Celery salt is a mixture of fine sea salt and celery seed, mainly used as a seasoning in cooking to complement vegetables, meats and salad dressings. It adds a faint hint of celery flavour and spiciness to any dishes you would typically use salt for.
Celery salt is also a classic ingredient used in Chicago-style hot dogs and the Canadian Caesar cocktail, which is often served in a large celery salt-rimmed glass. The salt brings out the tomato flavour in the drink, while the celery adds freshness to it. With that being said, celery salt can also be a refreshing addition to non-alcoholic beverages like tomato or vegetable juices!
Just like celery itself, its seed also comes with an impressive amount of health benefits, primarily in lowering inflammations and fighting bacterial infections. With only 2 teaspoons of celery salt per day, you are getting 20% of your daily requirements for manganese, iron and 5% for calcium. Manganese is essential for boosting metabolism and improving cognitive functions. Along with calcium, they both hold properties that help promote bone development and prevent osteoporosis. Iron, on the other hand, is known to reduce risks of anemia and many other health issues. You might want to include this nutritious seasoning to your collection of spices from now on!
If you are wondering how you should incorporate celery salt to your regular cooking, here are some ways you can use it in:
- Creamy salad dressings in coleslaw, potato salad or egg salad
- Meat rub (Fun fact: celery salt is one of the eleven secret spices used in KFC’s fried chicken!)
- Vegetable juice and Caesar cocktail
- Hot dog topping
- Soup and stews
- Anywhere you would use salt for!
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