Okay…so if you are at all like me, you have been snowed in, and eating nothing but scones from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and cookies dipped in milk chocolate and covered with toasted hazelnuts. Now that we have mostly survived the blizzard, it’s time for me to cut myself off. So, here is a refreshing, healthy, recipe, for Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Apple, and Cranberry Salad. The salad is guaranteed to help you clean up your act…as long as you don’t make another batch of cookies 🙂
This salad is very close in relation to my Apple and Cranberry Salad, the one major difference is the shaved Brussels sprouts instead of the arugula. The shaved Brussels sprouts pair incredibly well with the apples, cranberries, Maple Roasted Pecans, and the Dijon Apple Cider Vinaigrette. The salad is easy to throw together and a definite crowd pleaser. We made it for a neighborhood gathering the other night and added avocado to the salad. What a nice addition!
This recipe is inspired by a salad from my new Love and Lemons cookbook that I got for Christmas. Their recipe for Shredded Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Salad gave me the idea to swap Brussels sprouts for the arugula in my Apple Cranberry Salad. Yum! What a tasty switch!
The salad is really best when it is eaten right away. This ensures that the pecans stay nice and crunchy. If you don’t think you’ll eat all of the salad right away, store the various components separately, and then make up a single serving when you are ready for it.
Making the Salad
We love Brussels sprouts and look for any excuse to eat them! What makes this salad even better is that you can actually buy shredded Brussels sprouts in the grocery store if you don’t have time to shred them on your own. This salad came together quite quickly. I made the dressing and the pecans early on in the day. Right before dinner, I chopped the apple, tossed it in with the Brussels sprouts, cranberries, feta, and pecans, tossed the salad with the vinaigrette, and it was ready to go!
I love the image below but I definitely need to get a better camera. My iPhone couldn’t actually capture the dressing in mid-air like I wanted it to.
I hope you get a chance to make this salad. Definitely post on Instagram if you do… I would love to see how you make the salad your own!
A tasty combination of Brussels sprouts, apples, dried cranberries and feta cheese, dressed with a maple, apple cider, and dijon vinaigrette. A definite crowd pleaser!
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp Papa Joe's Salt or mixture of salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp apple cider
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 pinch Papa Joe's Salt or mixture of salt and pepper
- 4 cups Brussels sprouts, shaved
- 1 large apple, cut matchstick
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a quarter sheet pan with parchment paper
In a small mixing bowl, combine the pecans, Papa Joe's Salt or salt and pepper, maple syrup, and olive oil. Stir to combine.
Spread evenly onto the sheet pan and drizzle with any remaining liquid from the bowl.
Roast at 350° F for 15 minutes. You will begin to smell a nutty, sweet flavor coming from the oven. This means that they are ready.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly. These pecans can be used immediately for the salad or made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container until you are ready to use them.
In a medium-sized jelly jar or glass measuring cup, combine all dressing ingredients.
Cover the jar and shake vigorously to mix the dressing. If you are not using a jar, use a whisk to combine the ingredients.
Season with additional Papa Joe's Salt or salt and pepper if needed.
Chop or break the Maple Roasted Pecans into bite sized pieces.
In a large salad bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, apple, feta, cranberries, and the Maple Roasted Pecans. Toss with the dressing and enjoy!
Feel free to swap the feta for another favorite cheese, or to switch the pecans for another toasted nut that you love.