Brussels Sprouts & Walnut Salad

Brussels Sprout & Walnut Salad

Last week while I was recipe testing for a few upcoming photoshoots I quickly threw together this raw brussels sprouts recipe for lunch. And as I continued to multi-task, eating while standing, cooking, doing the dishes, I noticed how the salad got better and better as it sat, molding the flavors together. When Lola got home from school that day and was looking for a snack, I had her take a quick bite. Next thing I knew the whole bowl was empty and she has since claimed it as one of her favorite salads I have made.

We both liked it so much that it currently is a Thanksgiving contender. I’m hosting my family this year for Thanksgiving, there will be 9 of us in our new house. I’m excited to cook a big meal in the kitchen, but work has me traveling right up until the day before, so I have been carefully planning recipes that make the most sense for our menu. This salad, took at most 15 minutes to put together. Toasting the walnuts while thinly cutting the sprouts. Which you could also do using a food processor. And as I mentioned, the flavors got better as the salad rested, so this would be a perfect one to prep out earlier in the day and let sit in the fridge until time to serve.

Brussels Sprout & Walnut Salad

Brussels Sprouts & Walnut Salad
serves 6

12 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed
1/2 lemon, juiced
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1 cup pecorino cheese, grated

Thinly slice sprouts and place into a large bowl, add lemon juice, big pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Toss all together and let sit for 5-7 minutes. *Make sure your walnuts have been toasted and cooled

Add olive oil to the salad, and toss together. Mix in toasted walnuts and cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings per taste with more lemon juice, olive oil, salt or more cheese!

  • Almonds or pine nuts work as a great alternative to the walnuts, just lightly toast and chop

  • Substitute half of the Brussels sprouts for chopped broccoli

  • Need something sweet, mix in 3-4 chopped dates