I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t start eating Brussels sprouts until just before I got to college. I don’t know if its because all the kids shows made it seem like the food of the devil, or if they just became cool and hip and recently showed up in a bunch of restaurants. Anyways, I’m glad I’ve finally tried them because they’re so versatile and delicious. In this recipe I’m gonna make them a way most people usually don’t: raw.
Raw Brussels sprouts have a great crunch and a super fresh flavor that always reminds me of spring. Pairing this with creamy walnuts and salty bacon and cheese makes for the best salad or fresh side dish!
Also if you were curious where Brussels sprouts got their name from, check it out here.
What you’ll need to make a salad for 1 person or a side dish for 2:
- 8-10 medium sized Brussels sprouts
- 1-2 strips of bacon (really just depending on how much bacon you want)
- A handful of parmesan cheese
- A small handful of chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Juice of half a lemon
- A little salt
- A good amount of pepper
First things first, we have to shave the Brussels sprouts! You can do this a few ways. I use a sharp nice and cut it in to thin slices, but you can also (very carefully) use the side of a cheese grater or a Japanese mandolin. Once they’re nice and thin, throw them in a bowl.
Then cut your bacon in to pieces. The easiest way to do this is actually with frozen bacon. It still works with it raw it just may be a little harder. Heat a pan over medium heat and throw the bacon in until it’s nice and crisp. Once its done place the pieces on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
Now everything is super easy. Toss the bacon, cheese, and walnuts in the bowl and give it all a toss (also…feel free to leave out any of these toppings! This is just what I think goes really well with it). Lastly throw in the oil, lemon, salt, and pepper and give it one final mix and enjoy!