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Celery salt

Celery salt is a seasoned salt used as a food seasoning, made from ground seeds, which may come from celery[1] or its relative lovage.[2] It is also sometimes produced using dried celery or seed oleoresin.[3][4]


Celery salt normally contains an anticaking agent such as silicon dioxide[1] or calcium silicate.[2]

Some brands of celery salt are very high in the preservative sodium nitrate.[citation needed] When added to foods, sodium nitrate forms small amounts of nitrosamines, a family of possible human carcinogens.[5] As a vegetable, celery seeds have potassium as the dominant ion over sodium (ninefold more).[6]


Celery salt is an ingredient of the Bloody Mary cocktail and the Caesar cocktail.[7] It is also an ingredient in KFC's secret spice mix.[8] It is also commonly used to season the Chicago-style hot dog, the New York System wiener, salads, coleslaw and stews. It is a primary ingredient in Old Bay brand seasoning.[9]

Celery salt is often used by food producers to prevent spoilage while avoiding listing sodium nitrate on the ingredients list directly.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "Celery Salt - Herbs & Spices - Schwartz UK".
  2. ^ a b "CELERY - Bart Ingredients - Not all ingredients are equal".
  3. ^ Culinary Herbs - Ernest Small. p. 177.
  4. ^ Coffee and Tea Industries and the Flavor Field . 1914. p. 270.
  5. ^ "Research Newsletter". 1 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Food Composition Databases Show Foods -- Spices, celery seed". Archived from the original on 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  7. ^ "Celery Salt - Buy Celery Salt Online".
  8. ^ "The Colonel's original KFC chicken recipe found in scrapbook". 4 January 2017 – via
  9. ^ List of ingredients provided at:
  10. ^ "Are the Health Concerns About Nitrates Overblown?".