July 3, 2013

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad



Okay, I know what many of you may be thinking already ... 'Brussels sprouts in a salad?  Really, in a salad??'

Oh, yes ... in a salad.  And this Brussels Sprouts Salad is sooooo good.  It's one of our absolute favorites, and we have it at least once a week or so.  Yes, it's that good.

The recipe that inspired this salad creation is from the cookbook Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients by the editors of Whole Living Magazine.  My best friend gave me this fabulous cookbook for Christmas {or my birthday, maybe?} one year.

And being the really sweet-and-cute friend that she is, she stuck little sticky notes with notes from her on some of the recipes so I'd find them as I read it.  It was like finding little presents inside my present as I went along!  So fun.  {Sidenote:  I read cookbooks like most people read novels ... cover-to-cover, straight through, without missing a word.  So my friend knew there was for sure no way I'd miss one of her notes!}

When I reached the recipe for Power Foods' Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad, there was a little sticky note from my friend that said 'Favorite!'  So, of course, I had to give it a try.

I did change up the recipe quite a bit, though.  Okay, quite a lot.  While I did love the original, I jazzed it up with some additions ...

Like crumbled bacon and dried cranberries.  Mmmm.
 

And then I changed the proportions of the dressing to bring forward a different flavor.  I wanted maple to be the predominant flavor ... and adjusted the dressing to make that happen.

The fabulous combination of fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and whole-grain mustard in this salad's dressing is amazing ... and completely takes away any of the 'harsh' flavor raw Brussels sprouts or kale can have.  Gone.  Completely.


Now when I first saw this recipe, I was thinking like many of you probably are ... 'Really, raw Brussels sprouts in a salad??'

But, seriously ... try it.  It may just become one of your favorites, too!

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad


Ingredients
  • 12 to 16 oz. fresh Brussels Sprouts, very thinly sliced (about 4 to 5 cups)
  • 2 large kale leaves, ribs removed, and finely chopped (about 2 to 3 c.)
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 T. whole-grain mustard
  • Pinch salt
Directions
  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the sliced Brussels sprouts, chopped kale, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and crumbled bacon. Toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Whisk with a fork until well mixed.
  3. Pour the dressing over the Brussels sprouts mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Notes:
- I recommend using fresh lemon juice and pure maple syrup in the dressing for the best flavor, without substitution.
- If preparing this salad in advance, keep the Brussels sprouts mixture and the dressing in separate bowls until serving time.  Dress the salad just prior to serving.
- I've also made this with dried blueberries instead of dried cranberries ... and the blueberries were yummy, too.
- I tried making the dressing with honey instead of maple syrup (since we're beekeepers!) ... while the honey version was good, it's better with maple syrup.
- Experiment with different add-ins to adjust the flavors to your liking ... I sure did, and have found some fabulous different ways to enjoy this wonderful salad.

Enjoy!

13 comments:

  1. Oooo this sounds yummy! I'm not afraid of brussel sprouts, I love them, and this looks like a great combo of flavours! Thanks for sharing! Found you via Thursdays Treasures linky!

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  2. this looks very good and am kind of anxious to try it. My husband and I both love brussel sprouts. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I adore brussels sprouts salads and in looking at your ingredients, this is a major winner, bacon and sunflower seeds and kale. It would be gone in minutes around here.

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  4. I'm really intrigued by this. I will definitely be trying it this week. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This looks really good. And I don't even really like brussels sprouts. But it's been a LONG time since I ate them so maybe I should give them a try again. Pinning this and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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  6. I had to look because I LOVE brussels sprouts! What a unique twist on a salad. This will be something I have to try soon!! (Maybe even try to get it worked into a school lunch recipe in this upcoming year...)

    Debilee @ That Crafty Lunch Lady

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  7. This looks delicious! I wonder if I could make it and not tell my family that it's brussels sprouts? :)
    I'll be featuring you tomorrow at my Pity Party. Thanks for linking up!

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  8. This looks so delicious! I really need to try it :)
    Thanks so much for coming to the party!

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  9. I absolutely love Brussels sprouts salads. This is so pretty! Love the idea of dried blueberries.

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  10. Loos yummy. So you don't cook the Brussels sprouts are raw?

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    1. You got it, Judy! The Brussels sprouts are raw ... and so yummy. Enjoy!

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  11. Good morning! I wanted to let you know I included this recipe in a cranberry roundup post on Chicago Jogger. You recently submitted this recipe for the roundup. Check it out here: http://www.chicagojogger.com/2014/11/cranberry-recipe-roundup-healthy.html

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