Butter Bean Celery Pepita Salad w/ Winter Citrus

Dinner, Salads, Winter

Celery Butter Bean and Pepita Salad w/ Winter Citrus | www.acozykitchen.com

I read a really depressing article the other day.

It was part of Joy’s Sunday round-up (I love her Sunday reads). Oh man is was depressing. This article is all about dating and being dissatisfied and feeling like there are so many options out there so why would we settle when something better might be around the corner?!

I really think this is why it can be so hard to date in big cities. A lot of people are always in search for the next best thing. That search, that need for constant stimuli, the need for something even better than what you have makes people’s attention span thisbig. Good gracious, how terrible.

Celery Butter Bean and Pepita Salad w/ Winter Citrus | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m convinced that the fastest way to lead a miserable life is to go around constantly wishing you have more. To compare your happiness to another’s and thinking it doesn’t measure up. I know this all too well. It’s a gnawing feeling. It’s the rat race and I’ve recently realized it doesn’t just pertain to our work lives. It can seep into parts of our personal life, too.

For all my single friends, I FEEL YOU I LOVE YOU STAY STRONG! To people who are in good relationships questioning, Are they good enough?! They probably are. Let’s talk about salad. (Don’t worry, I’ll have a cheese dish soon.)

Celery Butter Bean and Pepita Salad w/ Winter Citrus | www.acozykitchen.com

Are you a celery-hater?

I actually looove celery. I love its fibrous nature, I love the snap and water it retains. I love how refreshing it tastes, especially in the middle of the winter when the vegetables that are around are kinda blah.

This salad is sort of like a big ol’ fridge dump. I had celery on its way out that really had no home. I had tons of winter citrus from another shoot I was doing. And the butter beans are from a can, a reminder that summer is not that far away. Ugh. I’m enjoying not sweating.

This salad is light and filling and tart and crisp. It’s the best of all salad worlds.

This might be the last of my healthy recipes because in a few weeks The Super Bowl (that football game) is happening and you know what that’s all about…CHEESE! Lots and lots of cheese. And then Valentine’s Day will arrive. And then Christmas.

This year already feels like it’s moving at lightening speed. All I want it to do is stop. I want to suspend it in mid-air so I can enjoy a day or two without feeling like it’s slipping away from me.

Let’s commit to eating this salad sometime soon and just enjoying the day for what it is.

Celery Butter Bean and Pepita Salad w/ Winter Citrus | www.acozykitchen.com

Butter Bean Celery Pepita Salad w/ Winter Citrus

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 5 to 6 ribs of celery, sliced horizontally
  • 1 15-ounce can butter beans, drained and rinsed and then drained again
  • Handful of Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 grapefruit, segmented
  • 1 blood orange, segmented
  • 1/2 avocado, diced


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the juice from 1 lemon, olive oil, a few generous pinches of salt and pepper.
  • To a serving bowl, add the celery, butter beans, Italian parsley and pepiitas; pour the dressing on top and lightly toss until the dressing is distributed throughout. Give it a taste and adjust the salt (I added an additional 1/2 teaspoon). Lastly lightly fold in the grapefruit, blood orange segments and diced avocado and serve.
Serving: 4g
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  • Reply Jennifer Stewart January 27, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for a great winter salad recipe! Love to mix it up!!!

  • Reply Sahnzi January 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I LOVED this salad! Super refreshing and filling (a though combination to accomplish). I made it for dinner and the leftovers were great for lunch the next day! The citrus kept the avocado from oxidizing overnight. Definitely bringing this into heavy packed lunch rotation 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 22, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Oh yay!! Love this. So good to know that it holds overnight well.

  • Reply Loryn January 22, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I just love you, Adrianna. Thank you for being so rad.

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com January 17, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    A crunchy and colorful salad, what’s not to love 🙂

  • Reply Chrissy January 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I live in Chicago and have other friends that live in DC and we are constantly disappointed by the dating scene in each of our respective cities. The other day someone actually called me, ON THE PHONE, to ask me out and I realized that it was the first time that had actually occurred in…I can’t remember the last time. Sad, right? I hate it. Anyway, hope! Because yes, super bowl, valentines day and Christmas, but you also forgot St. Pat’s (beer), Easter (cake), July 4th (ice cream) and Thanksgiving (all the food). Happy Saturday!

  • Reply Celia Becker January 17, 2015 at 6:32 am

    That salad looks absolutely scrumptious! I can’t wait to make it.

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little January 17, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Single friends – UNITE!! I love the look of this salad!!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan January 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I feeeeel you on this. It’s just not worth always thinking there’s better/more out there (shiny ball syndrome), so I’m just going to stuff my face with this hella awesome salad!

  • Reply Kimberly | Chic & Sugar January 16, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Valentine’s Day, then Christmas. Ha ha! I just want to make it through this cold January here in NY. Love this salad, but I’m also looking forward to some cheese!

  • Reply krystal January 16, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Your recipes are just beyond amazing!! I truly love how light-hearted this blog is.. it puts a smile on my face and makes me eager to cook and try new things. Thank you for that!

  • Reply bev @ bevcooks January 16, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Ooooooo that looks gooooood. I love pepitas! Mostly just to say pepita.

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker January 16, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I read this somewhere before in papers I studied at University. As part of of relationship/love course, it is so interesting to see how dating has changed over the years from first and only partner forever to having 3 to 4 relationships before finding the one. I really enjoyed that part of Joy’s Link up too!

    This salad is everything I love about texture. Soft beans and avo, crunchy celery, juicy fruit and the light dressing is perfect 🙂