Celeriac and Apple Salad with Watercress

Celeriac and Apple Salad with Watercress
Viviane Bauquet Farre


For the vinaigrette

  • 1/2 teaspoon  Meyer lemon zest, grated finely
  • 2 tablespoons  Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon  honey
  • 1/2  shallot, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons  dill, chopped finely
  • 4 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon  sea salt
  •   Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad

  • 1/4 cup  pine nuts
  • 1/2  medium-sized celeriac bulb, peeled and julienned
  • Gala or other firm-fleshed apples, halved, cored, and julienned
  • 2 bunchs  watercress, preferably hydroponic, stalks trimmed
  • snippets dill, for garnish
  •   Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Celeriac (also called celery root or knob celery) might be one of the ugliest-looking vegetables you’ll ever lay your eyes on. A plant species in the family of common celery, celeriac is grown for its bulb rather than its stems, which are stringy and unpalatable.

But beneath that scabby skin and those gnarly roots, celeriac hides an exquisitely perfumed white flesh. And although the root’s aroma is very pronounced, its flavor turns out to be quite delicate.

Combined with the fragrant, sweet apples, the ambrosial Meyer lemon vinaigrette, and the spunky watercress, this salad wakes up the taste buds, and makes you (almost) forget that it’s midwinter.


For the vinaigrette

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until well blended and set aside.

For the salad

Place the pine nuts in a small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from heat and set aside. Combine the celeriac and apples in a large bowl. Drizzle with ½ of the vinaigrette and toss well.

Set out 4 plates. Place a small mound of the watercress leaves in the center of each plate. Top with the celeriac-apple mixture. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette, garnish with the pine nuts and a dill leaf. Season with additional freshly ground black ground pepper, to taste, and serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

201 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 78g 120%
  • Carbs 26g 9%
  • Saturated 9g 46%
  • Fiber 5g 21%
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 46g
  • Polyunsaturated 17g
  • Protein 12g 23%
  • Sodium 461mg 19%
  • Calcium 332mg 33%
  • Magnesium 161mg 40%
  • Potassium 1,303mg 37%
  • Iron 5mg 25%
  • Zinc 3mg 19%
  • Phosphorus 436mg 62%
  • Vitamin A 326µg 36%
  • Vitamin C 108mg 180%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 25%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 23%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 29%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 52µg 13%
  • Vitamin E 13mg 66%
  • Vitamin K 584µg 730%
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