Matchstick Apple and Celery Salad

5 from 4 votes

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Need a refreshing, quick and easy salad, then this Matchstick Apple and Celery Salad is the one for you!

Apple and Celery Salad

I also love the simplicity of it. Made it in a hot second, too. Easy is good, very good.

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I always keep in my refrigerator a batch of some easy pickled red onions. I just slice one red onion very thin, cover the onion slices with rice wine vinegar and allow to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes and keep them, if they last that long, for at least a week refrigerated. I use them in everything.

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I had some cold, Pink Lady apples ready to go and broke out my trusty mandolin. I wanted something matchstick in shape and went to work.

I sliced the celery on the bias fairly thin too.

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Adding some honey to a bit of the red onion rice wine vinegar juice, some olive oil, a little kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper made for the vinaigrette.

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I diced some pecans and broke out some fresh herbs. My choices were mint, cilantro and basil. Chop, chop and in they went. I allowed this to marinate while the Chorizo Meatballs baked, which was 18 minutes and served it up. Enjoy!

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Matchstick Apple and Celery Salad

5 from 4 votes
This Apple and Celery Salad comes together quickly with fresh, cold apples, celery, pecans, mint, cilantro and basil tossed in a light vinaigrette.
Servings: 2
Prep: 8 minutes
Total: 8 minutes



  • Thinly slice a red onion and cover with rice wine vinegar. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Using a food mandoline, cut the apple into matchstick pieces. Slice the celery thin, on the bias and mix with the apple matchsticks in a bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, 4 tablespoons of the rice wine vinegar from the marinating red onions, honey, a pinch of kosher salt and some fresh cracked black pepper.
  • Roughly chop some of the the marinated red onion and add to the apple, celery bowl. Rough chop the pecans, a few leaves of mint and basil as well as a few sprigs of cilantro. Add to the apple/celery mix and pour vinaigrette over. Toss to coat completely and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 9.5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Western
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This Apple and Celery Salad comes together quickly with fresh, cold apples, celery, pecans, mint, cilantro and basil tossed in a light vinaigrette. So amazingly tasty!


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  1. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for a Thanksgiving shindig and it went over really well! It was such a nice, crisp flavor that contrasted well with all of those thick, rich flavors of the holiday. I added a bit more honey, some black sea same seeds and just a dash of seasame oil. I will definitely be making this again! So fresh!

  2. 5 stars
    Hey Kevin! This is my kind of salad! I always have celery on hand, I use it in so many dishes. I also can pickled onions so I have a supply of them in the basement! I have some Granny Smith apples leftover from a pie I made a few days ago and now I know what to do with them!

  3. 5 stars
    I am seriously loving this flavor combination, Kevin! Plus, we all know that matchstick everything tastes better! I’m thinking this is the perfect spring lunch. Can you send me some? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Ya know David, I have no idea how or why this posted, it’s from back in September of last year? Anyways the real recipe for today is up on the blog now – Macadamia Apple Butter Spread. Sorry for any confusion, but that salad is one of my favorites. Bright, great flavors and definitely perfect for Spring!