Celestial Salad

Celestial SaladOver the holiday weekend, we did a lot of eating.  Not all of it was “clean” eating and after a weekend like that I find myself craving a nice, light, delicious salad.  One of our all time favorite salads is Celestial Salad.  We have made it for years and it is always on our Easter menu as well as making frequent appearances on our dinner table on other nights of the year.  As far as I’m concerned it is pretty heavenly. I originally shared this back in 2011 but since it is a favorite it needed a little recipe redo.  It needed better pictures to show how pretty it is.

Celestial Salad

I especially enjoy this salad in the spring and summer months.  There is just something about a salad with oranges in it that says “Spring” to me!

The dressing is very light and the salad is full of yummy things like cucumbers, green onions, celery, and oranges.  I always add sugared almonds too, lots of them! I love crunch in my salad and the nuts, celery and cucumber give it plenty of crunch.

Celestial Salad

The original recipe came from The Portland Palate, one of my favorite cookbooks.

Celestial Salad is the perfect spring/summer salad.


Celestial Salad
  • ½ C slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 C celery, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • Romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
  • ½ tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp red wine vinegar
  • a sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • Sugar the almonds.
  1. In a large bowl combine lettuce, celery, green onions, cucumber, oranges and nuts
For dressing:
  1. Whisk together salt, pepper, oil, sugar, vinegar and red pepper flakes
  2. To sugar almonds place the sugar and almonds in a small frying pan and stir until the sugar melts and coats the nuts and they turn golden brown.
  3. Pour over salad and toss well

Heavenly Celestial Salad - the perfect springsummer salad

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. khareen says

    hmm…I’m a vegetarian and so love your Salad, I will try to do it later. Thanks to the recipe and hope you post more soon.

  2. Emily says

    Ok, is this the first time this salad has been on the blog? This is my go to recipe when I am asked to bring a salad. I made it Sunday and thought why has she never put this on the blog? or has she and I just don’t remember it? Mostly I just wanted a pretty picture to go with my recipe :) Do you see this? We truly are kindred spirits?!

    By the way I made a double batch, there were only 14 of us at the dinner and more than half of them were children. There were no leftovers! This salad is that good.

  3. says

    Definitely trying this one – I served a similar salad from your site recently, one with strawberries, and it was a huge hit. Those sugared almonds rock!

  4. Sheila says

    You mention sugared almonds, but it doesn’t give instructions on how to do it. There are 2 T sugar included in the ingredients. Is that for the almonds? At the end of the dressing ingredients it just says, “sugar the almonds”. Could you please clarify?


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