A nice and crisp fall salad, quick to make and completely satisfying. You don’t need much as an accompaniment, just a piece of crusty rye bread smeared with some salty butter. It makes a good light dinner on a rainy evening (like every evening this week!) or a nice work lunch the next day.
I don’t know if you are familiar with celeriac, I don’t often see recipes using it in the food blog world. Normally I read recipes where people only use the celery stalks. That is sad because I actually think the root has a better flavor and you can do so much more with it than you can do with the stalks.
In Romanian and also German cooking celery roots are actually used much more than the stalks. There are plenty of recipes where these roots play a central part and I do use them a lot in autumn. Celeriac is tasty, healthy and quite cheap right now. I’ve eaten it raw in salads just like this one, made creamy soups with it, used it alongside other veggies in vegetable soups, stews or casseroles, roasted it with carrots and maple syrup, mashed it etc.
The celery roots that I normally find here are really big, so I don’t often manage to use one whole head in a go. And because I hate letting food spoil or throwing it away I always cut the leftovers either in fine cubes to use for soups and casseroles or in big chunks that I use when making vegetable, chicken or meat broth. Than I pack everything in freezer bags, place them in the freezer and use them when necessary.
For the cheese I used Bergkäse, that is a cheese produced in the Alps. It has quite a strong but exquisite flavor, especially when you buy it directly at the market, cut off huge cheese wheels. You keep it in the fridge, wrapped in some special cheese foil and every time you open the fridge afterward you spend a few seconds wondering why the kitchen suddenly smells like feet. 🙂 Then you remember the cheese, smile and open the fridge again to cut yourself a small slice of it.
If you cannot find this „mountain“ cheese, feel free to use another strong flavored cheese. I googled a bit and found out that Bergkäse include the better known Fontina or Gruyere cheese.
- 50 g/1.7 oz grated cheese (Bergkäse, Fontina, Gruyere)
- 125 g/4.4 oz celeriac
- 50 g/ 1.7 oz Iceberg lettuce
- 30 g/1 oz walnuts
- 1 small, ripe but still firm pear
- 1 tablespoon walnut oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- pinch of sugar
- Grate the cheese and the celeriac, not too finely. Chop the lettuce in small pieces. Chop the walnuts and the pear roughly. Place everything in a bowl and mix with the oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and sugar. Adjust taste. Keep in the fridge until serving.