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Celery Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Walnuts Recipe

While Bologna is known for its traditional dishes like tagliatelle alla bolognese, tortellini en brodo, and lasagne Verde, when you travel to Italy you’ll notice that Bolognese people also like to eat fresh vegetable course with pasta-heavy meals. And the Emilia-Romagna region grows some really beautiful vegetables to celebrate. 

No matter the time of year you visit Bologna, you notice the markets are always abundant with onions, striking chicories that come in deep hues of purples and pastel pinks, and my personal favorite, fresh celery hearts. Crisp, light, and so delicious when thinly sliced and paired with salty shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano, crunchy walnuts, and a few generous tablespoons of olive oil.

This celery salad is something my Zia (aunt) often serves as the first course at a family meal. We eat this salad a lot because it’s versatile and available year-round. The Parmigiano-Reggiano is really what makes it super special and very Bolognese.

Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

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Celery Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Walnuts Recipe

Celery Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Walnuts Recipe

Inspired by the open air markets in Bologna, Italy, this fresh, crunchy, simple salad of celery, walnuts, and Parmigiano-Reggiano is a favorite around here! We invite you to feel like in Bologna with us by making this Celery Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Walnuts recipe.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Small Salads


  • 3 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste


  • Toss together the celery, Parmigiano-Reggiano and walnuts in a mixing bowl. Then drizzle on the olive oil and vinegar and toss to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired. 
Keyword Easy salad
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