Lidia Bastianich’s mozzarella and celery salad

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Italian chef Lidia Bastianich whipped up this easy celery salad, accented with fresh mozzarella and crunchy walnuts.

Mozzarella and celery salad

Serves 6


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups celery thinly sliced on the bias, with some leaves


In a serving bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Then slowly whisk in the olive oil to make a smooth dressing. Add the mozzarella, walnuts, and celery. Toss well with the dressing, and serve. Or you can plate a more formal version with fanned, sliced mozzarella and the dressed celery and walnuts on top.

Courtesy Lidia Bastianich