The Balanced Diet: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Manchego and Pimenton

I don’t usually look forward to catering events, especially when they appear in a consecutive schmear of google green (busy) on my gcal. But I am positively pumped about tonight. I’m chef-ing for a marriage proposal!

I didn’t realize that marriage proposal planners existed before I was contacted a few weeks ago to help do the food for one happy couple’s exciting night. I won’t go into any more detail, lest the bride-to-be read food blogs. But it’s been a lot of fun putting together an intimate 5-course tasting menu with the groom, and I can’t wait to play a small part in their special night.

None of this has anything to do with Brussels Sprouts, but I thought I’d share. As for the dish at hand…

I’ve made several versions of this salad over the past month. To be honest, I’d never messed around with raw Brussels sprouts. When you can have the greasy, crispy roasted version, what’s the point? But I love the look of elegant ribbon-y salads. My friend Whitney once told me that she finds my kale salad very sexy – one of the many reasons I continue to make it all the time.

I had a little trouble getting the ribbon-y look without a mandolin. I own one, but I didn’t want to tempt the gods with something as small and precarious as a Brussels sprout. There’s a lot of karma that could potentially come to roost in the form of a missing finger. So I thinly sliced them by hand into little wedges, which looked rather nice too.

My favorite part about this dish is the pimenton vinaigrette. I was inspired by this Food52 recipe. The first time I made this salad I followed the vinaigrette, which involved heating oil in a saucepan and steeping the garlic and spices in it, exactly. The next few times I switched out the sherry vinegar for lemon juice and heated the oil in the microwave. One time I didn’t heat it at all, but I found that it really helps the pimenton come alive.

This salad would be a perfect New Year’s Eve starter or side – it just has that kind of special feel on the plate, and that kind of labor-intensive annoyingness when you’re peeling the tough outer layers off of all those sprouts, to make you only want to make it once in a while. You can beef it up with a bed of baby kale underneath. But don’t skimp on the shaved manchego – that’s just the kind of indulgent ribbon that this salad craves. Plus, we only have a few hours left until midnight, when we all have to resolve to eat less cheese.

Since I’ll be sitting in a dark room all next week, recovering from catering and eating soup (chewing involves too much energy), you might not hear from me before Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful and delicious time with your families.

Happy holidays and, as always, eat up!

Xo
Phoebe

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Manchego and Pimenton

Serving Size: Makes 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or ¼ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 small shallot, halved and very thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup whole blanched almonds
  • ¼ cup coarse manchego cheese shavings (use a vegetable peeler)

Instructions

  1. Trim the ends from the Brussels sprouts and peel off any of the tough outer leaves. Halve each sprout length-wise, and thinly slice. Alternatively, you can use a mandoline, but I actually think it's faster with your knife.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, thyme, and pimenton and remove from the heat. Whisk in the lemon juice and salt.
  3. Toss the vinaigrette with the sprouts, shallots, and almonds. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice or salt as necessary. Transfer salad to a serving platter and top with the manchego shavings and a sprinkle of pimenton.
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This post is brought to you, along with many other fabulous sprout recipes, as part of Food Network #FallFest. Check out the other participating sites below – and also the Pinterest Board!

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4 Responses to The Balanced Diet: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Manchego and Pimenton

  1. Frankie says:

    I know what you mean about mandolines and fingers. I rarely take mine out anymore (mandoline, not fingers). I think the food processor slice blade might work, though. Then you could have this awesome recipe all the time!!

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  3. olikellopas says:

    Matek sporo pytan odnosnie pozyczki. Od czasu nieanachroniczna pożyczka online przebywamy z oblubienica w Niemczech, uzyskujemy porównanie chwilówek środki utrzymania w Holandii. Lacznie miesiecznie w wysokosci okolo 4500 butto. WM placimy 480 nie maci zadnych pozyczek, kart kredytowych etc. Mamy rachunek rozliczeniowy w sparkasse od chwili roku jakkolwiek dopiero poltorej miesiaca temu przenieslismy dochody na te rachunek rozliczeniowy…

    Jeno z nas ma meldunek, ja zalatwiam siebie na dniach. Chcielibysmy uzyskac pożyczka na okolo 7-10 tys. istnieje taka alternatywa czy mozemy na odwrót pomażyc? Jezeli istnieje taka szybkakasa.info/porownanie-pozyczek wybór to dokąd natomiast co bysmy chcieliby, ps nie rodzicielce stalych kontraktow, owo najprawdopodobniej bedzie kłopot. Od chwili dokonanych transakcji bezgotówkowych (cena kartą w środku materiały czy też posłudze) nie zapłacisz miernych część pod warunkiem, że spłacisz całość odpowiedzialność na kwitu karty w czasie denotowanym na podobieństwu transakcji. W casusie spłaty części zadłużenia lub ale wręcz konfirmowanej na podobieństwu liczby minimalnej, naliczone pozostaną odsetek od uczynionych transakcji. Gwoli transakcji bezgotówkowych procent naliczą się od chwili dnia ich rozliczenia przy użyciu bank do dnia osiągnięcia bezwzględnej spłaty zadłużenia. Odsetki naliczane są podobnie stale od czasu sprawionych kartą cen gotówkowych i przekazów z rachunku karty od momentu rozliczenia transakcji przez bank do dnia absolutnej spłaty obciążenie. Pożyczki online to informator w celu jednostek spragnionych trwać pożyczka online kredyt gotówkowy. Jeśli odkrywasz wypróbowanego pochodzenia wiedzy jak utrzymywać się pożyczkę przez Net to powinieneś odwiedzić moją stronę. Dosadnie z serwu będziesz zdołał złożyć nauka umoralniająca kredytowy. Postaram wyklarować całkowite delikatne epitety powiązane spośród problematyką fiskalną. Na moim blogu dowiesz się jak bez trudu i szybko otrzymać pożyczkę przez Net mógł zestawić podaży banków natomiast także instytucji pozabankowych. Opowiedziane na stronicy podaży są w większości dogodne dla jednostki zadłużonych.

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