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Pickled Celery Recipe

If you know me, you know that I adore pickled foods, including this pickled celery recipe. I also absolutely love spicy things (hence I douse my food with tons of salsa) and I love vinegar (hence I ran my own production company).

I mean I love vinegar so much that sometimes I even just drink it straight. I don’t even dilute it by making it into a cocktail (I guess I’m just not that hipster), I just chug it (against my dentist’s advice).

So you can see why I would also LOVE anything pickled. If you are anything like me and even remotely love pickled foods, this pickled celery recipe will change your life (I’m serious). It makes for an amazing addition to salads or a healthy, delicious and snack.

I must warn you though, some people think this delicious snack’s strong smell is offensive so keep that in mind before enjoying it in a small enclosed space (I learned this the hard way). So let’s talk Pickled Celery!

Pickled Celery Recipe - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

Is Celery Good Pickled?

So I’ve already raved about this pickled celery recipe above, but seriously, pickled celery will change your life. There is just something so satisfying about crunch on celery sticks that have the pickled taste you know and love from cucumbers.

Pickled celery is good on it’s own as a snack but it’s even more delicious in things like egg salad, coleslaw, tuna salad, pasta salad, and more.  Basically, it’s a great way to add flavor to any fresh dish!

This Pickled Celery Recipe Requires NO Boiling

You read that right, this is a quick pickle recipe that requires no boiling or cooking of any ingredients. This is essential because by keeping this recipe raw, we preserve the probiotics in the raw apple cider vinegar.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our bodies, but eating them, we can support our microbiome and stay healthy. Not only that but they help pre-digest food, making them more tolerable. Learn more about probiotics and celiac disease here.

Pickled Celery Recipe - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

About this Recipe

This Pickled Celery Recipe is one of my favorites because it turns what could be a boring snack into a new treat. PLUS, aside from chopping the celery into snacking sticks, all you do is dump the ingredients into a jar or bag and wait – which is my kind of ADHD-friendly recipe.

So like I outlined above, you literally just chop the celery into sticks, place them in a container. Add minced garlic, salt, and vinegar and let it sit in the fridge for atleast ~2-3 hours. After, remove the celery from the vinegar mixture (you can reuse it for other quick pickling of veggies) and enjoy your celery through out the week.

Which brings me to how long does pickled celery last in the fridge? Out of the vinegar mixture, I’d say no longer than a week. In the vinegar, it should hold for quite a while. Use your own judgement as a guide though. Don’t eat anything that looks obviously unsafe.

Pickled Celery

This is a pickled celery recipe that will change your life. It requires no canning and is able to be kept for weeks in the fridge. This is the best way to snack on celery
Prep Time10 minutes
Resting Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: probiotic, side dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, fasano diet, Gluten-Free, grain-free, low nickel, nightshade free, Paleo, Vegan / Plantbased
Keyword: pickled celery, pickled celery recipe
Servings: 8
Cost: 2.50


  • 1 lb celery
  • 2 cups raw apple cider vinegar
  • distilled water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)


  • Chop the celery into snack-sized sticks
  • Mince (or finely slice if you’re lazy like me) the garlic.
  • Put the chopped celery, prepared garlic and a pinch of salt into a container, preferably glass but I’ve used ziplock bags before with no problems (hey, sometimes you got to do what you’ve got to do).
  • Pour in enough vinegar (or lemon juice) to cover the celery and close the container. (2 cups + as much distilled water as you need will fill a quart size jar - you can adjust this ratio depending on how strong you like your pickles).
  • Let the celery sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours before draining the vinegar and enjoying this delicious snack..
  • Lasts for about 1 week in the fridge out the vinegar mixture. Lasts for over a week in the fridge with the vinegar mixture but note the longer it sits in the vinegar, the softer the celery will get (meaning, no more crunch).

Other Quick Pickle Recipes

Like this quick pickle recipe? I show you how to pickle other vegetables with just vinegar. Here are some other recipes:

  • Fermented Carrot Sticks – this is more of a long-pickle and helps you hone in on your fermentation skills!
  • Probiotic Quick Pickle Cucumber – Another quick pickle recipe showing you how to make pickled cucumber in your fridge.
  • Quick Pickled Carrots – A shorted version of the fermented pickled carrot sticks, this recipe involves sliced carrots and a faster wait time.
  • Probiotic Pickled Red Onion – My favorite quick pickled recipe by far is this pickled red onion recipe. It’s so easy and a great way to add flavor and color to any dish.
  • Quick Pickled Cabbage – Another fun recipe that adds color and flavor to any dish is this quick pickled cabbage.

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