Dressed Celery Recipe

Dressed Celery in DishSome vegetables are often featured in salads and side dishes – others, such as celery, not so much. A hundred years ago celery was more popular than it is today, and I see old recipes for celery dishes from time to time.

I recently came across a 1921 recipe for an easy-to-make salad called Dressed Celery, and decided to give it a try. Thinly sliced celery is served with a lovely egg-based cream dressing. The Dressed Celery made a nice side salad.

Here’s the original recipe:

Recipe for Dressed Celery
Source: The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, Revised Edition (1921)

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Dressed Celery

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups thinly sliced celery

Cream Dressing (see below)

Mix celery with desired amount of Cream Dressing. (Any extra dressing can be reserved and used with another salad.)

Cream Dressing

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard

3/4 tablespoon sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 1/2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup cream

1/4 cup vinegar

Mix the ingredients in the order given. Slowly stir in the cream and vinegar while stirring to make a smooth liquid. Put in a sauce pan, and heat using medium heat while stirring constantly. Cook until the mixture thickens, then strain, and cool before using.


22 thoughts on “Dressed Celery Recipe

  1. I do not think much about using celery in a recipe. It used to be popular in our household when our children were young. You always help memories surface, and great suggestions for recipes. Thank you, Sheryl.🙂

  2. I remember Julie making braised celery in “Julie and Julia,’ and thinking that I couldn’t imagine it. But why not? Potato salad is dressed and it’s (at least in my opinion) useless without celery.

    1. I saw that film years ago and enjoyed it, but don’t remember the part about braised celery. I’ll have to look for it, and watch it again.

  3. I love celery.. using it in soup, salads but never heard of it being served with a creamed dressing. Folks years ago were very creative in their dishes.

  4. What a lovely idea for using celery! I have found that it really is the “secret” ingredient in many recipes, especially soups. If you omit it, the soup will taste a little less flavorful. Thanks for a great idea!

    1. I’ve also noticed that I miss celery when it is not included in soups and other dishes that typically call for this ingredient. It’s nice to hear that you liked this post.

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