like so much this salt but never thought doing myself..


Primordial Soup
July 19, 2011

Surprised to hear that the leaves of celery end up in compost for so many people. I use them in place of parsley if I've run out, and always in soups. Just throw them in with the celery in whatever recipe you're making. Suggest drying the leaves outside (on a parchment-lined cookie sheet) whilst the sunny summer weather is here. Works for me, and less heating up the kitchen!

HS: Love the sun-dried tip. Not conducive to the SF summer unfortunately. :/


July 19, 2011

Love this idea and always enjoy looking at your pictures.


July 19, 2011

Never thought of making celery salt. Thanks so much! Now I am inspired to see if the same method can work for mint salt or basil salt, etc...


Thanks for sharing this how to. It would be fun to make as gifts too!


Brenda Crow
July 19, 2011

What a great idea Heidi. I've made celery salt often with the seeds, but would lever have thought of drying out the leaves to incorporate them instead. This just opens up all sort of doors in the dried leaf/herb + salt world. Love it, thanks!

HS: Thanks Brenda - hope all is well on your end. xo


July 19, 2011

Heidi, these photos are amazing. Possibly some of your best? Totally beautiful.

Im going to make this celery salt to to go in my ultimate bloody mary this weekend.


July 19, 2011

Lovely idea, could you dry the leaves in the sun I wonder?


July 19, 2011

I'm growing celery in the garden this year so have PLENTY of leaves! Will try this out.


July 19, 2011

wow, this is a great idea, i literally would never have considered making my own, but it sounds totally achievable..

(Damn, i through some celery away earlier that still had a lot of leaves on!)



Ally @ omnomally.com
July 19, 2011

A great idea :D Finally something I can do with the enormous bunches of celery leaves I have left over. I know what I will be doing with my latest bunch of celery tonight!


July 19, 2011

This receipe is great. Possibly think about doing your next book on this subject. As for a different type of "celery salt", I like mixing citrus zest in my cooking . It adds a zing and a twist and makes people going hmmm... what is that. Try different oranges, lemon, lime and a tiny bit of grapefruit. If the zing is a bit much and small drizzle of honey balances the dish.


July 19, 2011

Hi Katie, do try to save those limp stalks of left over celery and add them finely chopped into your soups and stews. If you have enough of the stalks finely chopped and you decide to freeeze, then once yu have collected enough then you can make a cream of celery soup. Happy cooking.


July 19, 2011

Perfect. Have the ends of a celery stalk in my fridge right now. Plus I haven't been able to buy it anywhere (in UK) and I love it with quail eggs.
We have put gomasio on the menu of our cafe this summer. Toasted sesame seeds ground with maldon seasalt ( paired with toasted sourdough, rapeseed oil, avocado and fresh tomato for breakfast) simple but yum


July 19, 2011

OK, now I know what else to do with the celery-herb plant in my garden! Not sure the name (it was here when we bought the house), but the leaves taste like celery, but the stems are just spindly things.


Kiwi guy
July 19, 2011

wow, what a fantastically quick....and yum recipe.


July 19, 2011

I really like the idea of using the celery leaves to make celery salt (which I use constantly). It's such a great way to make "total" use of celery -- rather than just the stalks for stocks and broths and/or for munching on raw.


July 19, 2011

An awesome idea! I shall try it with lovage leaves as my garden lovage plant is taller than I am and the flavour is more intense than celery. I think simply air drying the leaves would work too as I generally do this for winter storage (as well as freezing some entire stalks for soups). Unless you buy organic celery, it tends to hold a lot of the pesticides used in growing. All the more reason to grow your own lovage plant and use that instead. it requires no presticides.


Vicki Bensinger
July 19, 2011

Wow so simple and I'm sure much tastier than purchasing the jarred versions.

Thanks for posting. This will be fun to create!


July 19, 2011

My mother in law taught me to save the leaves of celery and lay them out to dry for a few days on a paper towel on the kitchen counter. Once completely dry, they can go in a jar in the pantry and be added to soups, stews etc. (the leaves seem to be the most flavorful part of celery). It never dawned on me to use them for homemade celery salt though. I'm excited to try it! (I think I'll try the pan toasting too. Seems like it would add another dimension of flavor.)


July 19, 2011

I can already tell what I will be giving at Christmas time, all sorts of goodies from this fabulous website, and this salt will be one of the main items in the basket.......Thanks for such wonderful ideas!!


July 19, 2011

I make a seasoning with celery - sun dry celery stalks with fresh red chillies. Dry grind in mixie. Makes an excellent seasoning for soups, bakes and dips.
Besides, each time the seasoning tastes different.


keli aiello
July 19, 2011

This time of year my mortal & pestle are hard at work with herbs & Salts.........I am happily reminded that sometimes..........dried has it's place!
There is a wonderful dried Oregano from Italy that is pungent and dusty......and dried!! I love to use it.
Hard to find ....imported and worth it.........!
Luv those Herbs any way they come.


July 19, 2011

Heidi, I've never really figured out celery salt, but in the last couple years I've experimented growing celery in our backyard vegetable garden. Our has never grown those long, thick stalks, but I experimented last fall (which comes early here in Minnesota) by making sort of a celery broth after the crop froze in the garden, then froze the broth in ice cube trays. Home-grown celery has a wonderfully powerful flavor, so it's been any easy way to throw a bit of celery punch to soups and stews with a couple "celery cubes." Cheers!


July 19, 2011

Will have to try it,I just bought celery salt yesterday :(


Emma Galloway
July 20, 2011

We love chilli salt for dipping green mango into in our house.

P.S your photos seem to have gone up another notch since you've been in your new house, loving them!


July 20, 2011

I think that this could be a good way to use leftover celery :-). My dad used to dry celery in the sun/air, it was very effective, maybe I should try that and add salt...



July 20, 2011

I don't have a salt idea but my stepmother would always use celery leaves, oregano, and parsley to favor her marinara then she would add a bunch of veggies to it. It is delicious.


July 20, 2011

I make lavender salt and rosemary salt. Freshly popped popcorn with rosemary salt and a little butter is my favorite.


July 20, 2011

I'm really looking forward to making this, and I too love the fact that it's made with Sea salt. I'm also going to make a jar up for a friend who is a big celery lover. Thanks Heidi, for so many simple and practical ideas.


July 20, 2011

I bet this would be tasty with lovage too! Thanks for the inspiration.


Sophie Delphis
July 20, 2011

Thank you for this. It had never occurred to me to make my own!


July 20, 2011

this was so nice on fresh sliced tomato....thanks for a great idea


July 20, 2011

This is fantastic. I know you described how to make this in a previous post but it definitely deserves highlighting like this.


July 20, 2011

What a great idea! I hate waste but never even used to regard chucking out my celery leaves - and this post has saved them from the future trash can. I'd love to try some chive salt!


I LOVE celery salt! A touch of celery on hand ... because I can never seem to use up a whole bunch! :)


July 21, 2011

What a wonderful way to get more use out of celery! I sometimes throw the leaves on salad or tuck them into sandwiches- I feel bad throwing them out! Now I know I can make this, thanks for the recipe!


July 21, 2011

Now THIS is a recipe.

Simple, elegant, simple, perfect.

Reminds me of why I love to cook.


July 21, 2011

The pictures are stunning. Flavored salt is an idea I had never thought of before. Do you use flavored salts a lot? I've never tried it before. I guess celery salt will have to be my first. Thanks for sharing!


Hungry Sofia
July 21, 2011

I have to try this. I love that you found a use for the top leaves because I hate throwing anything out.


July 21, 2011

I've just recently embraced celery salt - for a long time I viewed it with suspicion, as though it were some sort of imposter.

Celery salt on corn soup sounds fantastic, though, and corn should be hitting its peak soon. My favorite homemade salt is thyme-salt, which I love sprinkled on fish with a squirt of lemon juice. I don't usually make it - I just grab some thyme from the garden, since it grows year-round here - but it's always a nice change.


Rocky Mountain Woman
July 21, 2011

My little granddaughter makes different kinds of salt and gives them to me for my birthday and Christmas. She makes a paprika salt that I just love and she also makes a few different kinds of sugars, lavender & vanilla are my favorite.

I love coming up with ideas to cook with her creations and then taking some of it to her!


July 22, 2011

Thanks so much for posting this! I'm making it TODAY and then putting it on the buttermilk farro salad!!!!!


Amy WK
July 22, 2011

I've followed your blog for a long time now, but never posted a comment. Great work you are doing here with the photos, food, and seasonal ingredients. Thank you for the thought and time that you put into this work.
As for this salt, do you think lovage leaves would work as well? Similar flavor and smell as celery... I have a lot of it in my garden and it's threatening to bolt. Ordinarily, my lovage gets used for straws/stir sticks for bloody marys...but one can only make so many of those!


July 22, 2011

You are a genius. I'm wanting to make some homemade dried and ground up tomato skins---what would you call that, exactly?

But I think I may just make this first. Thanks!

HS: Completely intrigued!


July 22, 2011

Great recipe! It would take a simple summer tomato soup to a whole new level. I will be making this asap. Thanks so much.


July 23, 2011

are you aware that there is a "seasoning celegy" that is grown for its leaves? it does not develop a large stock. i'll going to buy some seeds. i love your blog. thank you. http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/seeds-hm/herbsC.htm


July 23, 2011

Making your own celery salt is such a fab idea! I've used the store bought stuff, but now I want to try this.


July 24, 2011

Love this! How long will the celery salt keep? Should I store it in the fridge or pantry?


July 24, 2011

I always wondered what the heck celery salt was actually for, I mean, we have it sitting in our kitchen, but no-one really uses it for anything, Then one time I decided to put it in our favourite chicken recipe and it was amazing!. . . I eat the celery strings! haha.


This seal salt would be fantastic on eggs!


July 24, 2011

Has anyone made VANILLA SALT? I had some from Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Fantastic but expensive. I use it on caramel desserts or for finishing things with dark chocolate.


Stacey S
July 25, 2011

I do the same thing with Basil and Tarragon.


July 25, 2011

When I worked at Oliveto years ago we used to make fennel salt which was amazingly fragrant and delicious on all manner of things, especially the spit roasted offerings at the restaurant.

Wild fennel grows like mad here in the Bay Area. A 5 minute hike in the hills and you're bound to find wild fennel stalks that are 4 or 5 feet high with large green fennel fronds.

We'd pick a few, hang them to dry for a few weeks and then pluck the fronds and mix them in with kosher salt. If you don't have wild fennel, you can easily use the fronds from farmer's market or store bought fennel. It makes a wonderfully aromatic, delicious salt that's great on fish, chicken, pork and anything you'd use fennel on. I bet it would be great on a pasta dish.

Anyhow, great post as usual.

HS: Thanks Adam. I love the idea of fennel salt. My sister has fennel in her back yard - note to self. Lovely pics on your site, btw.


July 25, 2011

Thanks for the great idea! The stuff that comes from spice companies doesn't taste like celery at all to me.

I've been making a salt with rosemary and lemon zest. I use about equal parts of each--I always use kosher salt for the commenter who asked about this--and grind everything together in a coffee grinder that I just use for spices. Sometimes, a bit of dried garlic will end up in there too. It usually needs to dry overnight. Perfect over scrambled eggs or grilled corn on the cob.

I'm working on a similar blend with orange zest and dried chile. Definitely remove the seeds from the chile, but I'm still play ing with the ratios so that it isn't too spicy.


Maria faria
July 25, 2011

humm... looks good!! fantastic recipe!
Good job!!


Josseph Cohen
July 27, 2011

A very nice idea! Can I let the leaves dry in the sun?


This is beautiful! Totally making this tonight! Aloha:)


Celery salt - great idea. It would probably go very nice into instant noodles too!


July 28, 2011

looks delish. can't wait to make this!

BTW how do we contact Heidi? I am looking for her email- have a question to ask about kid and adult friendly salad dishes which would go well at a late summer potluck in the park. Thanks Wenn

HS: Hi Wenn, in the left hand margin you can click on the "salads" link or try "summer"....there are a good number of potluck friendly ideas there.


July 30, 2011

Thanks Heidi, shall add that one to my pantry. I dehydrate lemon rind & grind it & black peppercorn up for a healthier version of lemon pepper, great on avocados


August 2, 2011

This is what I was looking for! I wasn't sure to how celery salt was made. I dont get to buy it around here and the idea of homemade is anyway a total hit! thanks for sharing with us.


August 2, 2011

Wow I have to try this celery salt! Thanks for sharing


Dr. Sarah Cimperman
August 3, 2011

I look forward to trying this home-made seasoning. I always add tender celery leaves to salads and save the tougher, darker ones for soup stock. But this will be a good use for them as well!


August 3, 2011

This is great! I was just feeling guilty about the prospect of throwing away a bunch of celery leaves. Now i know just what to do.


August 3, 2011

I finally got around to making and I'm hooked, what a great idea ! My favorite is on fresh gorgeous sliced tomatoes and cream cheese on a toasted bagel !


August 4, 2011

Carol Ferguson -- there's a terrific banana bread recipe in the Good Housekeeping cookbook (mine is circa 1964, but I bet you can Google it). I store old bananas in the freezer for just this reason.


August 6, 2011

This looks great! I am drying my celery leaves as we speak ... I'm wondering, though, if this is equal parts by volume, or by weight?