Happy holidays! I wanted to make a salad this season made with a seasonal veggie that I have fallen in love with, Brussels sprouts! Now typically I half them and then roast with oil, salt and pepper, or saute a shredded version, but this time I wanted to try them raw.

 

Brussels Sprout Salad with Dried Cherries 1

The Salad

Buy pre-shredded sprouts, or slice whole sprouts like I did. Simply cut off the dried out end, cut in half to give yourself a stable cutting surface, then slice the halves into thin pieces. Next, dice up the tart Granny Smith apples. I left the skin on my apples for added color and fiber!

 

Brussels Sprout Salad with Dried Cherries 2

The Dressing

Using a micro-plane, remove all of the yellow zest, then slice in half and squeeze all of the juice into a small bowl. Drizzle in the avocado oil, salt and pepper. Whisk together! I purchased avocado oil specifically for this recipe and ended up really enjoying the flavor. I recommend including a variety of different plant oils in your diet, as they all offer different benefits. The avocado oil combines with the fresh lemon juice really well and creates a creamy refreshing dressing!

Brussels Sprout Salad with Dried Cherries 3

Bring It All Together

In a large bowl add the shredded Brussels sprouts, dried cherries and pecan halves, toss together. Last, pour the dressing over top and toss to coat. Enjoy now or later!

 

 

Brussels Sprout Salad

by Caitilin Perez, RDN

12 SERVINGS

 

INGREDIENTS

4c Brussels sprouts, shredded or sliced thinly

1 c. dried cherries

1 c fresh Granny Smith apple, diced (about 1 medium apple)

1 c pecan halves

3 tbsp. avocado oil

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of one lemon juice

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Dice apple and thinly slice brussel sprouts.
  2. Zest lemon, then slice in half and juice.
  3. Whisk lemon juice, avocado oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  4. In a large bowl add brussel sprouts, cherries and pecans, toss together.
  5. Toss dressing with salad and enjoy!

 

NOURISHING NUTRITION (per serving)

Calories: 156

Fat (g): 10

Sodium (mg): 200

Protein (g): 3

Carbs (g): 15