May 21, 2024


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Vibrant Celery Salad with Dates & Pistachios

3 min read


Holding a bowl of celery salad with dates, mandarins, and pistachios

We often find ourselves with leftover celery after making soups (anyone else?) and now we’ve found the tastiest way to use it up! This celery salad (with dates, mandarins, and pistachios, oh my!) is SO fresh, bright, and crunchy that you’ll wish you had leftover celery every week! 

It’s the perfect simple side or appetizer to pair with richer entrées. It comes together in just 15 minutes and requires just 1 bowl and 8 ingredients! Let us show you how it’s done!

Mandarins, olive oil, celery, dates, lemon, parsley, pistachios, salt, and pepper

How to Make Celery Salad

Celery is wonderful — hydrating, crunchy, fresh, plus rich in vitamin K, folate, potassium, and more. We love it in green juice, soups, salads, and more.

But let’s face reality: Most recipes only use a little bit of celery and it’s challenging to use up the rest of the bunch before it goes bad. This recipe is different — celery takes center stage!

If we didn’t get this recipe to you in time to rescue your sad, limping celery in the back of the fridge, soak it in water overnight and watch it crisp back up. With crisp celery on hand, we’re ready to make salad!

Slicing mandarins next to a bowl of celery and parsley

For this salad, we pair celery with sweet dates, herby parsley, tart-sweet mandarins, crunchy pistachios, and a tangy lemon olive oil dressing. Since celery is somehow mild yet pungent, it’s ideal for pairing with other strong but complementary flavors. Mix it all up in one bowl and serve!

Using two spoons to mix celery salad with lemon olive oil dressing

We hope you LOVE this celery salad! It’s:

& SO delicious!

It pairs beautifully with couscous and coconut yogurt, or alongside our Easy Vegan Moussaka or Kale Falafel Hummus Wraps (30 Minutes!).

More Simple Side Salads

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot of celery salad

Prep Time 15 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Servings 4 (Servings)

Course Salad, Side

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegan

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? 1-2 Days

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3-4 pitted medjool dates, finely chopped (4 dates yield ~1/2 cup or 85g measured after pitting)
  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced celery stalks (4 large stalks yield ~1 ½ cups or 180 g)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped celery leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mandarin orange slices*, peeled and pith removed, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 small mandarins yield ~1 cup chopped)
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped (optional)
  • To a large mixing bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and parsley, and whisk to combine.

  • Add the chopped dates, breaking them apart with your fingers. You can also use a whisk or fork as needed to break them up completely.

  • Add the celery, celery leaves, mandarin oranges, and pistachios (optional) and mix with two spoons until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Taste and adjust as needed, adding more dates for sweetness, lemon juice for brightness, or salt to taste.

  • Best when fresh. Leftovers will keep stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Not freezer friendly.

*Tangerines, satsumas, or clementines will all work.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 3 dates and without optional ingredients.

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 148 Carbohydrates: 22.9 g Protein: 1.2 g Fat: 7.1 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 333 mg Potassium: 361 mg Fiber: 3.1 g Sugar: 18.6 g Vitamin A: 779 IU Vitamin C: 21 mg Calcium: 55 mg Iron: 0.5 mg


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