When you hear the term 'Brussels sprouts' what's the first thing that comes to mind? Soggy? Bitter? A word that's even worse than either of those?? Well folks, I'm here to inform you that there's a better way to eat your sprouts than boiled into oblivion the way grandma used to make them: Raw. No, I didn't write that by mistake. Raw Brussels sprouts may just be my new favourite new way to eat my green veggies! Sure, I like my Brussels sprouts roasted too, and I'm always up for a spinach smoothie, but a salad made with shredded Brussels sprouts? Sign me up! They've got a beautiful texture and a mild fresh taste when they're raw, and they pair perfectly with savoury bacon, sweet raisins and crunchy sunflower seeds. This Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Bacon Dressing is the perfect way to enjoy these little green beauties and I know you're going to love it! It's easy to make, it's totally delicious and if you're anything like me, you'll have no problem filling half your plate with it!
8 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
1 small red onion, diced
4-5 slices bacon, cooked
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins
for the dressing:
1/3 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 slices bacon, finely chopped
a pinch each of salt and black pepper
Make the dressing first by combining all the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisking them together well until they're combined. Let the dressing sit in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 2 hours before using. It's a good idea to make the dressing the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight to let the dressing absorb the bacon flavour.
When you're ready to assemble your salad, add the shredded Brussels sprouts and the diced red onion to a large bowl. If you're lucky enough to be able to find your Brussels sprouts at the grocery store pre-shredded, that's great. If not, running them through the food processor fitted with the slicer attachment or shredding them using a mandoline will do the trick too. Just be sure to wash them (and dry them) first, and cut off the stem ends before shredding.
Add the dressing to the Brussels sprouts and the diced onion and toss thoroughly. Add the raisins and the sunflower seeds and toss again until they're evenly distributed throughout. Crumble 4-5 strips of bacon over the top of the salad, give it another toss, and then cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes before serving. This will help the shredded Brussels sprouts absorb some of the moisture from the dressing and it will intensify the flavour.
Once the salad has rested in the fridge for about 20 minutes, it's ready to serve!
Just look at all those textures! Aren't vegetables great?! Ok, bacon is pretty great too.
This salad makes the perfect side dish for a holiday meal (paired with roasted chicken, pork or turkey), a casual weeknight meal, or even a backyard barbeque! It's so versatile, and it keeps for a few days in the fridge, just in case you have leftovers.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and don't forget to enter the giveaway below!
Looking for other great side dishes? Try my Roasted Carrots with Honey and Balsamic Glaze or my Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Orange Vinaigrette!
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