comfort & joy | Home & Away

Last week my mom spent a day researching the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington at the library where I work, so we had a lunch date downtown!  We walked to a sit-down restaurant where I ordered a falafel with a side dish of celery salad. I enjoyed so much of that chunky crunch that I made up my own salad at home based on the combination of flavors on my lunch plate that day.  It’s a great dish to prepare on a night when you crave the catharsis that accompanies chopping vegetables, and now every time I eat it I will remember the intrigue of Mary Custis Lee and that fun lunch.

For the salad:

Chop up celery, dates, and red onions.
Whisk together apple cider vinegar and honey.
Toss it all real good.
Sprinkle crumbled feta over top.

Turn a side dish into a meal:

Add crispy bacon and/or roasted chickpeas to the pile.



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  1. August 21, 2012

    Yum! Gotta try this one. Thanks. :)

    • Amy #
      August 21, 2012

      you’re welcome – hope you like it!

  2. August 21, 2012

    Looks and sounds divine! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • Amy #
      August 21, 2012

      you’re welcome – I think it’s a tasty dish :)

  3. margaret #
    August 21, 2012

    Mary and Rob would enjoy this on the lawn at Arlington House.

    • Amy #
      August 21, 2012

      happy to hear it!

  4. August 21, 2012

    Looks great…we stuff the dates with parmesan and celery, but this looks like another good option.. thx

    • Amy #
      August 21, 2012

      No problem, and yours sounds like a great finger food – perfect for picnics. Thanks for sharing!

  5. vintagejenta #
    August 22, 2012

    Hmmmm… celery and dates, eh? I love my celery apple salad (with dijon mustard vinaigrette), but this also sounds delicious! Might have to try it since I have a nice, leafy green bunch of celery in the fridge.

    • Amy #
      August 22, 2012

      I will try your celery apple salad next – thanks for writing!

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  7. margaret #
    August 23, 2012

    It’s my new fav sweet and sour salad! Thanks!

    • Amy #
      August 23, 2012

      you’re welcome – going to add green apples to the mix, too!

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