Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Toasted Pistachios, Dried Cranberries & Pomegranate Seeds

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I know I say that a great many of my recipes are born simply of what I have handy and it is true.  It is true even when I say that all I had around was a bag of Brussels sprouts and an aging pomegranate.  And pistachios.  And when I thought to make a salad of them, I wished I had some dried cranberries to add to it.  I don’t typically go for dried fruit in anything but dried cranberries just sounded so right for this.  I dug deep in my crisper drawers looking for some other inspiration & found an unopened but very old & gross bag of raisins & while I wondered why I ever even bought a bag of raisins because, you know, ew – raisins – I spotted a bag of something from a bulk bin in the corner of the drawer.   Closer inspection revealed it to be a small bag of dried cranberries!  WTF?  Why did I have dried cranberries?  Quickly, I wished for a series regular gig on what would turn out to be a long running & iconic HBO series and waited for a few seconds for my life to change.  Nothing.  A few minutes later I was still me, still unemployed & still holding the bag.  Of dried cranberries. Fuck.  I hate when I waste the wishes that will be granted on things like a small quantity of dried cranberries.  I felt like Peter Griffin on Family Guy when, confronted by a real, live genie, wishes for his own personal theme music & not to have bones.

So, yeah.  Career still on hold but that’s a go on the salad!

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Salads aren’t really recipes, are they?  I made this guy for myself & I used about 8-10 medium-sized Brussels sprouts & ate the entire salad – even though it was probably enough for two.  So – anyway – I will give you rough estimates of what I used but you can add or subtract ingredients & adjust quantities to suit your own taste.  If there is wiggle room in making anything – it is salad – so go for it.

I made a simple dressing of lemon & olive oil & then decided I wanted something a bit creamier – so I added a bit of Greek yogurt.  You can skip that or, if you are vegan, add a bit of vegan mayonnaise.   Or use another of your favorite dressings.  I ain’t judging.

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Toasted Pistachios, Dried Cranberries & Pomegranate Seeds

Serves two

INGREDIENTS

10 medium-sized Brussels sprouts

Handful of pistachios

Handful of dried cranberries

Handful of pomegranate seeds

For the dressing

1/3 cup Greek yogurt (or vegan mayonnaise)  – optional

2 TBS lemon juice (or nice wine vinegar)

1 TBS olive oil

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Whisk the dressing ingredients together & season with S&P.  Taste & adjust the flavors.  Some like lemon more than others.  Some like more salt.  Suit yourself.

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Toast the pistachios in a dry pan for 2-3 minutes, until aromatic & beginning to change color.  Stir the whole time & take care not to burn them.  Set aside.

Trim the hard ends off the Brussels sprouts & shred with the blade of your food processor or cut thin by hand.  Be sure to break up any of the white cores that remain – even cutting them by hand if your food processor let them slip by.

Now, just toss all that shit together (go easy on the dressing) & eat both servings yourself.  FTW.

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5 thoughts on “Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Toasted Pistachios, Dried Cranberries & Pomegranate Seeds

  1. Christine, although I have little to no interest in the vegan recipes on your post I read them for the literary tidbits ( i.e. the tirade on this post about the wish for a t.v. gig instead of the cranberries ).I know it’s not nice to laugh @ the fact of someone being out of work but the way you express your thoughts………you are very funny. I suppose I should make a point w/ this post so here it is, you should write an autobiography. I promise I would buy a copy & am certain others would. Or maybe you have written literature for sale & I just don’t know of it ????…………P.S. sorry I’ve used your food blog site for a comment that has nothing to do with food…..LOL

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    • Hahaha! Thanks! And, as a matter of fact, I have written a mockumemoir that I am trying to get published. I might have to self publish it – but even if I do – this book WILL come out! You had better buy one! And THANK YOU for not only reading the blog but commenting. 🙂

      That said – not all my recipes are vegan. Salads often are – just because that’s how salads roll but I also make the best fried chicken my Little Rock boyfriend has ever had. Maybe you should try that recipe?

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      • I will certainly keep an eye out for the mockumemoir ( did you make that word up ? lol ). I will also find & try your chicken recipe. If your boyfriend Miley (lol) is a picky eater & he liked it ill bet its good,… if my culinary skills are sharp enough to pull it off.

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    • I jus watched the trailer to Bathing & the single girl which you cleverly lead me to, lol. You are not only very pretty but multi-talented, witty & you know how to market yourself well. I will no doubt be a life long fan !! Best of luck to ya pretty………

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