Oh, humble celery: always a supporting player, rarely the star. Celery is extremely high in potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. Here I’ve enhanced that age-old favorite combination of celery and peanut butter with classic Thai flavors. Adding some cooked chicken breast to this salad can supply additional lean protein.

DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, QUICK

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES

1 bunch celery hearts with leaves, sliced at an angle (about 3 cups)

2 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced

½ cup grated carrots

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

2 teaspoons fish sauce (available in the Asian section of your grocery store)

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ cup dry-roasted peanuts

1.In a serving bowl, toss together the celery, scallions, carrots, and cilantro.

2.In a small bowl, stir the peanut butter, rice vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes until combined.

3.Toss the dressing with the chopped vegetables and chill until ready to serve.

4.Garnish with the peanuts before serving.

INGREDIENT TIP: It is important to note that celery is on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the Dirty Dozen™, which means it is one of the most chemically sprayed vegetables around. Try to purchase organic celery whenever possible to get the most health benefits.

HERB PROFILE

CELERY

Fresh stalks, seed

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: None known

TASTE/ACTIVITY: SALTY/COOL/MOIST

PROPERTIES: Antioxidant, diuretic

USES: Alleviates excess fluid retention; may help aid weight loss; helps to lower cholesterol; reduces blood pressure and inflammation; heals irritation, leaky gut, and ulcers

SUGGESTED PREPARATIONS: Celery seed tea (use 1 teaspoon dried seeds per 8 ounces boiling water), juice, raw, salads, soups, stews

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR: ALLEVIATING WATER RETENTION

Diuretics stimulate the elimination of excess fluid in the body, particularly in the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Food and herbal diuretics help the body to expel water without depleting minerals, particularly potassium, which is a common side effect of prescription diuretics.

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