Celery Root Salad with Asian Pears and Hazelnuts

We’ve teamed up with Nourish NorthwestBastyr University and Guckenheimer to provide you with healthy and delicious recipes all year long. 

With fall just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to try new recipes inspired by the season’s harvest. Asian pears are just coming into season and offer a crunchy texture that’s similar to an apple. Add the distinct, mild taste of celery root, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this unique twist on a traditional salad. As you search for celery root at your local grocery story or market, look for one with green in the stalk – they’ll be the freshest!

Pair this salad with grilled chicken and you’ll have a healthy, filling dinner or lunch.






Asian-Pear-Celery-Recipe-FinalCelery root salad with Asian pears and hazelnuts

(Serves 4)



  • 1 cup celery root (or celeriac), outside cut off, julienned
  • 1 cup Asian pear, skin on, dice into medium pieces
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery, plus some celery leaves
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan Reggiano

Sherry-mustard vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Toast hazelnuts until light brown and fragrant, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Make the vinaigrette by combining all ingredients in a food processor or whisking together in a bowl.
  3. Except for the cheese, toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and dress lightly with the sherry-mustard vinaigrette (you will not need to use all of the dressing – save for later use).
  4. Serve salads in small bowls with shaved Parmesan Reggiano over the top.




Bastyr University is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr’s campus located near Seattle, Washington, offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, ranked as one of the Puget Sound’s top medical facilities for patient experience in 2012. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California opened in San Diego, in fall 2012, becoming California’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.