Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Mess Level: Low
Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: None
- 8 Large Brussel Sprouts
- ¼ Cup plus 1 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries
- ¼ Cup sliced Almonds
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- ¼-½ Cup Grapeseed or Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Spicy or Dijon Mustard
- 3 Tablespoons Red-Wine Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cracked Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- Wash the Brussel sprouts and discard any brown outer leaves.
- Using a very sharp knife, cut the bottoms off all the Brussel sprouts and set them on the flat surface you just made.
- Then cut them in half and then lay them all on the new flat surface (see pictures below for a visual guide).
- Thinly slice the Brussels and use your fingers to break up the pieces. Gather any leaves that fell off during the slicing process, stack them and slice them as well.
- In the blender, add 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries, the honey, mustard, vinegar, and spices. Turn the blender on low speed and slowly drizzle in the oil until the dressing is emulsified and the texture that you want. Taste it and adjust with more acid, spices or oil as necessary.
- Mix the salad with the cranberries and almonds and toss well with the dressing to coat. Garnish with additional almonds and cranberries if desired. Enjoy!
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What is Emulsified?
- Pretty much magic!
Two liquids that would normally separate becoming one.
Aren’t sharp knives more dangerous?
- Stay sharp, don't get cut!
A sharp knife is a safe knife. A dull knife is more likely to slip off the object you’re cutting and get you. If you cut yourself with a dull knife, the cut will be more jagged take longer for a Dr to stitch up than a sharp knife. And if you want to hone your knife skills click on the link below.
What's the benefit of eating Brussel sprouts raw?
- They're good and good for you!
Cooking them leaches out some of their nutrients. Not to say you shouldn’t cook them, they’re delicious and still good for you but eating them raw gives you a little more bang for your buck.
Ramblings of a Line Cook
In 23 years I’ve never known a single person who has looked me in the eye and declared their love of raw Brussel sprouts. It’s not a thing. You might appreciate Brussels when they’re roasted and caramelized and tossed with bacon (who wouldn’t?) or when they’re tossed in a sweet, sticky balsamic glaze. But raw Brussel sprouts are a strange beast and much like cabbage, I find them hard to get down.
So I took my handy-dandy chef’s knife to them and shaved them up as finely as I could manage. This is my new solution to things. When you don’t like it, turn it into something else. Shaving the Brussels allows you to have a pleasantly, small and chewable bite of Brussels instead of a honking piece that gives your jaw a workout.
Once I had my pile of shaved Brussels I took it a step further and tossed them with some cranberries and almonds. I wanted to use walnuts but I had accidentally eaten them with a bowl of chocolate chips earlier (oops). No matter, we carry on with what we have. Next, I tossed a few dried cranberries into the blender with a little mustard, vinegar, honey and spices, drizzled in some oil while the blender emulsified everything and voila! I have suddenly transformed the most boring vegetable into a $12 salad with a creamy, tart dressing that you would eat with a tiny fork at a grandiose restaurant. The other bonus to this is that much like cabbage, Brussels keep on going! It doesn’t take many to feed several people. Next time you’re bored with romaine and need a boost, try this delicious shaved Brussels salad. You won’t regret it!!