While summer is usually when you’re looking for something cool and refreshing like salad, most greens flourish in the winter months.
I’m a huge lover of salad. All salad. Beet salad, bean salad, potato salad, cease salad, dinner salad, chicken salad… Come at me bro. One thing I had never tried before coming to Turkey, however, was boiled celery salad.
And was I missing out!
What is actually found in Turkey is celeriac, a type of celery grown for it’s root rather than the stalks (the latter being the one we know and love in the US). There is a slight taste difference (in that the celeriac has a stronger flavor) and I think I like celeriac better.
Much more interesting! Because: salad!
1 celery root/stalks, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, grated
Salt to taste
Olive oil to taste
Lemon juice to taste
1. Boil the chopped celery root and stalks (or just the leftover stalks if you need the root for something else) and chopped carrot together. Boil until soft.
2. Drain the water (which can be reserved for soup if you like). Let the celery and carrot cool in a bowl/on a plate.
3. Grate your garlic onto the boiled veggies. Don’t limit yourself. The only thing better than 4 cloves of garlic is 5 cloves of garlic. Add olive oil, lemon juice (from a lemon! That preserved stuff is gross), and salt.
4. Mix well and serve luke warm or cold.