Celery salad is a gloriously simple salad recipe that's got all the elements we love. Crunchy celery, sweet bites of raisins, a scattering of walnuts, all wrapped up in a creamy dressing. It's delicious!

Complete the meal with our garlic ginger chicken or our juiciest baked pork tenderloin.

Celery salad in a glass mixing bowl with salad tongs.

Celery Salad

This celery salad recipe is loosely based on our popular creamy cucumber salad. We love the crunchy creamy combo, and it works just as well with celery.

Added to the mix are a handful of raisins (cranberries or chopped dates would be nice, too). As celery tends to be a bit bitter, the sweetness works well here.

A few walnuts and some minced red onion round out the salad.

If you're like us, you'll always find a head of celery in your fridge. So many recipes call for a stalk of celery, and then you're left wondering what to do with all the rest.

This celery salad is your answer. Since the flavors go well with so many main dishes, it makes pulling together a quick and healthy dinner a breeze.

READ MORE: Cozy Celery Soup

The ingredients for celery salad in a mixing bowl.

How to make celery salad

This recipe is as easy as a salad recipe can be. Here's what to do:

  1. Add the celery, raisins, walnuts, and minced red onion to a bowl.
  2. Now put some mayonnaise, yogurt, salt, and pepper into the bowl and mix everything together.

And just like that, you've made this salad!

Full recipe in the recipe card below.

Celery salad variations

  • Diced apple – make it an apple celery salad.
  • Chopped dates – instead of the raisins.
  • Festive – add cranberries.
  • Switch up the nuts – pecans and walnuts are great.
A closeup of celery salad with raisins and walnuts.

What to serve with celery salad

The flavors of this salad go well with many different mains. Here are a few to choose from:

Also try this celery salad with:

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Celery salad in a glass mixing bowl with salad tongs.

Creamy Celery Salad

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: North American

Description

Celery salad is a gloriously simple salad recipe that's got all the elements we love. Crunchy celery, sweet bites of raisins, a scattering of walnuts, all wrapped up in a creamy dressing. It's delicious! 

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Ingredients

  • 8 celery stalks, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup EACH: raisins, toasted walnuts, and minced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or 1 teaspoon white vinegar)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Mix until everything is well incorporated.

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Celery salad in a glass mixing bowl with salad tongs and the recipe title on top of the picture.