Do you ever want something, but not really that thing, but kind of that thing, so you have to come up with a new thing? Like when it sounds good to be lounging on the beach in the warm sun with an over the top cocktail but it’s winter and vacation is months away so you sit under your strongest lamp with a rum and pineapple juice that has a crazy Lego thing cobbled together to approximate an umbrella? No? Just me? Ok, how about when you see an outfit combo that hits all your “THAT’S what I’m talking about” buttons but it comes with a price tag that hits your bank account’s “look away” alarms? You don’t give it up – you adjust and recreate. You take the spirit of the thing and drape it over your own interpretation. You work it for yourself. It was kind of like that when I came up with this recipe. I saw someone mention a smoothie with apples, lemon, celery, and parsley. That sounded intriguing, except for the smoothie part, so I tossed around the flavors until I hit on this non-chunky-liquid way to enjoy them. Bingo. Success. Those flavors, in the form I want. I am sure this salad would work well with your favorite fancy non-Lego-umbrella cocktail.

Apple Celery Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 large apples, cored and thinly sliced

4 celery stalks, sliced (preferably on the diagonal)

ΒΌ cup chopped parsley

2 tbsps olive oil

2 tbsps whole grain mustard

Juice of Β½ lemon

Salt

Pepper

Method:

Mix together the oil, mustard and lemon juice with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Toss this with the apples, celery, and parsley. Taste to adjust salt and pepper.

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