One of the highest compliments a person can pay you if you’re a registered dietitian food blogger is when they admit that they “thought” they didn’t like a certain vegetable… until you cooked it for them.
This has happened to me twice. Both times, the veggies being served were Brussels sprouts.
Early in my food career when I was working at Cooking Light magazine, I made a Brussels sprouts gratin for Christmas. My dad swore he didn’t like Brussels sprouts, but being the easy-going guy that he is, he tried it.
Reaction? He now admits he likes Brussels sprouts.
One time, a few years ago, my mother-in-law was eating dinner with us and I served a variation of a Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples recipe I used to make by memory.
Reaction? She admitted she likes Brussels sprouts… when I cook them. (I can’t promise she’d be willing to try others.)
I’m not ashamed to admit we have Brussels sprouts A LOT at my house. I find them to be simply too easy not to enjoy. Sometimes, we go with the salad you see here today… other times, it’s this little simple Sauteed Brussels Sprouts recipe on deck.
The key to creating a Brussels sprouts dish everyone can love like today’s new Brussels Sprouts Salad is, in my opinion, based on these three things:
- Cutting them in half to “let the bitter out.” A tip I learned back in those days at Cooking Light.
- Using fresh over frozen. I love frozen veggies, but in this case, I truly believe unless you’re a natural Brussels sprouts lover, fresh is your best bet.
- Adding a little sweetness to whatever dish you’re preparing to counteract the bitterness.
It’s really not rocket science, but it is effective. You try it at your house and see if you are getting Brussels sprouts compliments, too!Print
Brussels Sprouts Salad
Looking to serve a Brussels sprouts recipe everyone will love? This easy Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe is it!
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and quartered
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or dried tart cherries
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
- Add Brussels sprouts and saute just until crisp-tender (about 3 to 5 minutes); add lemon juice and saute 1 minute.
- Transfer to mixing bowl; toss with remaining ingredients. May be served warm, at room temperature or cold.
- Calories: 150
- Sugar: 5.3 g
- Sodium: 215 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Carbohydrates: 15 g
- Fiber: 4.8 g
- Protein: 6 g
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