Have you noticed that Brussels sprouts are mostly served cooked? How about giving them a try raw in a salad? The result may surprise you.
Trader Joe’s now has bags of raw shaved Brussels sprouts in the produce section and I wanted to see if I could use these in a way that wouldn’t make my husband cringe. (If you can’t find pre-shaved Brussels sprouts, you can easily shred yours in a food processor.)
I created a shaved Brussels sprout and apple salad that is full of flavor. It is ready in under 10 minutes, which is perfect for a busy night.
Are you a Brussels sprout hater?
There are many people who hate Brussels sprouts… Mr. Fearless Dining is definitely included in this group. He is convinced he did something wrong and that I am punishing him every time I make them. His list of complaints is long. His biggest claim is that they stink up the house (my kids willingly jump in and agree.)
My problem is that I really do love these cooked up with lots of bacon.
I decided if my husband’s main complaint is the smell of Brussels sprouts cooking, I am going to use them in a salad and see if he still complains 🙂 .
I am going to let you decide. Please let me know if you are able to try this raw Brussels Sprout salad recipe out on a Brussels sprouts hater, and what they thought.
(*Please note, if you make this salad, let it sit after you toss the dressing on for about 20 minutes if you can. The sprouts really absorb the flavors and it makes the salad better.)
My husband’s verdict…the salad is definitely better than cooked Brussels sprouts, and he ate it. I think I need to keep working on him.
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How to make Brussels sprout salad:
- 1 package of shaved Brussels sprouts
- 1 large apple chopped
- 2 scallions chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dijon
- salt/pepper to taste
In a large bowl, add Brussels sprouts, apple, and scallions.
In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients.
Whisk to blend.
Pour dressing onto salad and toss to coat.
Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes before serving. Stir occasionally.
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