Crisp and Crunchy Shaved Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad with Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette
We're putting a delicious spin on a classic salad by creating a shaved brussels sprout and apple salad that's healthy and bursting with vibrant colors and textures. This dish showcases crispness, crunchiness, and the harmonious marriage of Brussels sprouts and apples. It's topped with a creamy, lemony dressing that melds all the flavors together in the best way. Let's dive in!
Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad
1 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned and trimmed
2 medium-sized apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties works well)
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
2 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
Prepare the Brussels Sprouts: Begin by washing and trimming the Brussels sprouts. Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, thinly shave the Brussels sprouts into a large mixing bowl. The fine shreds will add a delightful texture to the salad.
Slice the Apples: Core and julienne the apples. You can leave the skin on for added color and nutritional value. If you're not serving the salad immediately, toss the apple slices with a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.
Prepare the Dressing: In a blender, combine the lemon juice, mustard, and vinegars salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in the oil to emulsify and create a creamy texture.
Assemble the Salad: Combine the shaved Brussels sprouts, sliced apples, almonds, and dried cranberries mixing bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to ensure an even coating.
Serve and Enjoy: Transfer the salad to a serving platter or individual plates. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese, if desired. This salad is perfect as a light lunch, a side dish for dinner, or a refreshing addition to any potluck or gathering.
Tips and Variations: For added protein, consider adding grilled chicken or roasted chickpeas to make this salad a complete meal.
Experiment with different apple varieties to find your preferred flavor profile.
Feel free to customize the dressing by adding a touch of honey for sweetness or a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat.
There you have it – a Shaved Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad that's adapted from Jeanie Roland's recipe in her Butter Love & Cream cookbook and customized to suit your taste buds. Enjoy the delightful textures and flavors in every forkful of this crisp and crunchy salad!