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Warm Brussels sprouts, almond and goat cheese salad with maple mustard dressing {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Warm Brussels sprouts salad with almonds and goat cheese. #Thanksgiving #vegetarian #glutenfree

I'd forgotten how much my husband Ted loves Brussels sprouts until I watched him devour a bowl of this salad for lunch the other day. I don't love them quite as much, but I could bathe in the warm maple syrup and mustard dressing that gives these particular Brussels sprouts their sweet, tangy character. Country-style grainy Dijon, speckled with whole mustard seeds, adds texture to the dressing, which is made right in the pan with the vegetables. For a holiday meal, do your prep ahead of time, and cook the sprouts at the last minute. The heat of the sprouts will melt the cheese just a little bit. If you don't like goat cheese, use feta, or omit cheese for a vegan salad. Substitute cashews or pecans for the almonds. You'll want to serve this salad warm -- not hot, and definitely not cold. It's perfect for the holiday table, yet quick and easy enough for an everyday side dish with chicken, fish, or steak.

Warm Brussels sprouts, almond and goat cheese salad with maple mustard dressing. #Thanksgiving #vegetarian #glutenfree

Warm Brussels sprouts, almond and goat cheese salad with maple mustard dressing

From the pantry, you'll need: maple syrup, Dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil, onion, goat cheese, almonds, kosher salt, fresh black pepper.

Serves 4; can be multiplied.


1/4 cup whole almonds
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb Brussels sprouts, ends and outer leaves trimmed, cut in quarters lengthwise through the root
1 small onion, diced
1 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard (country style, with seeds)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
1 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled


In a large, dry, nonstick frying pan, heat the almonds over low heat for 3-4 minutes, until warmed through but not burned. Remove to a bowl and set aside.

Pour the oil into the pan, and heat for 20 seconds. Add the Brussels sprouts and onion, and toss to coat with the oil. Cook, shaking the pan frequently, for 5 minutes. If your sprouts are large and still not cooked through, add 1 tablespoon of water and immediately cover the pan. Let them steam for 1 minute. Remove the cover, and shake again to make sure no sprouts are sticking to the pan.

In a small bowl, quickly stir together the maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper. Add this to the Brussels sprouts along with the almonds. Use a rubber spatula to stir everything together.

Transfer to a serving dish, and dot here and there with goat cheese crumbles, which will soften from the heat of the Brussels sprouts and get a little bit melty.

Serve warm.

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I love brussels sprouts so I'm pretty sure I'd like this as much as Ted does!

This dish looks wonderful to me! I'm so glad that I finally learned to love Brussels sprouts a few years ago!


I love brussel sprouts, too, and have gotten my husband in to them. Thanks.

Kalyn, I love the warm mustard dressing in this dish. I'll bet you will, too.

Shirley, like you, I didn't always like Brussels sprouts, but I'm coming around!

Can-Can, try this recipe on your husband. I hope he will like it as much as mine did.

I made this tonight, as a test run for the big day -- a winner! We had some raw tomato wedges to scoop up a dressing from the dish, a good flavor too. Just realized I left out the cheese (which would have been feta). Excellent without, and I'm sure even better with.

I puffy heart Brussels Sprouts! Looking forward to trying this recipe. :-)

Susan, the feta will be a great addition, but not (as you found out) totally necessary. It's the grainy mustard that provides the magic.

Love it with the feta! Last night we had it again, for a group, and I was charmed with the positive attitude to brussels sprouts. How times have changed.
This recipe is a real keeper.

Are the whole almonds raw or already roasted?

Joanna, use whichever you've got. If you have raw ones, be sure to toast them.

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