Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino and Apple Salad

This salad has so much going on, it actually feels kind of joyful.  Which is quite a thing to say about a dish made with brussels sprouts, I know, but it’s true.  

You can use grated Pecorino Romano, but I really like it shaved super thin, which you do can with a vegetable peeler.  No need to worry about the pieces being the same size, or breaking — all that that is part of the pleasure of this salad, where every mouthful feels a bit different from the one before and the one after.

Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino and Apple Salad

Slicing Apple For Salad

You can slice the apple any way you like, or cube it, but I like small very thin slices. To slice the apple, just cut two flat almost-halves from the apple, just on either side of the core.  Place the halves on a cutting board, slice them in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into thin slivers.  Cut the two remaining side chunks from the apple core, and slice them crosswise thinly as well.  You can also just cut the apple into quarters, core them, and then slice them crosswise.

I love Brussels sprouts prepared this way year-round. They work on for a fall or winter dinner, they work on a holiday table, they would be welcome at a picnic, they hold up beautifully on buffets, whatever the season.  You could play around with the fruit, both fresh and dried, changing things up with the time of year.  Pears would be good, peeled orange segments, grapes – if you are a fan of fruit in salad, this would be a good place to experiment.

Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino and Apple Salad

Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino and Apple Salad: This substantial salad is kind of joyful, with loads of different textures and flavors combining in every bite.

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Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino and Apple Salad

This substantial salad is kind of joyful, with loads of different textures and flavors combining in every bite.
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 1 green apple , cut into thin 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup very thinly shaved Pecorino Romano
  • ½ cup dried cranberries , cherries or chopped dried apricots
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large shallot , halved and thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  • Trim the bottoms from the brussels sprouts and slice them thinly using the slicing blade of a food processor, a sharp knife and cutting board, or a mandoline. Place them on a cutting board and give them a rough chop with a sharp knife.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts, apples, Pecorino Romano and dried fruit in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, or container, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, shallot and salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine well. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Notes

Originally published on NBC News/Better.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg

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