So I have a confession to make. Those oft-hated on brussels sprouts that everyone likes to make revolted faces at and hide in their socks? I kinda love ’em. Like really really love them. Roasted, sauteed (with bacon, of course), and even plain, I’ll take them any which way. So imagine my delight upon seeing blog post after blog post about shaved brussels sprout salads – I knew I had to try it, and try it soon. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. It’s crunchy and tangy, with just the right hint of spicy.
Although there are a ton of awesome recipes out on the Web, I went with this one from Food 52, with a few small adaptations. And because sharing is caring, here you go!
Image and bulk of the recipe courtesy of Food 52 (with a few minor changes from me.)
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Parmesan
1/2 small red onion
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp honey
1 tsp whole grain mustard
3 cups shaved Brussels sprouts (I went the lazy route and used the pre-bagged shaved brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s – otherwise, you’ll have to become good friends with your mandoline and shave those little suckers by hand.)
1/2 cup Parmesan shavings (again, feel free to do this by hand, or if you’re like me, head over to your grocer for already shaved Parm)
- Soak the onion slices in a small bowl of cold water for 15 to 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, honey, mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. Set aside.
- Put the sprouts in a serving bowl and toss gently with the onions (which you’ve now drained) and the dressing. Fold in the pecorino, taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately, before it starts to wilt!
Voila! A fresh, delicious and healthy salad perfect for spring! I paired this with my favorite slow-cooker pork tenderloin recipe which really made making dinner for the night a 10-minute process – who could ask for more? Well maybe an ice-cold glass of white wine. A girl doesn’t need much to be happy, now does she?