Salads. It’s one of those dishes that when I hear it, a few things come to mind. I automatically assume it’s either lettuce or grain based. Unless it’s at a summer gathering, then I think it’s either going to be potato or macaroni salad. I’m trying to change my perception of what makes a salad so that I can experiement a little more. Salads don’t have to be lettuce or grain based! This might not be some amazing revelation to you but for me it opened up a lot more possibilities.
I was looking for something that I could create that would yield leftovers. I wanted something to have at lunch that was veggie packed but not your standard boring mixed greens salad.
Since it was fall, I decided to incorporate a bunch of traditional fall ingredients like sweet potatoes and cranberries to create a salad that is great for lunch or as a side dish. It’s also perfect for traveling so it can be taken to work (mason jar salad!) or to a party or picnic. It’s grain free, it’s vegan, it’s Paleo. It’s all the buzz words.
Andrea’s Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potato Salad
For the salad:
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2lb Brussels Sprouts, trimmed
- 1/2 Red Onion, finely chopped
- 1C Dried Cranberries
- 1 tsp of Olive Oil for cooking
For The Dressing:
- 2TBSP Dijon Mustard
- 2TBSP Maple Syrup
- 1/4C Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/4C Light Olive Oil
- 1/2tsp Salt
- 1/2tsp Ground Black Pepper
In a small glass bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add in the cubed sweet potatoes. Boil until the sweet potato is just fully cooked through so that a knife pierces it easily but the sweet potato isn’t mushy. About five – 10 minutes. Drain the sweet potatoes making sure to remove as much water as possible. Add to a large mixing bowl.
Using the fine grate or thin slice blade for your food processor, shred or shave (either works here) the Brussels Sprouts. In a large skillet add in 1 tsp of light olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add in the sprouts and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove and add to the sweet potatoes.
Add in the cranberries and the red onion, toss to combine. Pour the dressing over top of the salad and gently mix until everything has been coated in dressing.
Serve immediately or cover and place in fridge until ready to serve. Serves 4 meal size portions or 8 as a side dish.
A couple of notes:
I slightly cooked the sprouts to help bring out more flavor and reduce their bitterness a bit. This is a taste preference. If you like raw sprouts then it’s OK to skip this step. If you allow the salad to sit for several hours before serving, that will help breakdown the sprouts a bit.
This dish gets better the longer it has time to marinade in the dressing.
It does make for a big salad and this served two people as a meal for two lunches.
Leftovers are great but make sure to eat this in at least three days, otherwise the sprouts start getting a little funky.
Adding in some nuts, seeds, or even a little feta or goat cheese on top would make great additions to this salad! A little twist on the traditional veggie side makes it perfect for holiday gatherings.
Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food! Enjoy!