The Forgotten Veggie
Celery is like the forgotten vegetable—no one ever thinks of it. But if I had to make just one salad all fall, it would be this one, in which celery plays a starring role. A super-crunchy showstopper with an unexpected flavor profile, this dish is dead simple to prepare. I always marvel at how the clean, pure taste of each ingredient comes through in every bite. In addition to refreshing celery, there’s earthy sunchoke, sweet pear, toasty hazelnut, and briny Manchego—all of them married together with a lemony vinaigrette.
I like to serve this salad with a decadent main course, like a braise or a roast, because its zippy flavors cut through the richness. And sometimes I play around with the ingredients, subbing pecorino Toscano for the Manchego, apples for the pears, or fennel for the celery. You should feel free to do the same.