Raw Celeriac Salad

James Beard

Author and Educator

This simple salad is made from celeriac, also called celery root, which is a member of the celery family but is not the root of the common celery stalk. The strong, almost smoky taste is similar to a combination of celery and parsley and it pairs perfectly with the creamy mayonnaise-based dressing used in this recipe.


  • 2 medium-sized celery roots
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Wash the roots, trim off the tops, and peel the celery roots. Put them in cold salted water until you are ready to use. Then grate them or cut into thin julienne strips and mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Heap the salad on a bed of greens and garnish with hard-cooked egg, raw onion rings, and red or green pepper rings. It would also be delicious served without the greens and peppers as a side dish for grilled meats or chicken.


4 servings