Wonderfully crunchy, satisfying Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is a perfect harmony of flavor and texture all doused in to-live-for bright and refreshing Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing!
This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe is one of my favorite salads to come out of my kitchen! This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad looks deceptively gourmet but is super simple to make and can be prepped ahead of time (except for the apples and pears), and unlike lettuce, the Brussels Sprouts keep exceptionally well for no hassle, stress free entertaining.
You guys, I am so in love with this Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad I’ve already made a spring version! It’s also my winter salad of choice to serve to over 100 ladies with scrupulous palates this year at a Christmas dinner party. So serve this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad for Thanksgiving, serve it for Christmas, or just serve it this week because I can guarantee you are going to fall in love!
This Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad has it all from the crunchy Brussels sprouts, sweet dried cranberries, crisp apples, refreshing pears, and crunchy bell peppers to the creamy feta, salty pumpkin seeds and a sweet and tangy dressing that’s destined to become one of your favorite go-to dressings. Now just imagine all that deliciousness – in one bite!
This Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is incredibly versatile – add bacon, add broccoli, swap out the pumpkin seeds for pecans, etc. – just make sure you have some sort of sweet component (sweet apple, pear craisins, etc.), a roasted salty seed/nut and the delectable Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing to marry it all together. And above all, don’t forget the Brussels sprouts.
I didn’t grow up on Brussels sprouts so I was kind of late to the fan party, but now they are one of my absolute favorite vegetables. For those of you who don’t think you like Brussels sprouts, it is possibly because you associate them with a sulfur flavor. The bitter sulfur flavor, however, only comes from overcooking Brussels sprouts. When they are raw or cooked to crisp-tender perfection – zero bitter sulfur taste! Instead, raw, shaved Brussels sprouts taste like mildly sweet raw cabbage – just with even more wonderful crunch – which makes perfect sense because Brussels sprouts are a miniature member of the cabbage family and my new favorite for salads! Because that CRUNCH!
You can prep the entire salad ahead of time, save the apples and pears, so its ready at a seconds notice, and leftovers are equally delicious. To shave my Brussels sprouts, I sliced them the old-fashioned way with a knife, but it takes seconds with a mandolin or your food processor fitted with the slicer blade.
But any way you slice it, this Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad will be the hero of your plate – come Thanksgiving, Christmas or all year round!
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