Celery Root Salad with Pear and Hazelnuts
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted our celery root salad recipe to maintain the vegetable's pristine white appearance; its crunchy, coleslaw-like texture; and (most important) its refreshing herbal flavor, which combines the tastes of of mint, anise, mild radish, and celery. For easy peeling, we removed the top and bottom from the celery root and then used a paring knife to remove the outer layer of flesh from top to bottom. For thin pieces of celery root that would still retain their crunch, we used the coarse side of a box grater or a food processor. We dressed the celery root with a vinaigrette finished with sour cream, which contributed a fuller, rounder, and creamier flavor to our celery root salad recipe.