haifa celery date salad

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haifa celery date salad

The celery date salad highlights dates, which are grown in Israel and distributed around the globe. I love dates paired with savory dishes because it’s the unexpected.

Celery Salad

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There’s a reason this is named Haifa celery date salad. When I traveled to Israel as a guest of Taste of Israel Eat. Meet. Explore., one of the cities we visited was Haifa, which is a northern Israeli port city.

It’s built in tiers and extends from the Mediterranean up the north slope of Mount Carmel. I had yet another ethereal experience at Mt. Caramel after our group climbed to a high summit to gaze at the most amazing panoramic view.

Simple Celery Salad

I read (at the request of our guide for a volunteer) to our group, who all were standing or sitting on Mother Nature’s rocks, from the Hebrew Bible she’d brought.

The passages were about Elija’s challenge and his divine revelation. I must say, I was honored with this experience of a lifetime. Yes, I had to pinch myself. As I always say when unique opportunities present themselves, if not now, when?

Celery and Olive Salad

And our journey after Mt. Caramel? Oi oi, we had this most glorious communal dinner that evening at Haifa University where we, the five invited bloggers in the group, and students from the hosting organizations of TOI all cooked together. Funny how where ever we are in the world, we all share a common DNA~food. It bonds us.

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It provides a common ground for kind and yummy exchanges. There were probably at least 30+ of us, and we all worked like a fine symphony with everyone responsible for something. After a couple of hours of dicing, chopping, grilling, mixing, setting the tables and more, we all sat down to a gloriously delicious meal and shared conversation, laughter, stories and our hearts well into the night.

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Celery can get limp and floppy if in the refrigerator crisper and not stored correctly. You can wash and shake off excess water and wrap in foil. 

But, if you do have saggy celery stalks then try this amazing food hack. Yep, it will re-energize that celery! 

And, you’re on your way to new salad ideas! 

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This salad reminds me of some of the food we had at this collective meal. Everything was just so fresh and natural. Truly eating close to the earth as I like to describe it. The salad also highlights dates, which are grown in Israel and distributed around the globe. I love dates paired with savory dishes because it’s the unexpected. Isn’t that what makes life, as well as our palates, most excited. The unexpected!

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So, please enjoy this salad knowing that there is a deep part of my heart and soul in it. It derives from ancient history, my experiences and my food passion for fusing them into something special for you.

Here’s a Round Up of Healthy Salads, some of which are vegan! You don’t want to miss the inspiration for making salad a statement piece on your table! 


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Some of my other twists on celery salad:

Mediterranean Celery Olive Salad

Cucumber Celery Olive Odyssey Salad

haifa celery date salad

haifa celery date salad

haifa celery date salad

Yield: 4-6


  • 3 cups celery, with leaves sliced
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers, diced (store bought)
  • ½ cup purple onion, diced
  • ¾ cup Dole Package Foods pitted whole dates, sliced crosswise thinly
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 3 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice and pulp


  1. Combine the celery, peppers, onion, dates, salt pepper and tarragon in a mixing bowl. Blend together well. Drizzle on the olive oil and lemon juice. Toss well.
  2. Let the salad sit for about 30 minutes before serving.


Happy happy...this will keep well for a couple of days.

Try it in a pita pocket with some grilled chicken, beef or lamb...oh yum!

You can always add another texture to it, like green peas or garbanzo beans.

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haifa celery date salad

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  1. I have extra celery from the lentil soup
    I made today and kept thinking what am I going to do with all
    This extra celery! Yay!!! Thank you for sharing XO

    1. Dana!! You have your dilemma solved! This salad is so refreshing, luv! And, it keeps for about 2 days refrigerated. Let me know how you like! xoxx ally

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this! Made my own roasted peppers and we all loved it! The crunch was great with salmon.

    1. Thank you! And, I love that you roasted your own peppers! Perfect with salmon. I’m like you, gotta have that crrrrrunch!! Don’t be a stranger! xoxx ally

  3. Lynne Fleming says:

    I cannot wait to try this one.

    1. Oh goodness, Lynne, it’s so unique and delicious! Hope you enjoy luv! 🥰🥰🥰 ally

  4. Merry Graham says:

    What a unique combination but I can cyber taste it and it works! I love it! Simple…crunchy celery with sweet dates. Yum!

    1. Fanks, Mare! It is wonderful! We had it w/Wild Boar Bolonese/Pasta and the extra crunch and sweet just topped it off! xox

    1. That’s my Kim…we gots to stay unexpected, right Boho sis!! xox

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