Celery Chopped Salad with Dates, Feta and Nuts (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Celery Chopped Salad with Dates, Feta and Nuts (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

The very first Hungry Lady Salad of 2023! This will make you rethink celery.
I’ve been making variations of this salad for years, usually when I don’t have salad greens on hand but crave that fresh, bright flavor that only a salad can bring. And before you question the usability of the celery you forgot in the back of your refrigerator, I have a hack for you! If your celery is a little wilted, simply place it in a bowl of ice water to heighten the crispiness, then drain on a tea towel before continuing. You can thank me later.

Watch Me Make My Celery Chopped Salad with Dates, Feta and Nuts

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How To Make My Celery Chopped Salad with Dates, Feta and Nuts

Step 1. Seperate the celery stalks and leaves. Slice the stalks thinly on a bias and roughly chop the leaves.  

Step 2. To toast the nuts, warm them in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant and toasted, about 2-4 minutes. 

Step 3. Place sliced celery stalks and leaves in a medium sized bowl.  

Step 4. Add the chopped nuts, dates, feta cheese, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Season generously with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. 

Step 5. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • Queso fresco is a great substitute for feta, as is parmesan
  • Pecans or walnuts are my preference here, almonds are good too.
  • If you’re nut-free, try using toasted sunflower seeds
  • With the meaty dates, cheese, and nuts I find this a satisfying light lunch on its own, though you could throw in some leftover rotisserie chicken as well.

This Celery Chopped Salad with Dates, Feta and Nuts is special because:

It’s fast, easy and incredibly filling

It’s gluten-free and vegetarian

You can make the salad ahead of time – just leave the nuts off until you’re ready to serve to preserve their crunch!

It’s a great way to use up celery, or improvise when you don’t have traditional salad greens on hand.

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Celery Chopped Salad with Dates, Feta and Nuts (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

A Hungry Lady Salad that will have you rethinking Celery.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch, Salad
Servings 6
Calories 247 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 Stalks of Celery
  • ½ cup Walnuts or Pecans coarsely chopped
  • 6 Medjool Dates pitted and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup Feta Cheese crumbled
  • 1 Shallot sliced thin
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Separate the leaves from the stalks of the celery. Slice the stalks thinly on a bias and roughly chop the leaves.
  • If your celery is a little wilted, place it in a bowl of ice water to heighten the crispiness, then drain on a tea towel before continuing.
  • To toast the nuts, warm them in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant and toasted, about 2-4 minutes. 
  • Note: If you are making this salad ahead, store the nuts separately and mix in just before serving to maintain their crunch.
  • Place sliced celery stalks and leaves in a medium sized bowl.
  • Add the chopped nuts, dates, feta cheese, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Season generously with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Celery, chopped salad, Hungry Lady Salads, lunch salads
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49 thoughts on “Celery Chopped Salad with Dates, Feta and Nuts (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)”

  • 5 stars
    Making it!!!!I love celery and dates and nuts. And best thing, I already have all those ingredients in my fridge. Kathleen, you need your own cooking show! Hungry Lady Salads.

    • There’s no better feeling than whipping up something delicious from what’s already in your pantry – I’m so glad you loved it Amy!
      I can’t wait for you to get your hands on my cookbook when it comes out 🙂
      Enjoy,
      Kat.

  • 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this. I already have everything but the dates on hand and those are currently on sale at the Aldi a few blocks away. I could use up leftover baby spinach in it too I think.

  • 5 stars
    This was so easy and delicious. My husband thought I was crazy when I said that I was going to make a celery salad, but he loved it and so did I. It was even better the next day. This will become a salad I will make regularly. I have yet to try one of your recipes that I didn’t find delicious. I love that most are made with minimal ingredients that are easy to find and put together.

    • This feedback made my day, Laura!
      I’m so excited for this to become a part of your regular rotation.
      Enjoy!
      Kat.

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely delish. Even better than expected. Just all works! I did add pomegranate seeds which were a pretty addition.

    • It’s such an unexpected surprise of a salad, I’m glad you liked it Katie!
      The pomegranate seeds sound like a perfect addition too.
      Enjoy,
      Kat.

  • 5 stars
    Awesome salad! Made me rethink and enjoy eating celery! I chopped up and added a few strips of crispy bacon. Thank you!

  • 5 stars
    So good!!! I’m going to make a double recipe next time because it took great restraint for me not to devour it all in one sitting!

  • 5 stars
    I have tried and enjoyed MANY of your salad recipes, but this one is extra special. The right balance of sweet, crunchy and satisfying, with the zing of lemon juice and crushed red pepper. flakes. It really is he perfect balance . This one will be enjoyed often..

    • I’m so thrilled you loved it, Julia!
      If you love this, you’ll love some of my new salads I’ll be sharing soon… 🙂
      Enjoy,
      Kat.

  • 5 stars
    I had to cut this recipe in half because I only a few stalks of celery It was so good that I immediately added celery to my grocery list for next week so I can make it again.

  • If I don’t have white wine vinegar, is ACV an appropriate substitute? Or should I just run the errand to get the WWV?

  • This salad is so good! Bright, crunchy, sweet and savory! I added chickpeas to make it a little more filling and still vegetarian. They worked perfectly!

    • Chickpeas sound like a delicious addition!
      I’m over the moon that you loved this one, Christin.
      Enjoy,
      Kat

  • Hi! This looks awesome! Yet, I’m not a date fan. Would dried cherries or other dried fruit be a good substitute? If so what dried fruit would you suggest?

    • You could absolutely substitute another dried fruit – I think dried cherries would be a great option, Chrystin!
      Let me know how you find it.
      Enjoy,
      Kat

  • 5 stars
    A colleague made this for lunch. I was dreading it soooo bad because I don’t like raw celery. It was AMAZING!!! We all three loved it!

    • I’m so glad you all loved it, Michele!
      I know celery isn’t everyone’s first choice but this salad is a real keeper.
      Enjoy,
      Kat.

  • 5 stars
    I don’t particularly like celery but something about this recipe made me want to try it anyway – absolutely delicious!! Especially on the second day when the celery flavor mellows and it’s even better. Thank you Kathleen for your beautiful recipes, presentation and inspiration to try new things 🙂

    • This absolutely made my day Becca, it’s a treat to hear that I lived up to my promise to make you rethink celery 😉
      Enjoy,
      Kat.

  • 5 stars
    This salad is immensely good. My partner and I have never been the biggest fans of celery but it adds the perfect crunch and we both loved it. The flavours and textures of each ingredient go so well – this is a total show stopper in my opinion! I can’t say I’ve ever craved salads for dinner until I found your recipes Kat, and I’m so grateful. Everyone should try this!

  • 5 stars
    This is my third hungry girl salad I have put together. This one is so crunchy and fresh, and tons of flavor. These salads are everything… I have done the kale and sweet potato as well as the kale salad with tahini dressing. I could eat them all day! This one came together the easiest for sure.

    Love these recipes so so much.

    • I’m so glad you loved it, Sarah! A great one to add to the rotation and a true classic in my HLS series 😉
      Enjoy,
      Kat.

  • I searched through your notes and didn’t see your usual “how long can I store this in the fridge”. I’ve meal prepped this for my lunches for the week. Should I pour oil and vinegar as I go or would it all keep for 5 days?? (minus the nuts)?

    • I would keep the nuts seperate to preserve their crunch but the celery will hold up to the dressing being added in from day 1! It should keep well for up to 5 days but mine never quite makes it that long…
      Let me know how you find it, Kerri!
      Kat.

      • Definitely left out the nuts to add each day. So delicious. I didn’t want to bother with the cutting of dates so substituted sultana raisins and used lemon infused olive oil. Delicious!!! The crunch is so satisfying and kicks celery up 10 notches.

  • 5 stars
    Love love love these salads. This is the third hungry girl salad I have done and I love them all. This one came together super easy and has so much fresh flavor and crunch. Huge fan of these recipes, so much love from me to you.

  • 5 stars
    I made this the other night . It was great. I’m still thinking about it. I used dried dates cuz that’s what I had. It made the salad extra chewy but that pop of sweetness was the bomb. Thank you so much and keep those salads coming

  • 5 stars
    I made this salad, delicious!
    Your salads are amazing, I make a lot of them for family and work dinners. Keep up the great work!
    I hope you have a cook book coming out soon

  • 5 stars
    This is INSANELY GOOD! It has quickly become a weekly staple in our household and everyone I recommend the recipe to is just as obsessed. Crunchy, vinegary, fresh tasting and SO Flavorful… I even dice everything up much finer as a side on my cheese board. I do play around a bit with the amount of shallot and vinegar to make the flavor extra strong 🙂

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