Parmesan Celery Salad Recipe

A breezy summer-spirited lunch salad made with celery, beans, and Parmesan. And a glance at my attempt at organizing some of my pictures into albums.

Parmesan Celery Salad

I worked on two things over the weekend: organizing my photos into scrapbooks, and making this Parmesan Celery Salad. For years, I've had piles of photos accumulating in drawers, on desks, and in boxes. I suspect it is going to be a long process wrangling them into some sort of order, but at least I now have a plan. The salad? It's crisp and vibrant from the celery and jolt of lemon, creamy from the warm cannelloni beans dusted with wispy threads of grated Parmesan. It hits the warm beans and melts instantly. Prepping the ingredients involves a bit of slicing and toasting, but beyond that, it all comes together in no time.

Celery Salad Recipe

First, a peek at the albums. I came across these bound, cloth-wrapped photo albums at a local art supply store, and it was the motivation I needed to start this project. I suspect a number of you will ask, so here's the scoop. The albums are Kolo. I like the Hudson 3, which holds 300 photos in a narrow but chunky book format. And, the color you see in the photo down below is ivory. They're nice, but not over-the-top precious, if you know what I mean.

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I started by organizing my favorite instant/peel-apart film shots into two of the albums. More than anything, I'm relieved they now live somewhere with a bit of protection. A lot of them were in a stack in my desk drawer floating around alongside recipe clippings, receipts, and long-forgotten to-do lists. Now, the real project is going to be tackling my film archives. I must have fifteen years of slide film I've never properly scanned or printed. Exciting and paralyzing at the same time!.....

Celery Salad Recipe

Here's the celery salad recipe. It couldn't be quicker. And, more than anything, it's a breezy summer-spirited lunch option. The last thing I'll say, and I'll note it down below, this is the sort of thing that is particularly great when you cook your own beans - either from dried, or from fresh shell beans you might come across at the market this time of year.

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Parmesan Celery Salad Recipe

Set aside any celery leaves you might come across while prepping this salad. I always try to buy bunches of celery that are leaf-heavy on top. That said, don't despair if no leaves are visible when you're choosing cellar, there are usually some hiding out atop stalks deeper in the bundle. And for a salad hinged on so few ingredients, my recommendation would be to cook your own beans. Not essential, but well worth the effort.

8 large celery stalks, stripped of strings
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for topping
1 1/2 cups / 10 oz / 285 cooked cannellini or garbanzo beans, heated
3 tablespoons currants (or golden raisins)
1/2 cup / 1 1/2 oz / 40 g sliced almonds, deeply toasted
sea salt or homemade celery salt
freshly chopped herbs (or herb flowers), or reserved celery leaves

Slice the celery stalks quite thinly - 1/8-inch or so. Then, in a small bowl, make a paste with the olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan. Set aside. In a large bowl toss the heated beans with the olive-Parmesan mixture. When well combined, add the celery, currants, and most of the almonds. Toss once more. Taste and add a bit of salt if needed. Serve in a bowl or platter topped with herb flowers and/or celery leaves.

Serves 4-6.

Prep time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 5 minutes

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I am absolutely craving this right now...(well, maybe not for breakfast)...I can just taste the crunchy, salty, cold, sweetness, all of it! It's perfect!


Oh this sounds so good. I don't tolerate dairy so I will need to make a cheese substitution. I am thinking for grinding raw cashews with salt and nutritional yeast. I think that will be great!

Dawn @cuter than gluten

This sounds so fabulous! A must try :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

The salad sounds delicious! Picture sorting can be such fun!

Tracy A.

Soo lovely!

Littledessert - Recept & Webbshop

Soo lovely!

Littledessert - Recept & Webbshop

I also like to add arugula and replace almonds with walnuts in this salad. It's so good!


I like to add arugula to this salad and use walnuts instead of almonds. It's such a great dish for the hot summer months!

HS: Great call Mike - I did a version with celery, walnuts, citrus segments, and Parmesan in Super Natural Cooking. Still a favorite.

Mike @TheIronYou

The salad sounds absolutely delicious! And I can really relate to the good feeling one gets from getting organised - I need to do the same!

Maria @ Scandifoodie

i havce SUCH a celery obsession - i could, legitimately, eat it all day long. And now I have this salad to continue my celery-spree!

Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles

Excellent summer recipe.

Ivona Poyntz

Brava for doing a salad of celery. It is oft overlooked as a viable main star ingredient and gets short shrift. This combination reminds me of a delightful stew of white beans by Melissa Clark where the hit of celery leaves really makes the beans dance. That flavor combination is stellar.


Stripping the strings could most likely be done with a veggie peeler--my question is why? Love celery, love seeing it as a star performer. Thanks!


Great recipe because I often find myself buying celery and then have ALL this celery left over and after my 5 year old says no more ants on a log - it's nice to have options :)

Averie @ Averie Cooks

This might sound like a silly question, but how do you strip celery of it's strings? Is there a trick to it?

HS: Hi Leah, I take an individual stalk, break it as close to the base as possible. Snap and pull the segment (and all the attached strings) the length of the stalk. I do that a few times per stalk. I never bother with a peeler.


I've never thought to feature celery as the main ingredient in a salad! The combination with parmesan, nuts, and fruit almost reminds me of a Waldorf salad. Love it!


You come up with the best recipes! I'm looking forward to trying this one. I love the photo of the kolo albums against the warm white mantle. It makes me want to paint my living room white.

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

Celery was an acquired taste for me, but now I am making up for lost time. This not only looks delicious, but totally gorgeous. And, as a side note, I am in love your fireplace - so dreamy!

Kathryn * Dramatic Pancake

YUM! this salad looks delicious. I love the addition of beans and currants to balance the flavors from sweet and savory. Organizing photos is on my "To Do" list as well, but I do not see myself getting around to it anytime soon. :)

Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

I've been making this salad, but with pumpkin seeds and without the beans, all summer; I look forward to trying this variation. And I now have quite a stash of celery leaves that I've been saving to try your celery salt recipe--I think it's time!


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