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Brussels sprouts apple and pomegranate salad

I hope the name does not stop you from wanting to make this delicious salad. My daughter made it last year for a work potluck and it was a huge hit so she wanted to share it with the family this Thanksgiving and we are all very happy she did. Even my husband who is not a big fan of the mini green cabbages.

Some people like my husband can be funny about certain vegetables and brussl spouts are definitly on the list of questionable veggied.  However this salad has so much going on that even if you are on the fence about brussel sprouts you will truly enjoy this salad; my husband certaintly did. I also think it will be perfect for your Christmas table being the colors of green with red pomegranites dotted throughlout; it looks super festive and you should check it out; I don’t think you will be disappointed.

there are many ways to make this salad so you can substitute to your liking  such as the apple, the nuts; you can add regular nuts; I would toast them for more depth of flavor. You can use kale instead of brussel sprouts, cabbage would be great.

I am sure I am not alone in disliking buying an ingredient for one recipe and then it sits on the shelf. I cleaned out my pantry and came across a tub of spices and one was dated back to 2007 – oops must have forgot about that one; into the trash it went. You might not be able to find sumac at your local grocery store, we had to order it online but please be assured It can be used to flavor meats, fish, salads and even hummus. It is a tangy lemony spice often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. I think you will really like it.

Brussels sprouts apple and pomegranate salad

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a great crunchy salad you can make your own - a real crowd pleaser

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 large red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoon s red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts, shredded subs. kale
  • 1 large pomegranate seeded
  • 1 large Granny smith apple peeled, cored, chopped - subs. honey crisp, pink lady
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup candied pecans chopped - subs toasted walnuts, plain pecans

Instructions
 

Dressing - make ahead and set aside about 15 minutes

  • Combine red onion, wine vinegar, sumac and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a small dish

Salad

  • combine the remaining ingredients and toss well. season with salt and pepper as needed
  • This salad can be prepped ahead, but keep the dressing off of it until at most an hour before serving so it doesn’t discolor the sprouts.

Not easy being green – why do veggies get such a bad rap

I am just as guilty as the next for steering clear of everything green growing up!  I was brought up in the era of having to sit at the table until my plate was cleared.  I see good and bad in this approach.  I still feel the need to finish my plate, which is bad for your waist line; good for making you try food that scares you.  I recall as a child placing peas along the underside rim of my plate in hopes that no one would notice.   The family dog wasn’t opposed to any veggie of any color; pretty sure because they don’t see color hmmmm.

I didn’t change my ways until my early 20’s and it has been ongoing challenge ever since.  I have been pretty successful over the years hiding things I dubbed yucky!  I can cut up an onion so small that it disappears in a soup love the flavor, didn’t like the texture – I don’t have to do this as much anymore.  Broccoli was hidden in stir fry or covered with cheese sauce.  Peas were usually covered with gravy mostly only in chicken pot pies.  Asparagus was always covered with hollandaise and just in the last 2 weeks I have been working on brussel sprouts.

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There is speculation that if you eat something 7-10 times you can train yourself to like it.  For the most part I do believe this.  I can now eat Peas, Asparagus and Broccoli without smothering them with anything.  Brussel sprouts are still a work in progress; I am only on try 4 but I haven’t given up hope yet.

Asparagus – we love (except my son) roasting or even grilling with just a little olive oil, kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. We now have an asparagus patch in our garden
Peas – I only like frozen sweet peas – and they are a great tasting side as well as a punch of color – presentation, presentation, presentation.
Broccoli – great steamed or pan seared with some shallots, kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. We have been growing broccoli for many years with great success – We harvest and freeze when we can’t keep up before it flowers.
Brussel Sprouts – we are still eating them with a gravy or sauce of some sort – we are working on it – these look cool but they won’t be making it into my garden anytime soon.

Pasta

1lb tube pasta such as rigatoni, (whole wheat works too)
2 cups frozen peas
3/4 cup pesto
2 handfuls argula
8 oz goat cheese

boil pasta (in salted water) according to the packages directions, at the last minute add the peas, drain and return to the pot. Add pesto and stir to combine.  Add the arugula and toss. Cruble goat cheese on top and a grind of fresh crack black pepper.

*If you wanted to use this as a meal add some diced cooked chicken

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Basil Pesto

6 ounces fresh basil, stems removed, washed and patted dry
4 ounces pine nuts
5-6 garlic cloves (or 7-8 like I do)
2 ounces of grated parmesan cheese
2/3 cup olive oil – more or less
kosher salt
fresh crack black pepper

Combine basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor or blender. Pulse until all combined and chopped. Add olive oil to desired consistency. Finish by pulsing in the parmesan cheese, season with salt and pepper to taste.