Celery Salad with Grape Vinaigrette

I love watching movies, but I don’t always write about them on blog, unless I really find something interesting about it or it leaves an impact on me. The last time I mentioned a movie on my blog was in 2011 about Zindagi Na Milegi Doabara (“you won’t get this life again”). It was a brilliant movie that celebrates friendship.



This Sunday I saw another brilliant movie called “Queen” by Vikas Bahl. It is by far the best female centered hindi movie I have seen in recent years. My friends and I were going for this movie by ourselves but then we decided to take along our husbands. The movie is about a small town girl who decides to go on her planned honeymoon trip alone after her wedding is called off by her fiancee. That’s when her journey of exploration and self discovery begins.  As a woman I enjoyed the movie, and guess what, men also loved it, my husband said he could watch it again. Folks, it is one such entertaining movie which you don’t want to miss, so grab your tickets. It is playing  in theaters with english subtitles.

I copy a quote from NDTV review that says it all about the movie..

“Queen is spicy, balmy and uplifting. Like golgappas, it leaves a zesty aftertaste that lingers on until long after the ride has ended. It warms the heart and tickles the funny bone with equal force.”

And, after the movie don’t go out for pizza or burger. Go home and make this irresistibly delicious and healthy salad with grape/tahini vinaigrette and herbs for a burst of flavor in your mouth.



We eat lots of salads in our house and I’m always looking for new combinations that use common ingredients and are appealing. A couple weeks ago Sylvie Sullivan posted a recipe in Foodies community of Google+ for celery salad, which I wanted to make it as soon as I saw it. The salad was  totally delicious, we all liked it a lot. Second time I made it, I substituted dates with green grapes and hot  green chili for red pepper flakes purely because I wanted my salad to be on the greener side. This is a refreshingly crunchy and sweet salad with a slight kick from green chili in grape vinaigrette. Eat this alongside a main course for a side salad or even as an appetizer, as I did the other day on top of the Socca.



This socca is made with besan. I labbed the recipe last week, and posted in foodies community. You can check my attempt here on google+ page and the original recipe by Loretta over here or on her blog here.


Celery Salad with Grape vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Simple yet irresistibly delicious, this minimalist salad makes a great refreshing side or snack.


  • half bunch (about 6 stalks) celery, inner leaves included, rinsed
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp cranberries
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/3 cup flat parsley, chopped
  • Green Grape Vinaigrette
  • 9-10 sweet green grapes
  • 2 tbsp tahini (can add more)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 hot green chili


  1. With a sharp knife, thinly slice celery stalks at a slight diagonal angle (approx 4 cups).
  2. To make the vinaigrette, puree grapes and green chilli with lemon juice, in a blender. Add tahini and blend again.
  3. Combine celery, lemon zest, salt, parsley, mint in a medium bowl.
  4. Just before serving, add vinaigrette; toss to coat.
  5. Sprinkle with cranberries.

This post is part of  Allergy Free Wednesdays.

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    Ansh March 27, 2014 (5:11 am)

    I have been hearing great things about Queen. It’s on my must watch list. The grape vinaigrette sounds refreshing and delicious. Love the combination of the ingredients.

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    anne March 27, 2014 (5:33 am)

    I love movies as well , Bal ! I lean towards sci-fi / fantasy / action but never horror films 😀 Will check that Queen . I seldom eat much less make vegetable salad , need to change that now that I’m old lol Love this simple and refreshing salad , the grape vinaigrette sounds delicious on its own .

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      Balvinder March 27, 2014 (5:54 pm)

      I like movies with good storyline, with a positive or uplifting message…romantic films like ‘Notebook’ and Amour’ and comedy films,…and also thrillers….I hate horror movies. Years ago I saw Evil Dead and could not go alone in the dark for days. Old? you… no.. Don’t call yourself old, you have such a good sense of humor, love reading comments, and posts 🙂

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    ela@GrayApron March 27, 2014 (8:03 am)

    Loving this salad…on top of your Socca even more! 🙂 ela

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    Jennifer Eloff March 27, 2014 (9:32 am)

    Celery is something I never buy, but I’m tempted now as I’ve read how incredibly good it is for one. Never heard of socca or besan. Hey, what language are you speaking? LOL

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      Balvinder March 27, 2014 (5:33 pm)

      Now I am surprised at your comment. You know I use BESAN a lot. You should check my chickpea flours page to know what besan is….And Socaa..it is Italian Flat bread (pancake) prepared from garbanzo bean flour. Glad you like the salad and will now buy celery.

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    Sridevi Ravi March 27, 2014 (10:01 am)

    I am leaning toward salads these days! We tried eating salads for lunch and it works. Mine is a mix of many things to make it interesting. When you say this is good I should try it!

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      Balvinder March 27, 2014 (6:10 pm)

      I am not a huge fan of raw celery, but the creamy grape vinaigrette with a kick makes all the difference.

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    yummychunklet March 27, 2014 (11:38 am)

    What a great side dish!

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    Bam's Kitchen March 27, 2014 (5:25 pm)

    This sounds like a super refreshing salad. A little sweet, spicy and tangy. Perfect for spring.

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    easyfoodsmith March 28, 2014 (1:17 am)

    Now that my daughter’s exams are over, I need to catch this movie.
    I love the idea of serving this salad with socca.

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    Coffee and Crumpets March 28, 2014 (2:52 pm)

    I’ve heard good things about Queen as well and wouldn’t mind seeing it…and I do love golgappas!!
    This salad looks wonderful and looks perfect atop the socca!

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    Choc Chip Uru March 29, 2014 (1:03 pm)

    The grape vinaigrette sounds absolutely drinkable, delicious job 😀
    I love this salad as well. celery is underrated!

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Monica March 29, 2014 (4:39 pm)

    This looks really refreshing and definitely better and healthier than going out for pizza after a movie (as tempting as that is). I like how you used green grapes in your version. I’m not a big fan of raw celery still but I’m coming around! : )

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    Nava Krishnan March 30, 2014 (2:47 am)

    Heard the rave about the movie. Many of my friends been asking to watch. I usually don’t go for movies, so I shall get a DVD. Never made celery salad before but sure, why not to this interesting salad with grapes. Yum.

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    Chai a Cup of Life March 30, 2014 (4:23 am)

    So glad to hear you liked ‘queen’. I have been wanting to see this movie!! Awesome salad mix Balvinder, great for this warm weather we are getting lately.

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    Blackswan April 1, 2014 (7:21 am)

    I’ve to say not many appreciate the taste of celery. This is a good way to hide the raw taste of the vegetables. I’m also always looking for ideas to cook celery so that my son will eat.

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    Kitchen Belleicious April 1, 2014 (11:11 am)

    the vinaigrette sounds intriguing and delicious! Love that the celery is the star of the show here

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    Juliana April 1, 2014 (7:08 pm)

    I too like watching movie…just do not find enough time to do it…the salad sounds and looks delicious with the grape vinaigrette…so refreshing!
    Hope you are enjoying your week Balvinder 😀

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    Amelia April 3, 2014 (7:39 am)

    Hi Balvinder, another interesting recipe and great for diet food. Love this recipe, very appetizing.
    Excellent combo.

    Best regards.

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    Katerina April 8, 2014 (1:23 am)

    This is such a refreshing salad perfect for spring!

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    Juliana December 8, 2016 (12:00 pm)

    This salad looks so refreshing and festive with the cranberries…I love the touch of mint too…thanks for the recipe Balvinder.
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂