It was a stunning weekend in San Francisco and the perfect weather for BBQ and a scrumptious salad. A dear friend — who happens to be a chef! — taught me how to make one of his favorite simple salads: a shaved celery salad.
If you've never shaved celery, don't get intimidated; it's easy. Using a regular potato peeler, remove and discard the outside stringiness. Then use the inner shavings as the base for the salad.
The crisp celery complements the creamy Gorgonzola, sweet dates, and crunchy, candied walnuts. All of the ingredients can be prepped far in advance and quickly assembled just before serving. To shave your own celery and get started on this elegant, yet effortless salad, read more. Candied Walnuts Serves 4.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 cup Olive Oil
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 bunch of celery, cleaned, peeled and sliced
Leaves from inner celery heart
12-15 dates, pitted and julienned
8 ounces Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbled