Celery-and-Apple Salad With Crispy Buckwheat


This is a refreshing and crunchy salad that’s packed with flavor and texture. If you’re gluten-free, don’t be confused by buckwheat: it’s neither wheat nor a grain but actually a seed. Fiber-rich buckwheat groats or kasha are hulled, crushed kernels that can be cooked like rice or toasted in the oven to bring out its nutty flavors. Make a big batch and use it to top salads, soups, or roasted vegetables. Look for a head of celery with bright green leaves attached—they’ll add a whole other layer of flavor.

Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat
Celery, apple, and toasted buckwheat pack a variety of tasty textures that make this healthy lunch idea extremely satisfying. Toasted buckwheat is a fun and nutritious add-on that fits into a gluten-free diet. Bonus: this healthy pick doesn't wilt like other salads by the time the clock hits lunchtime. Get the recipe:Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat. Photo: Alison Miksch
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 (serving size: 1 cup)


  • 1 cup uncooked buckwheat groats

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt, divided

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 celery stalks with leaves, thinly sliced on a diagonal (about 2 cups)

  • 1 sweet tart apple (such as Pink Lady, about 9 oz.), thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup loosely packed dill leaves, chopped, plus more for serving

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (about ½ cup), divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss buckwheat with 1 tablespoon of the oil, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and several grinds black pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast buckwheat until slightly darkened, 18 to 20 minutes, stirring buckwheat and rotating baking sheet halfway through. Let cool.

  2. Toss together celery, apple, dill, vinegar, toasted buckwheat, ¼ cup of the pecorino, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl. Season with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Top with more dill and remaining ¼ cup pecorino.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
15g Fat
39g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 669mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 10g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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