Halloween is 2 days away, avoid the sugar high by making the most out of your meals before the big night! Ever tried Brussels sprouts in a salad? Here’s an easy weeknight salad idea, this would also be a great Thanksgiving side dish! ————————— Brussels Sprout Salad with lemon, walnuts and apples Lemon Vinaigrette: 1/3 cup lemon juice 1.5 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon honey 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil kosher salt freshly ground black pepper – Parmesan-Pecorino Crisps: 1 ounce parmigiano-reggiano cheese, finely box-grated 1 ounce pecorino cheese, finely box-grated cracked black pepper Brussels Sprout Salad: 1 and 3/4 lb Brussels sprouts thinly sliced or already prepared shaved Brussels sprouts 1 large Honeycrisp apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks (heaping cup or so) 3/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (eg. Silpat) or flat sheet of parchment paper. While the oven preheats, prepare the vinaigrette. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and honey until well combined. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking continuously with your other hand, until the vinaigrette is well emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. Combine the grated cheese in a small bowl. Place six (roughly equal in size) large spoonfuls of cheese on the baking sheet, leaving an inch in between. Pat the cheese down into large circles until the cheese forms a thin layer. Sprinkle the cheese with cracked black pepper. Bake the cheese at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Allow the crisps to cool slightly before transferring to a wax or parchment-lined plate. Set aside. Place the shredded Brussels sprouts in a large salad bowl and add the chopped apple and chopped toasted walnut pieces. Dress the salad with the lemon vinaigrette and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper (raw Brussels sprouts call for a decent amount of salt). Serve and top each salad with a few pieces of broken parmesan-pecorino crisps. Make it a meal- add cooked chicken or shrimp on the side! #bmf
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