Prep 25 mins
Cook 5 mins
- 7 large celery ribs
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup loosely packed fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2⁄3 cup diced firm white bread (1/4 inch) or 2⁄3 cup baguette
- 1⁄4 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
- Peel outer strings from 4 celery ribs with a paring knife. Cut peeled celery into 2-inch lengths, then use slicer to julienne enough celery to measure 2 cups, reserving all trimmings. Transfer julienned celery to a bowl and chill.
- Cut enough of trimmings and remaining ribs into 1/4-inch slices to measure 2 cups. Add celery slices (not julienne) and water to a small saucepan and simmer, covered, until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add parsley, stirring until wilted.
- Transfer blanched celery slices, parsley, and any remaining liquid to a blender and purée until smooth, about 2 minutes, then force through a medium-mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing on and discarding solids. Stir 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper into celery coulis and set bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water.
- Heat 1 cup oil in a 10-inch skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then fry bread, stirring constantly, until golden brown, 15 to 20 seconds.
- Immediately transfer croutons with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, then sprinkle with celery salt. Cool croutons to room temperature.
- Whisk together vinegar, pepper, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon oil in a large bowl until blended, then add celery julienne and croutons, tossing to coat.
- Spoon about 2 tablespoons celery coulis onto each of 4 plates and pile salad alongside.