This Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad is a bright, crunchy, delicious way to eat your fruits and vegetables. This flavorful Autumn Salad is a fast favorite.
I have been talking about exercise, so it only follows that this post should be about a salad, right? I completely agree with Jenny (and her friend Lia) that when it comes to being healthy, eating a salad every day is a good step in the right direction. But really, I’m not eating this salad for any reason other than its delicious crunchy taste, never mind all that exercise talk. Healthy vegetables and fruit are just a nice bonus in this salad.
Another recent bonus – I accidentally survived my birthday this year. Birthdays as a single parent, at least for me, are rough and I look forward to them even less than laundry day. But this year I managed somehow to forget about it. I completely forgot my birthday was even happening. I have been busier than normal, my work load has been enormous, the kids had spring break, we were traveling for the first part of this month, and in all that my birthday got pushed to a dark corner.
So, when Sunday rolled around, promising to be nothing other than an ordinary day of church, I was surprised to realize it was in fact my 33rd birthday.
Though some of my recent birthdays have been difficult, this one was surprisingly pleasant. After the ordinary day at church I had been expecting, some of the people who love me made the day pretty special, which I hadn’t expected at all – complete with Strawberry Short Cakes, and you know how strawberries can brighten a day. Crisis averted.
And really, my birthday last year was pretty nice too . . . so maybe I have stumbled onto some sort of streak. It’s only a few days in, but I’m feeling really good about 33.
This apple salad is pretty, with the fresh greens and bright apples. And it’s tasty, which is why I am sharing it here. I have adapted it from The Pollan Family Table, which is a cookbook I am enjoying so much (a proper review is coming soon). Slice those Brussels Sprouts as thin as you can – whisper thin is what it says in the original recipe. It also helps to have a really good apple – the kind that is crispy, juicy, and sweet enough to make you want to mention it aloud.
- 1 pound Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and very thinly sliced (a mandoline works too)
- 1 large gala apple with peel, cut into 1 inch long julienne
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup shaved Pecorino Romano cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- In a glass jar with a lid (I always use a small mason jar) combine all of the dressing ingredients. Close jar tightly and shake vigorously.
- In a large salad bowl, toss together the sliced Brussels Sprouts, apple pieces, and almonds. Add the dressing and toss gently until well coated. Top with Pecorino Romano and freshly ground pepper. Enjoy right away!