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Homemade Celery Salt Recipe Made with Kitchen Scraps

When you buy a bunch of celery, most people end up tossing the leaves in the trash or compost pile. Instead of wasting them, try making some homemade celery salt!

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Homemade Celery Salt Recipe Made with Kitchen Scraps

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Why make it homemade?

While celery salt is traditionally made with celery seed and salt, this recipe uses celery leaves. You still get the same flavorful, aromatic seasoning without having to buy an extra ingredient!

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Making celery salt from the celery leaves is a great way to use something that would otherwise end up in the trash. Plus there’s no single-use containers to toss in the trash.

celery leaves and stalk of celery

Check out the ingredients on the spice mixes from the grocery store. Many of them have extra ingredients you really don’t need or want in your food. Things like tricalcium phosphate, calcium stearate, and silicon dioxide are found in some brands of celery salt.

None of those nasty ingredients in this simple 2-ingredient recipe! It’s free from artificial ingredients & preservatives, sugar-free, and gluten free.

Not only is homemade healthier, but it’s also cheaper. A jar of celery salt costs about $3-$4 at the grocery store. Making it homemade is almost free, since the main ingredient is something you were going to throw out anyway.

How to make Homemade Celery Salt

It’s really very simple. No special ingredients to purchase for this recipe! All you need is:

  • 1 cup celery leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
celery leaves in bowl

One bunch of celery had just the right amount of leaves for this recipe, about 1 cup. So it’s the perfect way to use up the scraps from just one bunch of celery, since that’s how much most people buy at once.

It’s really simple to make too:

Spread celery leaves on a baking sheet.

celery leaves on cookie sheet

Roast at the lowest temperature setting on your oven for 20 minutes.

dried celery leaves on cookie sheet

Combine ingredients and grind in a spice grinder, food processor, or with a mortar and pestle. Then store the mix in an air tight container.

celery salt in white bowl

Now what do you do with your homemade celery salt?

Celery salt packs such a great flavor punch and it works perfectly in all kinds of American dishes. Some of the most common:

  • Celery salt is a classic ingredient in Bloody Mary cocktails
  • Chicago-style hot dogs get a punch of flavor from celery salt, too
  • Works great in mayo-based salads like egg salad, potato salad, coleslaw, or my favorite – tuna salad
  • Common ingredient in lots of dry rubs and spice blends

You can sprinkle it on all kinds of things you would normally eat with a sprinkle of plain salt, like:

  • french fries
  • popcorn
  • hard boiled eggs
  • corn on the cob

The options are endless!

Now that you know how easy, cheap, and healthy it is to make your own homemade celery salt, you have no excuse not to!

Homemade Celery Salt

Celery Salt

Make an easy homemade celery salt from kitchen scraps! Perfect for everything from chicken salad to a Bloody Mary.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course seasoning
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup celery leaves loosely packed
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Spread celery leaves on parchment lined baking sheet
  • Roast at lowest temperature for 20 minutes
  • Combine with salt
  • Grind in spice grinder, food processor, or mortar and pestle
Keyword celery salt, homemade celery salt, homemade spice mix

What’s your favorite way to use homemade celery salt? Leave me a comment below!

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