I’m ready to declare Brussels sprouts “the new asparagus.” I’ve always bought them in cute little paper cups or sometimes on the stalk, so I was surprised last Friday to see them in a factory-sealed two-pound cellophane bag in a mainstream grocery store’s produce department.
Clearly someone’s noticed we consumers are starting to warm up to this this cancer-fighting, rich in antioxidants, cruciferous vegetable. The bag was only $4.99 and there was a peel-off $1.00 off coupon attached. I decided to do my part and picked up a bag.
It’s spring and I didn’t want to do the usual winter things to these Brussels sprouts, so Maggy and I thinly sliced them and added them to Saturday’s grain salad. We enjoyed it so much that Sunday I made shaved Brussels sprouts salad (see recipe below).
Everyone enjoyed the shaved Brussels sprouts salad so much that when I was back at the grocery store on Sunday afternoon, I’ll be darned if another package of those Brussels sprouts didn’t end up in my cart.
I had a friend for dinner on Monday night. There was a container of salad greens in the fridge, but I decided to see what she thought of my Brussels sprouts salad. Although she wasn’t a fan of cooked Brussels sprouts, she loved this salad. Said it reminded her of coleslaw. Her plate was clean.
This week I’m working on a pasta sauce story for a national publication. If I knew the rest of the country had access to the same Brussels sprouts supply I did, I’d be adding them thinly sliced to my boiling pasta the last few minutes of cooking.
Until then, I’ll keep spreading the word here.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Golden Raisins and Almonds
4 cups trimmed and very thinly sliced Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
A generous 1/4 cup each: roasted chopped almonds and golden raisins
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Toss Brussels sprouts, Parmesan, almonds, raisins, olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add lemon juice; toss to coat again. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve.