Spicy & sweet celeriac salad RAW

October 12, 2014

Have you ever heard of celeriac? Also called celery root? You have, really? I am just asking because I feel that sometimes people see it as some kind of an alien vegetable that they would never eat, and especially not raw. Most of the people I know would use this poor vegetable it in the best case as a… door stopper. Nowadays celeriac got almost banned from our kitchens and is labelled as boring or strange. Yes, even ugly…! Let it be. But besides its ugliness it is a really great vegetable, that you can use in many dishes. Raw, fried, cooked, mashed, shredded or blended into a cream soup. There is so many possibilities!

For those who did not pay attention to this vegetable before: celeriac is basically the “mother” of the green celery stalks. It grows under the earth supplying on the surface his green and crunchy “kids”.

So today I decided to introduce this veggie to you and give it a new face. If you have never tried celeriac then this salad might be a pretty good try. Yes, the taste is definitely a special one and you has to like it and it is okay if you don’t. But if you have no idea what I am talking about then you should give it a try.

Besides celeriac the other main ingredient that gives this salad its special taste and appearance is turmeric powder. Sunny yellow and very mild in taste, it can be used both in sweet and savory dishes and additionally to its amazing color it is said to be extremely healthy. It is high in antioxidants which makes it anti-inflammatory and it is especially great for digestive problems. Drinking turmeric and ginger tee for a few days helped me against stomach irritations already a few times. If you feel like checking out more in-depths info about its health benefits you can find it here.

And now grab your grater and get into it. I think you will not regret it.

 

Ingredients:

ca. 0,4 kg celeriac

1 long cucumber ( ca 1,5 cups)

2 middle sized carrots

1 hand full of raisins

sauce

1/2 cup (125 g) cashew nuts

50 ml olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup water

1 minced garlic clove

1 heaped tsp turmeric powder

1-2 dates

chili (fresh or dried, decide yourself how much you need. I used 1/2 fresh chili)

1 flat tsp salt

 

Preparation:

1. Grate the celeriac and the carrots. Chop the cucumber into ca 1×1 cm cubes. Put in a bowl together with the raisins.

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2. Make the sauce. In a blender combine all the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Add to the vegetables and mix well. Put on a plate and garnish with some carrots stripes. Done!

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Salad with celeriac, dates, chili and turmeric

So guys, if you happened to give celeriac a try I would really love to hear about your outcomes. Until then celeriac greets x Aneta

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