A couple of years ago, I wouldn't have been caught in the same room with raw Brussels sprouts, let alone encourage you to make a salad with them, but here I am. With practice and determination, I've become a Brussels sprouts believer.
Roasted or sauteéd, sprouts become soft and sweet. Raw, the sprouts keep their crunch. Mustard in the vinaigrette dressing helps to tenderize them a bit, without turning them to rubber. In the past, I've combined Brussels sprouts with bacon (always a winning combination), and with blueberries, but for the colors of the season, I love these raw shaved Brussels sprouts dotted with bright red dried cranberries. Feta adds tang, though you can omit it for a vegan side dish. This salad would be a perfect addition to any holiday table.
Raw shaved Brussels sprouts with dried cranberries, feta and pine nuts
From the pantry, you'll need: dried cranberries, feta cheese, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, agave nectar, kosher salt, fresh black pepper.
Serves 6-8 as a side salad.
12 oz Brussels sprouts, stem end trimmed off
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
All-purpose agave-balsamic vinaigrette, or your favorite vinaigrette salad dressing
In a food processor fitted with a slicing blade, shred the Brussels sprouts. Place them into a large mixing bowl, with the dried cranberries. Toss with enough balsamic vinaigrette to moisten all of the sprouts without drowning them, and set aside.
In a small, dry frying pan, toast the pine nuts until they are just beginning to brown and give off a pleasing aroma (2 minutes or so). Remove from the heat, and set aside.
Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl, and drizzle on additional dressing if needed. Top with feta cheese and, finally, with the toasted pine nuts.
Toss everything together right before serving at room temperature.
More Brussels sprouts salads, warm and chilled:
Warm Brussels sprouts, almond and goat cheese salad with maple mustard dressing, from The Perfect Pantry
Shredded kale and Brussels sprouts salad with lemon dressing, from Just a Taste
Brussels sprout and sunchoke salad, from Love and Lemons
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