This is a simple salad that contains just a few basic ingredients. The mushrooms are an important aspect of this delicious salad, so seek out the very best. However, the most interesting tastes and textures in this salad come from the celery. Too often celery is barely noticed and under appreciated. But have you ever stopped and really considered just how delicious good, farmers market celery can be? To fully appreciate this salad, I suggest you use only the very small stalks from the heart of the celery – as well as lots of the young pale-colored leaves.
Ingredients1/2 pound crimini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
10-12 pale inner celery stalks with plenty of leaves attached (use a couple bunches if necessary)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Pecorino Romano, to taste
freshly ground coarse black pepper, to taste