mediterranean celery olive salad

mediterranean celery olive salad

Crunchy. Salty. Sweet. Mediterranean Celery Olive Salad hits on all cylinders for flavor! Refreshing flavors! Gonna be a family favorite!

Celery Salad

You know what I love about food. Using ingredients in totally different ways to create spectacular new dishes. It’s kind of like dressing and style. You have clothes, shoes, accessories and when you combine them in different ways, you get an entirely new look. Of course, you can do things the same ol’ way, which sometimes works and is good, but, boy, do you miss out on a lot of fun in life!

Simple Celery Salad

Crunchy. Salty, And, then you bite into a spark of sweet. Your palate says, ‘Whooooaaaa Nelly! What’s happening here? I’m really loving this!’ That’s what this salad’s all about. Letting you explore beyond what’s know, what’s typical, what’s expected. That’s why bohemian bold fooding is all about. Traveling to the edge of the tastebuds and loving it! And, here’s yet another celery salad that you’re gonna love! And, that’s what makes this Mediterranean celery olive salad so simple, yet, utterly divine!

Celery and Olive Salad

Nothing makes food pop more than olives for me. Maybe it’s the saltiness. Yes, salt does bring out flavors. But the olives in this salad do more than add salt. The flavors of the celery and olive salad is exponentially enhanced simply by adding the olives. The sweet tastes a little more delightful. The watery of the celery is a tad bit brighter on the palate. And, it’s all because of the humble yet chic olive!

Best Summer Salads

Salads are fabulous year-round, but salads take on new flavor, taste and meaning during the Spring and Summer months when you can buy local and source your ingredients from farmers’ markets, roadside stands, your own garden and more. So if you’re looking for something that will move you from a boring predictable Summer salad to a Summer salad that will be perfect for BBQs, picnics, outdoor eating and more, then this simple celery and olive salad with all those flavors of the Mediterranean is your best bet!

Vegetarian Salad Recipes

Now this recipe can be totally vegetarian if you put no protein on it. And, I have so many salads and sides that are vegetarian. Crazy, but I don’t even think about any of those dietary things when I’m creating recipes. I just want to create healthy. So naturally many of my recipes can fall into those trendy categories of keto, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and more. 

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Vegan Salad Recipes

This basic salad and the ingredients are perfect for those who are vegetarian or vegan. Add ons simply allow it to become adaptable to a range of palates and preferences. If you want to add a protein, you’ve go that option. If you want to pan sear some beans, like chick peas, you can make it a more substantial filling salad. It’s also perfect for topping with anything from tofu to tuna! 

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mediterranean celery olive salad

mediterranean celery olive salad

mediterranean celery olive salad

Yield: 6+ servings

Crunchy. Salty. Sweet. Yep, this Mediterranean Celery Olive Salad hits on all cylinders for flavor! Refreshing flavors!


  • 4 cups celery, sliced
  • 1 cup olives, sliced/chopped (pimentos included), drain juice
  • 1/3 cup black olives, minced into a fine mixture (I bought them in the can like this.)
  • 2 packed cups baby arugula, roughly chopped
  • ½ packed cup flat parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbl. fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning (can substitute Greek)
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ½ cup Dole Sunshine dates, chopped
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, large juice and zest


Combine in a large mixing bowl all of the ingredients except the olive oil and lemon juice zest. Toss and blend well all these ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice and zest and whisk together well. Drizzle on the celery mixture. Toss and blend well. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

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  1. Just made this salad. I used green and blank. Greek olives instead of the ones with pimentos and used dried figs for the dates and it was delicious. I’ll be making this again!

    1. Phyllis! Love your swaps! You achieved the basic flavors and textures in the salad. We love this ine, too! xoxo allt

  2. Ich habe den Salat heute zubereitet und ich liebe ihn. Wir haben heute Steaks gegrillt und er war perfekt dazu. Vielen Dank für das tolle Rezept.

    1. Oh, gosh, that is great to hear! Grilled steaks are perfect with this refreshing salad! Thank you for sharing with me! 🥰 ally

  3. Ok, sorry about, that wrong e/mail ! Same? Just want to know if I can make this ahead?

    1. Hi, Sandy! Here’s what I’d do. Prepare all the ingredients. Put in individual little bags (you could combine some), then toss/miss/vinaigrette when ready to serve. It’s going to be fresh as a daisy!! xoxx ally

  4. I want to make this for Christmas, can I make it ahead of time, say the day before?

    1. Hi, Sandy, I’d prepare the ingredients. Put them in small bags or containers, then assemble the day of serving. It’s just a more fresh and together look. Yes, you could do the night before, but if you’ve got it all ready, then all you do is put i a big bowl, add the vinaigrette, toss and presto, done! xoxx ally

  5. Liz Dowker says:

    I don’t do dried fruits…any suggestions for alternate “sweet” fruits? Maybe dried cherries? Oranges? What do you suggest?

    1. Hi, Liz! Oh, yes, you could certainly throw in any dried fruit that you like, cherries, oranges. I’ve even found dried kiwis at times at Fresh Market. If you like dates, omg, they’re fabulous in it, too (yes, a little on the sweet side). Tart dried cranberries even golden raisins which aren’t too sweet. Let me know what you choose! Thanks so so much for swinging by, luv! xoxx ally

  6. Love the surprising mix of flavors and textures! Just a pop of sweetness here and there. This will be on repeat. 😃

    1. Lynn! Thank you thank you! Yes, this is one of my all-time favorite salads. And, it’s just so versatile. When you get that unexpected pop of sweet, your palate does a little happy dance! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see a lot more of you! xoxx ally

    1. For sure, Stephanie! And, it’s also fabulous as a salad during the dead of winter for your pot roasts, soups and hearty stews! For me, it goes w/just about anything. Thank you!! xoxx ally

  7. This sounds and looks delicious!
    Can’t wait to make it!
    What Is the nutritional info per serving?

    1. Hi, Teri! Thank you! I think you’ll surely enjoy. If you’re a celery lover, it’s right up your alley. I don’t know the nutritional info per serving. I do know that it’s low glycemic and delicious! xoxx ~ally

  8. Mary Pope says:

    I finally made your beautiful salad and it was delicious! To make it part of a complete meal I served it alongside and overlapping lentils and tuna. It was a great combo. I really liked the touch of sweetness from the dates and apricots! This is a keeper!

    1. Dearest Mary, thank you so so very much for letting me know that you loved this salad! And, I love what you served it with. Sounds like one super healthy delicious meal. I agree, it’s definitely a keeper. I’ve made it so so many times, for large and small gatherings. Always a hit! Don’t be a stranger! Talk soon! xoxx ~ally

  9. Anything you can sub for Arugula? I dont much care for it but love olives and celery

    1. Hi, Hannah! Sure, you can certainly substitute baby spinach or maybe baby kale. Another great substitute would be rainbow chard sliced in a shredded manner. The big thing is to add more substance and bulk w/the greens to help balance the celery. Here are two other celery based salads that you may also enjoy since you love celery! Thanks for swinging by and come back soon! xoxo ~ally

  10. Can you use kalamata and castelvetrano olives instead of the black olives, And olives with Pimentos or do you think it might be too salty

    1. Hi, Jo…you could use either/both kalamata and castevetrano. I’d not put any salt in the blend until I tasted. I use olives with pimentos. Of course, every person has a tastebud level for salt. And, I must say, I love salty eats. The celery and other ingredients do counterbalance. And, you’re using a good amount of parsley. Another thing, if you don’t want to mince olives, no problem. I do slice them however. Enjoy…I’m making this again for Memorial Day weekend. And, if you haven’t checked out my other two variation (subtle differences) celery recipes, please do!

  11. This is a fabulously fresh and beautiful recipe, Ally! I just love all the flavors you’ve incorporated… Can’t wait to make it!

    1. Michele! Thank you so much. It’s really one of my most pinned recipes and it’s easy to figure out why, it absolutely wonderful. No cooking. All fresh. And, it showcases the sometimes overlooked ‘second-rate’ celery! I say we bring celery to star status!! lol! Please share a pix and let me know how you like, what you served it with, etc.! xoxo

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