A Nutritious Alternative to Potato Salad
What is a celeriac or celery root exactly?
Although celeriac has been grown and enjoyed in Europe, it has only recently become popular in the states.
It's a root vegetable— used similarly to a potato. If I had to describe the taste, I would say it taste like a celery-flavored potato.
The leaves and stalk of celeriac look like a shorter version of celery, and the taste is well… like celery.
Did I mention it taste like celery?
With only 5.9 grams of carbs per 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of this yummy root, celeriac is a healthier, lower-carb option than potatoes.
The best part, though, is that it's packed full of vitamins and nutrients, making it an excellent addition to a clean and functional eating lifestyle.
Check out the nutritional components of celery root (celeriac).
We are cooking our celeriac for this recipe, which reduces the nutrients a little bit.
Steaming is the best way to retain the vitamins of a cooked vegetable. However, the celeriac can also be eaten raw in a salad or slaw and has a slightly sweet flavor when prepared that way.
I mentioned the vitamins and nutrients found in celeriac, but what exactly does that mean—what do these nutrients do?
Here are some of the many benefits of eating this beautiful root vegetable:
Antioxidants—anti-inflammatory, rids the body of free radicles that cause diseases.
High In C Vitamins—boost the immune system, an essential vitamin (the body does not make vitamin C) used to create blood vessels, muscles, bones, and collagen.
Fiber—great for digestion and a healthy metabolism and blood sugar control
High in K Vitamins—specifically crucial to the body for healthy bones and calcium absorption
Celeriac Is A Great Potato Replacer For Just About Any Recipe!
I've used celeriac in many ways. It has slowly become a staple in our refrigerator, especially as we move into the winter "root" eating months.
I'm considering adding this one to my garden next year. It's great in soups and hashes, but my favorite way to eat it right now is in this version of "mock" potato salad.
I avoided using mayo in this recipe, but you could add some if you want. Just reduce the oil by half, add a tbsp of mayo, or add 1 tbsp of Greek yogurt.
I used curry not only because I like it but because it contains the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric... but that is not all!
I added a couple of other ingredients to this recipe for their nutritional and medicinal functionality. Check out the functional aspect of these babies:
Prepared mustard—blood pressure, anti-inflammatory, stimulates enzyme production, healthy liver function, good for the heart, helps to relieve pain, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.
Apple cider vinegar—anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion, controls blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, antioxidant, kills germs,
Curry—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, immune system, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, brain health, gut health, metabolism, cholesterol, liver health, pain reliever, full of minerals
Olive or Flax oil—both contain essential fatty acids. Olives are high in omega 9's, while Flax is high in omega 3's and 6's. EFA's are necessary for vitamin absorption, formulation of cell membranes, proper hormone development, and breakdown of cholesterol.
So here it is… my Curried Celeriac "Potato" Salad. Please feel free to share on your social media platforms... enjoy!