9 Celery Substitutes

Celery is a vibrantly green vegetable known for its crunch. It is also known for its distinctive flavor that many individuals either love or hate. 

9 Celery Substitutes

It is a staple ingredient in many well-loved dishes such as Thanksgiving stuffing, but it can also be enjoyed raw with some of your favorite dips. 

Whether you find yourself out of celery or would like an alternative without such an intense taste, here are some great substitutes for celery. 

1. Fennel 

Fennel resembles celery very well due to its crunch factor! 

It also has a taste that is similar to that of celery, and when cooked down in soups and stews, that flavor mellows out. 

2. Radish

Radish also has a wonderful crunch, with a mild, slightly peppery flavor. 

This would work as a great replacement for celery when it comes to salads and snacks! They also add a pop of pretty color to your plate! 

3. Cucumber

Another crunchy replacement is cucumber. This beautifully green fruit has a refreshing taste, just like celery does, and has a very high water content, as does celery. 

This is perfect if someone doesn’t like the strong taste of celery, and works perfectly as a replacement when it comes to juices, smoothies, and also a crunchy snack with some dip! 

4. Apples 

You may not have thought it, but apples go a long way when it comes to replacing celery. 

They’ll add sweetness to your recipe, and are a wonderful addition to smoothies and juices. 

They’ll also work as a replacement for celery in your Thanksgiving stuffing! Nothing says the holidays quite like some warm apple! 

5. Carrots 

This vibrantly orange, crunchy veggie is another great celery alternative. They work perfectly in any savory dishes that require celery, such as stir-fries, stews, and soups. 

However, they’re also yummy as a crunchy snack with some hummus, and are also a great addition to smoothies and juices! 

You’ll also get an array of health benefits when adding carrots to your diet – win-win! 

6. Bok Choy

Bok Choy is known as the ‘Asian cabbage’ and this is due to its seriously crunchy profile. 

Its green leaves are the tender part of the vegetable, while the light green section is seriously crunchy and full of flavor, just like celery! 

This can act as an amazing replacement for celery, especially if you like giving your food some Asian influence and flavor. 

Add them to your stir-fries, soups, and salads, and you won’t be disappointed! 

7. Leeks 

Although they carry an onion flavor, leeks are a great alternative to celery due to their crunch. 

They are best used in savory dishes, and they taste delicious in stir-fries, soups, and stews, making them a great replacement for celery. 

8. Cabbage 

Due to the crunchy element and high water content of cabbage, it makes for a great substitute for celery. 

If you’re ever in need of making a celery slaw to go with your buffalo chicken, just swap out the celery with cabbage if you’d like, and you’ll still have a deliciously crunchy snack! 

9. Jicama 

Jicama is also known as the Mexican yam bean or the Mexican turnip. It is a root that grows in Mexico and when cooked has a mild nutty taste along with a wonderful crunch. 

Therefore, it’s great as a celery replacement, and its mild taste makes it very versatile for a variety of recipes. If you do need a celery replacement for salads, however, this is the best option. 

Final Thoughts 

Whether you’ve run out of celery, or are cooking for some fussy eaters who don’t enjoy the taste of it, knowing what other items in your fridge you can use as a substitute is very useful. 

The main thing your replacement needs to mimic is the crunch of the celery, and if it carries a relatively mild flavor, you’ll be able to use it in any kind of recipe. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Are The Health Benefits Of Celery? 

There are an array of health benefits when it comes to eating celery. The vegetable is rich in minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins A, K, and C. 

The minerals you’ll be feeding your body are folate and potassium, and it is also a vegetable that is low in sodium. 

It is also low on the glycemic index, which means it won’t give you a spike in blood sugar levels. 

It is also very low in calories, and makes for a great snack. Therefore, any individuals who are watching their calorie intake, or trying to lose weight, would benefit from adding celery to their diet.

Is Celery Good For Your Stools? 

Celery has a very good amount of fiber, which helps to alleviate and prevent constipation. 

One cup of celery contains 10% of the daily fiber intake an individual needs. 

9 Celery Substitutes

9 Celery Substitutes

Recipe by Jenna

Not everyone loves the crunch and taste when it comes to celery. If you’re dealing with fussy eaters, or have simply run out of celery, here are 9 alternatives.

Course: Substitutes
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  • Fennel 

  • Radish

  • Cucumber

  • Apples 

  • Carrots 

  • Bok Choy

  • Leeks 

  • Cabbage 

  • Jicama 


  • Decide on what substitute you need
  • Pick a substitute from the list above
  • Read what you need to substitute with
  • Create the recipe and enjoy

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