Brussels Sprout Salad



Brussels Sprouts seem to get a mixed review when you hear their name.  Some love them and some don't and infact I wasn't really a big fan of them until just recently. I didn't grow up eating brussel sprouts.  We ate lots of Cauliflower and Broccoli, but I hadn't even heard of brussels sprouts until my 20's when I was introduced to Martha Stewart.  No, I didn't meet her, but in the 90's she was the hottest cookbook author, magazine owner, and TV chef here in North America.  This was before her show was on CBS and you could find her on PBS.  Food Network wouldn't launch until a year later.  Around that time, I went on a date to a fancy restaurant and brussels sprouts were the featured vegetable on the plate I had ordered.  I have to admit I too wasn't a fan because they seemed kind of bitter.  I gaged them down because I didn't want my date to think I was a picky eater, but about 2 years ago they appeared in a mix bag of salad I had bought at Costco and I changed my mind on how I felt about them.  They are actually pretty good.  I also keep meaning to try them with bacon as I hear they are really delicious cooked that way, but with little kids who are picky eaters I usually venture towards the vegetables I know they will eat.  Anyway, the other day I was really craving a salad and that is one thing that is hard to get here is a good salad.  It is actually really hard for me to go to restaurants here in Germany because most are really not kid friendly.  People don't really eat out a lot here in Germany, and when they do go out it is usually not with their children except for McDonald's and a handful of other fast food restaurants.  Wish they had a Panera here, but even if they did it would be ages before it made its way to our little town.  I have no choice, but to make my own.  

This recipe serves 4
2 cups of shredded brussels sprouts.  I use a mandolin and only shave until I reach the harder inner leaves.  I put those in the compost pile.
3 mandarin oranges peeled and segmented
1/3 cup of pistachios chopped
1/2 cup of  diced red onion
1/2 cup of pomegranate
1/4 cup of olive oil
3 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon of dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste.

Combine sprouts, pistaschios, onion, pomegranate, mandarin oranges in a bowl then in another bowl combine olive oil, mustard, and balsamic vinegar with salt and pepper whisking until emulsified.  Pour dressing over salad shortly before serving.  Enjoy!

Comments

Pea bea said…
I have always loved Brussel sprouts but most have made a face when I mention. My daughter just recently told me she now eats them, but when at home she wouldn't even try them. This sounds great...I wrote it town to try. Thanks so much for the recipe. :)

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DUTA said…
McDonalds is not only kids friendly; it has become also seniors friendly. One sees a lot of elderly people gathering there both for social interaction and for a coffee/ salad treat. It has happened, among other things, after research in my country gave their food high points for hygiene and taste.
I like this generation encounter - noise of active kids along with low energetic retirees.
Sharon Wagner said…
I saved this one. Yum! I've never seen brussel sprouts in a salad.
A Casa Madeira said…
Adorei.
Bom final de semana.
janicce.
Jeanie said…
Brussels sprouts are one of my late-in-life rediscoveries (after my mom sort of murdered them by drowning them in cheez-whiz as a kid). Now Rick grows them (and boy, does he get a LOT) so I'm always looking for good ways to use them. Thanks for this!

Thanks, too, for your visit and comment on my Marmelade Gypsy post. I love it when you stop by (especially at this crazy time of year!)
Pam Jackson said…
I love roasted or steamed brussel sprouts....love but they can stink up a house! haha.....I will have to try this. Sounds great.
NatureFootstep said…
I used to eat sprouts long ago, but as a single houshold it was difficult. It just got spoiled :(
Stacey said…
I love fresh brussel sprouts when they are roasted. Yummy!

Thanks for leaving a sweet comment at Poofing the Pillows. :)
I buy those salad kits pretty often -- for just two people it really makes sense (no waste) ... and I like the ones with brussel sprout leaves. We like them cooked too (again for just the two of us -- I don't think I ever served them when I was cooking for kids).... I chop them fine and stir fry with garlic and a little bit of balsamic vinegar at the end. Or roast them whole or halved. Yummy either way.

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