Celery, pecan, apple & rocket salad with cider & mustard vinaigrette Celery, pecan, apple & rocket salad with cider & mustard vinaigrette

This low-calorie vegetable packs a nourishing punch.

Long, lean and green, celery is a hydrating vegetable that is 95 per cent water with a mere 10 calories per large rib of celery stalk. This crunchy, fibre-filled vegetable is jam-packed with antioxidants and a variety of beneficial plant compounds, such as apigenin, a flavonoid that can help fend off inflammation, certain cancers, damaging free radicals, and harmful bacteria and viruses. It may also help with digestive health and contains vitamins A and K, as well as potassium and calcium, which can help keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.

Raw celery is a snacking favourite for dipping into hummus, salsa or a yoghurt-based sauce. It is a tasty ingredient in classic recipes, such as potato salad and waldorf salad. Fill a celery rib with peanut butter or cream cheese for munching on the go; or puree celery into soups and smoothies for a refreshing, antioxidant-rich punch.

Toss celery and other veggies with extravirgin olive oil, herbs and spices, and roast for a simple and nourishing side dish. Along with carrots and onions, celery is part of the trio of aromatic vegetables, called mirepoix, used as a flavour base for a variety of soups, stews and sauces.

What about celery juice? The upside of juicing celery is that it’s hydrating; low in sugar, with about five grams of naturally occurring sugar per cup; and loaded with nutrients, such as potassium and antioxidants. Try incorporating celery juice into a balanced, wholefoods eating plan.


Serves 2–4


10 mins



  • 140g rocket
  • 7–9 ribs of celery, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1 red apple, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup candied pecans, chopped

  • Dressing
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup, or to taste


Mix together the rocket, celery and apple in a bowl. Set aside.
Prepare the dressing: Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl.
Drizzle the salad with the dressing and top with pecans. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

Originally published in The Costco Connection, Jul/Aug 2022. Pick up the latest copy at your local warehouse or read it online.