French Fridays: Celery root salad from My Paris Kitchen

David Lebovitz celery root salad on

This week’s  Cook the Book Fridays recipe from David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen is a French bistro classic and also something you’ll always find in my fridge when I am in France. It’s a simple salad of grated celery root (celeriac) in a dressing that’s just mayonnaise, crème fraîche (I actually used plain Greek yohgurt here and it worked well), two types of mustard and a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s so simple but so good. I teach a version of this salad in many of my French cooking classes and people are always amazed at how the simple dressing really elevates the celery root (which has got to be one of the ugliest vegetables out there!). Many people have never tried cooking with it (it *is* a little scary-looking!) and are thrilled to find out how versatile it is. And yes, there’s a version coming in my book 😉

(note that the recipe calls for parsley – I had chives I needed to rescue before it starts freezing so that’s what we used!)

Get the recipe for David Lebovitz’s celery root salad on p 105 of My Paris Kitchen.


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10 thoughts on “French Fridays: Celery root salad from My Paris Kitchen”

  1. Mardi got me into this with all our time in France…and I have to say, I’m addicted now.

    And yes, with December 15th just around the corner, I am reminded that I’ve heard celeriac called the “Cantina Vegetable”. (Winking reference for some….)

  2. I googled “cantina vegetable”, Marti, and came up short. Will you ask Mr. Nell to explain himself for the sake of this dim-witted American who does not understand the reference? I’m into my celery root recipes catching up mode this month so only have made the soup. Your salad, which I also have made before, photographed so beautifully. Translucent. It looks delicious.

    • December 15 = launch of the latest Star Wars film.

      Cantina = reference to the famous cantina in the original Star Wars: Episode IV film released in 1977.

      Celeriac looks like an alien face (with no insult intended to any aliens reading this post), reminiscent of the characters to be found in the cantina.


  3. I know it’s simple to make, but I’m curious whether in France, you make your own or pick up at the store. I really enjoyed this salad and will definitely make it again!

  4. For some reasons, I’m not offended by the look of celeriac. I kept on taking pictures of the two celery roots I bought and found them to be photogenic. Posted them too. The sunny look of your salad transported me to Southern France, temporarily!

  5. I did enjoy David’s version of this recipe but I think when I make it again I would grate it instead.
    No matter how hard you try, you cannot get the match sticks thin enough and are a bit hard to eat. Your salad looks perfect.


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