This shaved Brussels sprout and fresh apricot salad is a beautiful salad that even those “non-Brussels sprout people” will enjoy.
If you doubt me, just ask Mr. Fearless Dining. He HATES Brussels sprouts, but will eat this salad without a single eye roll!
Have you recovered from National Donut Day? I must say, after all of the delicious gluten-free donuts I made last week, I am ready for some healthy recipes like these Paleo Ground Pork Lettuce Wraps or this Salmon with Papaya-Mango Salsa.
Now I know you, my readers, love the sweet gluten-free recipes, stats don’t lie :-). I hope you can bear with me this week because I really need to get all of that sugar out of my system. Maybe this Brussels sprout salad will help me feel better.
Do you have Brussels sprout haters in your family? Brussels sprouts look like mini cabbage heads. I am the only one who will eat them in our family…and I love them. They are deliciously cooked or in salads. (You can even cook them for an awesome side dish like this Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pastrami!)
Brussels sprouts are full of vitamin C, A, and K and they have so many health benefits. I like the fact that they have a lot of anti-inflammatory properties!
It is easy to learn how to eat Brussel sprouts. If in doubt, add bacon!
Now I am not expecting a miracle, I know my kids won’t touch this salad with a ten-foot pole. If a veggie isn’t slathered in ranch dressing, my kids won’t entertain the idea of eating it.
The real test is to see if Mr. Fearless Dining, aka Brussel sprout hater extraordinaire, will eat them.
Fun ingredients to add to your salad and substitution ideas:
There are so many ingredients that you could try in this salad to change it up! Here are a few of my favorite substitutions:
- Sprinkle feta cheese on top of the salad.
- Pecans or pumpkin seeds would add a delicious crunch to this salad.
- If you don’t have fresh apricots, substitute chopped apple, or fresh raspberries.
- If straight Brussels sprouts are too much for your family, make a 50-50 split with Brussels sprouts and lettuce.
- You can make a hearty meal out of this easy Brussels sprout salad by adding cooked shrimp or chicken to this salad.
- If it is fall, add some dried cranberries to your salad.
How to make shaved Brussels sprouts:
There are lots of ways to get shaved Brussels sprouts. Don’t slice them with a knife! The risk of cutting yourself is pretty high. Instead, try:
- Use a food processor, so you can easily shred your Brussels sprouts easily for this quick salad recipe.
- You can also use a vegetable mandolin slicer. Just make sure you use the little handle so you don’t cut yourself.
- Or even better, pick up a bag of pre-shaved Brussels sprouts at your grocery store. Trader Joe’s has them, as do many other markets.
This recipe is paleo, whole 30, vegan, and gluten-free!
How to make a Brussels sprout salad:
Easy Brussels sprout and fresh apricot salad.
- 1 package shaved Brussels sprouts (If you can't find them shaved put 20-25 Brussels sprouts into a food processor.)
- 3 fresh apricots sliced
- 3 scallions choppd
- sprouts I used a package from Trader Joe's
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 fresh garlic clove minced
- salt/pepper to taste
- In a large salad bowl, add all vegetables and apricots.
- In a small bowl, add we ingredients and mix well.
- Toss dressing into Brussels mixture and allow to sit for 5 minutes so they absorb the flavors.
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