Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Brussels Sprouts Salad

I feel like I always add fruit, nuts and cheese to salads. Look! It's another salad with fruit, nuts and cheese! Surprise!

But really, that's the salad that I like. So here it is again, with Brussels sprouts this time. Yep, you can eat them raw. Who knew? Okay, I'm surprised.

4 to 6 servings
30 minutes prep time

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dried Cranberries Hazelnuts and Cheese
Make the Vinaigrette:
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice (the juice of 2 medium lemons)
2 teaspoons honey
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/3 cup hazelnut or walnut oil
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all the above ingredients in a small bowl and whisk, or put them in a jam jar, seal, and shake until well blended.

Make the Salad:
1/2 cup hazelnuts
200 grams (scant 1/2 pound) Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 or 3 clementines or mandarin oranges
1/2 cup coarsely grated or finely shaved Parmesan cheese

Toast the hazelnuts in a dry skillet, stirring frequently until they turn a little darker in spots. Put them out onto a plate to cool.

Meanwhile, wash trim and shred the Brussels sprouts as finely as you can and put them in a salad bowl. Add the dried cranberries. Peel the oranges, and divide them into segments. Cut the segments in half and add them to the salad. Chop the nuts roughly and add them to the salad.

Toss the salad with the dressing, then sprinkle the cheese over and mix it in gently.

Last year at this time I made Finnish Nisa (Pulla) and German Stollen.


Marnie said...

Looks yummy but those nuts are still cooling on the plate ... did you eat them all before they made it into the salad? ;)

Ferdzy said...

Oh phoooey. Thanks; I will fix that.

Marnie said...

Even better now! Hope you have a good holiday and thanks for all the wonderful blogging.

Ferdzy said...

Same to you, Marnie. If you are heading up this way for the holidays, it looks like the roads should be pretty good! Here's hoping.

Marnie said...

Yes, I'll be going to Owen Sound. A trace of snow would be pleasant (there's not a speck in Toronto at this point) but I don't need any more than that.

Ferdzy said...

Well that's a definite maybe. We HAD some... but not for the last week or so. I think it's supposed to snow a little on Christmas day.

Marnie said...

Remember when a green Christmas was a nearly unheard-of thing? Sigh.