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6 Surprising Ways to Use Up Celery

6 Surprising Ways to Use Up Celery

These surprising ways to use up celery will have you buying more celery! See all our easy tips – beyond ants-on-a-log…

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6 Surprising Ways to Use Up Celery – Video

Lately, celery has been getting a lot of love.

Two of my favorite podcasts have devoted entire episodes to …celery >>> Sporkful and Proof.

This crunchy veggie, usually only relegated to sad relish trays and grandma’s chicken noodle soup, these pale green stalks and feathery leaves are making a comeback, big time.

But whether it’s hot – or not – celery still has to be used up. Here are my favorite ways to use up the whole celery stalk.

Easy ways to Use up Celery | @TspCurry

Quick Celery Pickles

Don’t toss your leftover pickle juice, especially if that jar of pickles was pricy. But even if the pickle juice was store-brand dills, celery sticks steeped overnight in pickle juice (in the fridge) are delicious the next day. And they only get better after a few days in the fridge. 6 Surprising Ways to Use Up Celery - Waaay beyond ants-on-a-log! #HealthyKitchenHacks via @TspCurry Click To Tweet

Easy Ways to Use up Celery | @TspCurry

Roasted Celery

To make the sweet flavors of celery come out, roast sticks of celery with any other vegetable (from carrots to cauliflower). Just place about 3 stalks (cut into 2-inch sticks) with 2 carrots, or a few potatoes, or other veggies on a baking sheet. (Don’t crowd the veggies – roast on 2 trays if necessary.) Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt; toss to coat. Roast at 400-degrees F for about 20 minutes.

Easy Ways to Use up Celery | @TspCurry

Scoop up canned fish

Chopped celery in tuna salad sandwiches is a classic, for good reason. But this delicious combo can be expanded to canned salmon and canned sardines. Just make a salmon salad sandwich spread – but forget the bread and the spoon, if you’d like. Scoop these healthy dips with celery. Or lay a sardine on a celery stick for a messy, but delicious lunch!

Easy ways to use up celery | @TspCurry

Pair celery with olives

Salty olives and crisp, sorta-sweet celery are a yummy combo. Just toss celery and olives together for a super quick salad. Or add a small bowl of this salad to a cheese plate.

Easy Italian Celery and Orange Salad | @TspCurry

Serve with oranges

Add oranges to the celery, olive combination and you’ve got Easy Italian Celery and Orange Salad – one of the most popular salads in our new cookbook The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. You can also get the recipe here.

Easy ways to use up celery | @TspCurry

In celery cocktails!

Yes, you can eat the celery in your Bloody Mary. But I’m much more partial to the cocktail above. The herbal celery totally compliments the botanicals in the gintonic water brings them together – and orange makes the cocktail sing. (:

What’s your favorite way to use up celery? Maybe ants on a log?

6 Easy Ways to Use up Celery - NOT including chicken soup or ants-on-a-log. You will find yourself buying even more celery! For more #HealthyKitchenHacks - follow @TspCurry

Laura Oswald

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Orange and celery is such a winning combo! Love it. Although I think I have a mild reaction to Orange.

Would you recommend any other less citrusy fruits?


Serena Ball, MS, RD

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Laura, you could also use apples or pears. They would be delicious instead of oranges.

ken Miller

Friday 24th of May 2019

Wow! great healthy hacks and best for me as I am very lazy in cooking Lolzz

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Saturday 16th of March 2019

You always have such creative ideas like this. I love the pickled celery one! I'm a huge fan of pickles and usually have leftover celery that I don't know what to do with.

Serena Ball

Monday 18th of March 2019

Thanks so much AZ. I'm a big pickle fan too! (:


Saturday 16th of March 2019

the yellow parts of the celery stalks are great with the leaves for using in stock. Just throw into a plastic bag and freeze until ready to make the stock.

Serena Ball

Monday 18th of March 2019

What a great idea to have less food waste and make stock more nutritious and tasty. Thanks for commenting, Rose!

Mandy Enright

Friday 15th of March 2019

I'm super intrigued by roasted celery! But I'm even more excited to try that cocktail recipe!

Serena Ball

Monday 18th of March 2019

Are you a gin girl too, Mandy? (: Celery in gin cocktails is so refreshing and herbal - plus it looks cool too!

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