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Celery- What's In It For Me?

Have a little celery left in your refrigerator? Make this simple sautéed celery to serve as a side dish. This recipe can be adjusted for as much celery as you have that needs to be used. Simply increase the oil and garlic as well as the amount of celery. A favorite fresh herb such as fresh basil could be added and a little salt or pepper if desired.

  • Celery is very low in calories and high in fiber.  It also provides potassium, vitamin C and some folate.

  • It adds volume to recipes like soups, stews and casseroles for minimal calories.  Celery also adds a delightful crunch and fresh flavor when served raw in recipes like tuna or chicken salad.

  • Celery has a mild but distinctive flavor that blends well with many foods.  Because of the mild flavor it is extremely versatile and can be served in many types of recipes including salads, salsas, soups, casseroles, pilafs and stir-fries.



1 teaspoon olive oil

½ teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup diagonally sliced fresh celery


Pour oil in small skillet and heat to medium.  Add garlic and sauté just a few seconds.  Add celery and sauté five or six minutes while stirring.  If needed, add about a tablespoon of water while cooking.  This recipe makes one serving and contains approximately 59 calories and 5 grams of fat.  

Becky Varner, MS RD LD

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