23 Creative Ways to Use Celery in Paleo Recipes

By Jess

I love celery, and I’m always looking for ways to enjoy it besides ants-on-a-log (yes, I’m an adult, why are you asking?). These recipes for soups, salads, juices, and more are the perfect way to get that delicious, crunchy veggie into your belly.

If you’re not a big fan of celery - like me - then you’ll appreciate these celery recipes that incorporate other ingredients to make it taste as good as it can.

1. Winter Kale Vegetable Soup
There’s nothing like a piping-hot bowl or even a mug of delicious, nourishing soup on a chilly winter day. This kale soup is exactly what your body needs, and it’s filled with yummy onion, carrots, celery, kale, butter or coconut oil, garlic, stock, thyme, bay leaves, and rosemary.

Kiwi Salad Juice
Photo: Whitty Paleo

2. Kiwi Salad Juice
This juice may have an entire salad in it with cucumber, carrot, lemon, romaine lettuce, and celery, but it has a deliciously sweet flavor from the kiwis and pears, and the mint leaves and ginger provide a zing of flavor that’s good for your body and soul.

3. Loaded Cream of Celery Soup
Want to take this blogger’s standard cream of celery soup and bring it to the next level? Do it. You’ll need diced ham, olive oil, coconut oil or butter, and grain-free croutons. The recipe calls for goat’s milk cheddar cheese, but you can leave it out and it will still be amazing.

4. Curry Green Salad
Adding warming spices like curry to your salad creates an awesome mix of warming-and-cooling flavors that’s both refreshing and satiating. To make this salad paleo-friendly, use raw cashews as your nuts and replace the rice with cauliflower rice (or omit). There’s plenty of celery and other veggies, anyway!

5. Buffalo Cauliflower Sloppy Joes
Everyone loves sloppy joes, and every cook loves that they’re easy to throw together and slap on the table. This veggies-only version uses celery, onion, cauliflower, hot sauce, and tomato paste. You’ll want a grain-free bun and whatever paleo-friendly fixings you like.

Cucumber and Celery Green Juice
Photo: Pralines and Greens

6. Cucumber and Celery Green Juice
I love the flavor of celery and I often crave it, so recipes like this one are great for me. You have the refreshing flavors of cucumber and celery along with kale, apple, and lemon, so the sweet, tart, and savory elements of the drink all balance each other out nicely.

7. Homemade Chicken Salad
There are plenty of fancy paleo chicken salad recipes around, but it doesn’t have to be your only choice. You can make a traditional, classic chicken salad with this recipe, using chicken breasts, red onion, celery, pecans, chicken broth, and paleo-friendly mayonnaise. Finish it off with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

8. Leek Frittata
Frittatas are a favorite weeknight dinner in my house, because they hardly take any time to prepare, they don’t use a lot of dishes, they’re super easy, you can flavor them in so many different ways, and they are extra nutritious. You can use whatever non-dairy milk you like in this veggie-heavy recipe.

9. Chicken Waldorf Salad
A popular item at picnics and outdoor gatherings, Waldorf salad is beloved by many, but not always paleo-friendly. This paleo-friendly version is made with homemade mayo, shallots, chicken, olive oil, apples, grapes, celery, lemon juice, walnuts, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

Roasted Herb Crackers
Photo: Healthful Pursuit

10. Roasted Herb Crackers
These egg-free roasted herb crackers are made with ground flaxseed, celery, avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, and rock salt. You can use them as a dip for paleo dips and spreads or sandwich them with meats, veggies, fruits, or other fillings. Kids love crackers, so take advantage of this healthy recipe!

11. Bloody Mary Infused Vodka
If you like Bloody Mary drinks, but you don’t always like to feel like you’re drinking a salad, try this infused vodka recipe that tastes amazing. You’ll need grape tomatoes, celery, jalapeno, garlic, black peppercorns, and middle-shelf vodka. You can serve it with typical Bloody Mary fixings like celery, lemon, and tomatoes.

12. Bison, Herb, and Root Vegetable Soup
Maybe you’re looking for a soup that’s a bit heartier than the kale-and-veggie versions. This meaty soup is made with bison meat and seasonings along with carrots, celery, sweet potato, parsnips, parsley, bay leaves, and dozens of other delicious flavors and aromatics.

13. Creole Style Gumbo
Featuring chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp, celery, onion, tomatoes, okra, and more, this gumbo recipe will take you straight down to the bayou. It’s not short on flavor with tons of garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and smoky meats. If you’re like to add more heat, throw in some cayenne pepper to taste.

Wild Rabbit Stew
Photo: The Primitive Palate

14. Wild Rabbit Stew
I really enjoy celery in gamey soups like this one because it just seems like the garden-fresh flavor of celery is perfect with the flavors of the meat. The mustard flavors in this stew are especially good! You can leave out the soy flour—thicken with a small amount of tapioca if you find it necessary.

15. Spiced Celery Cauliflower Rice
This unique “rice” is a fun blend of both cauliflower and celery for a change from the typical cauliflower rice with its distinctive flavor. You’ll add cinnamon, clove, fennel seeds, ginger, turmeric, mint, jalapeno, and green onion to create and intensely flavored side dish that will steal the show.

16. Easy Chicken Salad
Here’s another simple chicken salad recipe, and this one uses whole chicken so the flavors of the dark meat really amp up the whole dish. You’ll need raw carrots and celery, red bell pepper, red onion, green onion, lime juice, cilantro, and your favorite paleo-friendly mayonnaise (or homemade).

17. Chimichurri Chicken Salad
Chicken salad seems like a popular way to enjoy celery, so it’s a good thing there are so many different styles of chicken salad! This one uses fresh chimishurri made from olive oil, lime juice or red wine vinegar, packed cilantro leaves, parsley, and minced garlic. So yummy and flavorful!

Paleo Salmon Cakes
Photo: Eat More Food Project

18. Paleo Salmon Cakes
Made with onion, celery, green pepper, and wild Alaska pink salmon, these salmon cakes are savory and warming with a deliciously crispy outer edge. Flavor them with dill, parsley, paprika, celery salt and ground ginger. I would definitely choose butter or ghee for frying them.

19. Caulifllower Tabbouleh With Green Olives
Tabbouleh is not usually paleo-friendly, but when you make it with cauliflower, it can be! This salad is perpetually crunchy so it’s perfecting for making ahead and taking to lunch. You’ll use celery, spring onions, green olives, fresh mint leaves, walnuts, and more.

20. Paleo Ham and Sweet Potato Soup
Full of hearty ham and sweet potatoes, sweet carrots, and refreshing celery, this deliciously seasoned soup is chunky and perfect for making ahead and enjoying all week. You’ll season it with maple syrup, mustard, parsley flakes, ground pepper, onion and garlic powders, and thyme.

21. Apple Celery Chicken Salad
Made super-simple and with light and refreshing flavors (no super-heavy mayonnaise), this chicken salad is going to be your new favorite take-to-work lunch. You’ll need olive oil, chicken breasts, lemon juice, apple, celery, raisins, and green grape dressing.

Coconut Shrimp Lettuce Cups
Photo: The Healthy Foodie

22. Coconut Shrimp Lettuce Cups
These lettuce cups have it all. You’ve got yummy shrimp, avocado, fresh mango, strawberries, coconut cream, coconut meat, green onion, birds eye chili, chai spice, celery, and so much more going into these wraps. They’re full of flavors and protein and are so addictive.

23. Green Juice With Celery, Apple, Ginger, and Parsley
Here’s one final green juice recipe with a classic blend of broccoli leaves (now you know what to do with those!), celery, ginger, green apple, and parsley. The apple and ginger flavors are spicy-sweet while the celery keeps things nice and refreshing. So good!


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