This salad has been served at the Erie Beach Hotel in Port Dover as long as I can remember. It’s a jellied salad, which is something you don’t see that often any more and it’s quite unique. Most people know the Erie Beach as the place to go for Lake Erie perch and celery bread, but if you visit The Cove Room which is the lower level more formal dining room, you’ll have a salad cart brought right to your table. Everyone has a favourite from their selection of classic and retro sides. This one is mine.
If you live anywhere in Norfolk County it’s likely you know what Celery Bread is. There’s no celery in this bread thankfully. It’s chunks of bread brushed with melted butter and celery seeds, then roasted until golden brown. The recipe originated at the Erie Beach Hotel in Port Dover and is a favourite with locals. It’s a must if you’re having a fish fry.