Vibrant Celery Salad with Dates & Pistachios

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Holding a bowl of celery salad with dates, mandarins, and pistachios

We often find ourselves with leftover celery after making soups (anyone else?) and now we’ve found the tastiest way to use it up! This celery salad (with dates, mandarins, and pistachios, oh my!) is SO fresh, bright, and crunchy that you’ll wish you had leftover celery every week! 

It’s the perfect simple side or appetizer to pair with richer entrées. It comes together in just 15 minutes and requires just 1 bowl and 8 ingredients! Let us show you how it’s done!

Mandarins, olive oil, celery, dates, lemon, parsley, pistachios, salt, and pepper

How to Make Celery Salad

Celery is wonderful — hydrating, crunchy, fresh, plus rich in vitamin K, folate, potassium, and more. We love it in green juice, soups, salads, and more.

But let’s face reality: Most recipes only use a little bit of celery and it’s challenging to use up the rest of the bunch before it goes bad. This recipe is different — celery takes center stage!

If we didn’t get this recipe to you in time to rescue your sad, limping celery in the back of the fridge, soak it in water overnight and watch it crisp back up. With crisp celery on hand, we’re ready to make salad!

Slicing mandarins next to a bowl of celery and parsley

For this salad, we pair celery with sweet dates, herby parsley, tart-sweet mandarins, crunchy pistachios, and a tangy lemon olive oil dressing. Since celery is somehow mild yet pungent, it’s ideal for pairing with other strong but complementary flavors. Mix it all up in one bowl and serve!

Using two spoons to mix celery salad with lemon olive oil dressing

We hope you LOVE this celery salad! It’s:

Fresh
Bright
Sweet
Crunchy
Simple
& SO delicious!

It pairs beautifully with couscous and coconut yogurt, or alongside our Easy Vegan Moussaka or Kale Falafel Hummus Wraps (30 Minutes!).

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Close up shot of celery salad

Vibrant Celery Salad with Dates & Pistachios

Fresh & crunchy celery salad with dates, mandarins, and pistachios! The perfect way to use up leftover celery. Just 15 minutes, 1 bowl, and 8 ingredients required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Holding a bowl of fresh celery salad
4.95 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 (Servings)
Course Salad, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 1-2 Days

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3-4 pitted medjool dates, finely chopped (4 dates yield ~1/2 cup or 85g measured after pitting)
  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced celery stalks (4 large stalks yield ~1 ½ cups or 180 g)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped celery leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mandarin orange slices*, peeled and pith removed, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 small mandarins yield ~1 cup chopped)
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • To a large mixing bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and parsley, and whisk to combine.
  • Add the chopped dates, breaking them apart with your fingers. You can also use a whisk or fork as needed to break them up completely.
  • Add the celery, celery leaves, mandarin oranges, and pistachios (optional) and mix with two spoons until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Taste and adjust as needed, adding more dates for sweetness, lemon juice for brightness, or salt to taste.
  • This salad pairs beautifully with couscous and coconut yogurt, or alongside our Easy Vegan Moussaka or Kale Falafel Hummus Wraps (30 Minutes!).
  • Best when fresh. Leftovers will keep stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Not freezer friendly.

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Notes

*Tangerines, satsumas, or clementines will all work.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 3 dates and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 148 Carbohydrates: 22.9 g Protein: 1.2 g Fat: 7.1 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 333 mg Potassium: 361 mg Fiber: 3.1 g Sugar: 18.6 g Vitamin A: 779 IU Vitamin C: 21 mg Calcium: 55 mg Iron: 0.5 mg

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  1. linsey says

    super easy to make and comes together really quick. For how simple this salad is, it packs a ton of flavor!

    I preferred it fresh compared to the next day but it was still delicious the next day too. I just found the flavors became pretty strong and I preferred the fresher and more mild flavors when it was made fresh. I still devoured the rest that was left.

    I left out the mandarins because mine had gone dry and it was still so good. The pistachios and the dates add a flavor and texture combo that almost reminded me of something like a super mild feta?? dont know how but it worked!

    I’ll be keeping this in mind for summer bbqs and am sure it will be making a regular appearance!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Linsey. We’re so glad you enjoyed!

  2. Suee33 says

    Made this lovely and tasty salad today – it is delicious!! Will make this again – when the celery is fresh and tasty!! Easy and fast to make and very healthy, buy pistachios at Trader Joe’s for this salad. Enjoy and thanks

  3. Allie says

    Crunchy celery, bites of sweet fruit, salty pistachios, bright dressing—all my favorites! The only downside was that it was so delicious I ate it all by myself within 24 hours.

  4. Patricia Hall says

    I made this and it was surprisingly delicious. Celery is not my go to vegetable and it often goes bad in my fridge. Never again because these are ingredients that I usually have so I know I will make this again and again. Thank you for this recipe!

  5. Mary says

    This salad is very refreshing, and a nice side dish to have in the fridge. It is also super easy to make; I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a new easy go-to salad!

  6. Laura says

    I loved this!! I was so excited when you posted this bc I’ve thrown away sooo many sad old partially used celery bunches because I didn’t have a use for the remainder. I ended up adding a can of chickpeas to make it a meal and it was just a really fresh, crunchy, tasty salad. I will definitely make it again and probably double the recipe. Would probably also be good over some greens or pearl couscous mixed in. Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      It seems to be a common problem with celery! We’re so glad the recipe was helpful and you enjoyed it! And love your creativity for making it a meal =) xoxo

  7. Ivana says

    The combination of flavors is perfect! Next time I definitely have to include pistachios. Thank you for this flavor enjoyment!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the flavor combination, Ivana! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  8. Laura says

    Took a lot of liberties with this one because I didn’t have most ingredients, was hungry and wanted the salad NOW. Recipe: 3 celery stalks (left over from MB chicken noodle soup), dates, cashews, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper. A lovely little afternoon pick-me-up.

  9. Jen says

    I’ve made this twice – once for family dinner & once because I wanted some all to myself – and it is AMAZING! Thanks for a great recipe!

  10. Maneesha says

    Great recipe! I used raisins instead of dates and added some pepitas and sunflower seeds, and I also omitted the clementines/mandarine oranges because I did not have any at home. Turned out really well! Thank you!

  11. Jennie says

    Love the unusual, mediterranean inspired flavors here. I had a homemade dressing I had to use up so that was my main modification.

    I also added a lot of fresh parsley to add volume and some feta at the end.

    I can definitely see this being a pretty, creative alternative to a Greek salad in mediterranean dinner parties!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Jennie! Love your modifications too. Thank you for sharing! xo

  12. Kate says

    Wow. I saw this recipe and fell in love. I finally had time to make it today. All I have to say is that the serving size on this should say one. ;-) So delicious, I had to eat it all. Now I’ll have to make another batch so I have some to take to work tomorrow. I made it exactly as written, and it was incredibly perfect.

  13. Julia says

    So tasty! I did half the amount of celery and substituted just regular lettuce to make it more of a main salad. It was so good, would definitely make again.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love that idea! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Julia!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yum! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Gabby!

  14. Alex says

    Hallo friends,
    I made this salad yesterday evening and gotta tell you, it worked both as adinner and a dessert. Talking about killing two birds with one stone, ha! Honestly, I also thought it might taste unusual, but I am glad I gave it a try. I could not get enough of it! Now, I will be making it a few more times to find out when/if I shall get bored by it. Only, I needed very little oil, as mine was extra virgin and quite flavoursome, so someone might find this helpful. Thanks again!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you gave the recipe a try and enjoyed the result! Thank you for sharing, Alex! xo

  15. MPK says

    Amazing! It was so delicious that I doubled the batch last night and already am making another double batch this afternoon… and just two people in my household! My only recommendation is to double, triple, quadruple as you see fit =)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  16. Veronica says

    I didn’t have celery, so I used a cucumber instead. Added some honey crisp apple too. So easy and delicious!

  17. GLORIA YOUNG says

    This was so excellent. I couldn’t stop eating it. Easy to make and so quick. I know that celery has nutricianal value, but it usely dies in the back of my refridgerator before I can think of anything.
    I only had oranges and that worked.

    Thanks: Made my day!

  18. Holly Ketterer says

    I’m very excited to try this tomorrow. I don’t have pistachios on hand. Of walnuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds, which do you think would work best?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Susan, you can find the dressing at the top of the recipe – olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and parsley. Hope you love it!

    • Jitka says

      Love celery and looking forward to trying this. I wonder what about good oil free alternative might be for dressing?

    • Michele says

      This salad was so delicious! I was skeptical at first looking at the ingredients. But wow…they work so well together! I refrigerated it for an hour before serving. I will definitely make this again.

    • sasha says

      a nice fresh side dish for the warmer months! i replaced the parsley for cilantro and opted for slivered almonds over pistachios. loved the combination of flavors!