Simple Brussel Sprout Salad
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Who remembers eating Brussel Sprouts as a kid? They weren’t good were they? Before I discovered the true wonders of the Brussel Sprout I honestly just thought they were not a great tasting vegetable. Turns out that’s not the case at all, there apparently was just a worldwide pandemic on overcooking Brussel Sprouts in the 80s and 90s! Well, this Simple Brussel Sprout Salad will completely change your perspective on this beautiful vegetable

The secret to a great Brussel Sprout is not overcooking them. That was always the issue with those Sprouts back in the day. They were baked or boiled into oblivion and it just left a very bitter taste. Cooking them for less time, or in this case, serving them raw retains all their beautiful natural flavors

Best way to prepare the Brussel Sprouts

Our Simple Brussel Sprout Salad requires that you shave the Sprouts into thin, preferably long strands. You want them to still retain some of their structure. Shredding them too finely will create almost a grain like texture which isn’t what you really want in a salad. So, the best way to prepare these Brussel Sprouts is either very quickly blitz them in a food processor, or you can finely cut them with a sharp knife

We went for the knife approach in these photos and they turned out great. The secret to this salad is it needs to be light and crunchy. A salad perfect for a warmer afternoon where you don’t want something heavy to eat. Alternatively, it is a great side salad to serve with heavier dishes such as our Roast Chicken recipe. It gives a fantastic contrast to a heavier dish with the acidity of the Lemon really cutting through

Finally, the dressing we’ve made for this dish has quite a bit of garlic but trust us! It may seem quite intense as you’re preparing it, but the Garlic works some absolute magic with the Brussel Sprouts and Almonds in this dish. It’s fantastic!

Simple Brussel Sprout Salad close up
A Simple Brussel Sprout Salad topped with crunchy Almonds. Delicious!

Recipe Details

Servings

2 – 4 people

Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

NA

Total time

Simple Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Brussel Sprouts
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Instructions

  1. Begin by preparing your Brussel Sprouts. Cut off the very end of the stem (the exposed part) then wash the Sprouts with cold water
  2. Cut the Brussel Sprouts finely either with a sharp knife or a very quick blitz in the food processor. We want to cut the Brussel Sprouts so they are quite fine, however have still retained their texture and a bit of size. So, best to cut them lengthways only
  3. Prepare the dressing by combining the Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Garlic, and Salt into a salad bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine all of the ingredients. Check for seasoning and adjust to your preferred taste
  4. While the dressing may seem a little bit heavy on the garlic side, don’t worry! It’ll balance itself out perfectly when everything is combined
  5. Combine the Shredded Brussel Sprouts with the dressing and mix thoroughly to ensure everything is well coated
  6. In a separate saucepan melt the butter over medium / high heat then add the Almonds. Toast in the pan for about 30 seconds then pour over the top of the Salad
  7. Mix the Almonds and butter mixture into the salad then serve immediately

This is such a fun salad to prepare, and we guarantee you it will completely change any naysayers opinions on what Brussel Sprouts can taste like. The absence of loads of Butter, Bacon, or cheese also means this is a very healthy salad to enjoy

Happy Cooking!

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