Sileo Celery Salad

I am so delighted to share this Sileo Celery Salad recipe with you. One that has been in my family for generations and generations on my Mom’s side of the family. Growing up, my mom and her family (who is of Italian descent) would make this celery salad as part of our antipasti platter for every gathering. 

Celery Salad

To think about this recipe getting past down from generation to generation makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Who knows how far back this simple, yet delicious, celery salad goes back but it’s one to really kick up your classic meat and cheese platter and wow your guests with something crunchy and delicious! It’s packed with flavor and oh-so easy to make! 

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, I thought it was very fitting to share this recipe. If there is any recipe that makes me think of my Mom, it’s this celery salad and her spaghetti and meatballs. I finally made my mom sit in the kitchen with me and measure out the ingredients so that I could share the family recipe with each of you. It was pure torture for her to have to measure each ingredient, as she is used to just “eyeballing” the recipe, but we did it and it is absolutely fabulous.

Now, for how to eat it! That’s up to you. My family uses sets little plates next to our antipasti platter so that everyone can make their own plates. I like to either eat mine with a spoon, or make little antipasti tacos. As a child, I’d take a big slice of provolone cheese, lay a few slices of salami on top, put a little celery salad in the middle, then fold it and eat it like a taco. Fantastic! You can also reserve the leftovers for throwing on top of big salads. It’s one of those things that just keeps getting better with time in the fridge!

Sileo Celery Salad
Serves 6
A family recipe from my Mom's side of the family of celery salad that is served great with Antipasti!
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 8-10 large stalks of celery (about 4 cups, diced large)
  2. 4 cloves garlic
  3. 4 toothpicks
  4. 1 cup sliced Pepperoncini (from the jar), drained and roughly chopped
  5. 1/3 cup roasted red pepper from the jar, drained and very finely diced
  6. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
  7. 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  8. 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, or more to taste
  9. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  1. Peel the celery (using a potato peeler) outer layer to remove the stringy bits from the celery. Then, rinse and use a paper towel to dry the celery.
  2. Trim the ends and cut the celery, lengthwise or long-wise, in half down the center, then, slice. (Or, alternatively, do a "large dice" on the celery.)
  3. Place the diced celery in a large bowl. Stick a toothpick into each of the cloves of garlic. (This helps make the garlic easy to find when serving.) Place the garlic in the bowl with the celery.
  4. Add the pepperoncini, roasted red pepper, and pepper. Toss to combine.
  5. Add the olive and toss until well combined.
  6. Add the kosher salt, toss to combine.
  7. Lastly, add the vinegar and toss it one last time to combine.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving; however, it's best the next day. My mom usually makes this the day before a party and serves it with cured meats and cheeses on an antipasti platter. It keeps for up 5-7 days in the fridge.
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    July 14, 2022 at 2:31 am

    I was in a hurry to make this to take out of town. I chopped the garlic and mixed it in. Do you think it will be okay?

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    June 19, 2022 at 2:55 am

    This recipe is bomb. I added it to a charcuterie board and everyone loved it. So simple too.

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    January 7, 2022 at 3:31 am

    I’ve made this a couple times and it gets better every time! Added it to a charcuterie and everyone starts making salami “tacos” with this as the filling! Adding it to tuna salad tomorrow!

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    May 5, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    So delicious, had it with a charcuterie board for dinner, love it!!

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    Kayla Krittenbrink
    April 18, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    This is delicious!! I made it for a charcuterie board and then used the rest as a salad topper (and continued meat, cheese, and cracker accompaniment) for the rest of the week! The friend I made it for was also a big fan. Love it!

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    April 5, 2021 at 12:15 am

    SO GOOD!! Made for Easter lunch- currently eating it in sourdough toast!

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    March 5, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Yum! I didn’t have red peppers so I used sun dried tomatoes. It was BOMB! Thank you!

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    March 2, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    I wasn’t sure if this would be something I would like, but I finally decided to make it. I literally took one bite and said out loud “Of course it’s good, it’s Alex” Thanks for another delicious recipe!

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    March 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    What type of olives did you use?

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      March 1, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      I don’t have olives in this recipe

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        March 1, 2021 at 5:56 pm

        Step 5 says to add Olives. Most likely meant olive oil.

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    February 28, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    This is so delicious I started eating straight from the bowl! Always happy to have a celery recipe and I thought I didn’t like pepperoncinis but they are so crucial in this. So good!

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