Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad

Planning your Thanksgiving menu yet? I know it might be early for some, but I am actually cooking Thanksgiving dinner in Ireland, so I have to plan ahead, keeping in mind ingredients I know I will be able to find there. Brussels sprouts are one ingredient I LOVE cooking when in Ireland, and since I absolutely adore these little green globes of goodness, I am always dreaming up new Brussels sprouts recipes (How ‘bout Bacon Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese? Or Sriracha Maple Brussels Sprouts?) For lunches this week, I whipped up a giant batch of a recipe I am calling a salad because it is really delicious at room temperature. Call it what you like, but be sure to make it soon because it is delicious and healthy. Brussels sprouts

I started with about four cups of sprouts, all cut in half except for the mini ones at the bottom of the stalk. I also chopped four apples and half a sweet onion.


Before I got cooking, I rehydrated about a cup of golden raisins in some hot water so they would be sweet and plump in the final dish.

golden raisins

A good glug of olive oil got the whole thing started. The onions went in first so that they could caramelize.

olive oil

Shortly after, I added the Brussels sprouts so that they would get nice and brown. Nom nom nom.

Brussels sprouts

Once the sprouts and onions were getting browned, I tossed in the apples and raisins, gave it a stir, and let it all simmer together for a few minutes.

Brussels sprouts

Served alongside some spicy chicken sausage, this salad made a perfect veggie side dish, but I think it’s hearty enough for a light meal as well.  I’ll be eating it for lunch topped with crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese. And I will definitely be adding it to my repertoire of fall recipes. Bring on those Brussels!

What’s your favorite fall/winter food or ingredient?

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Tags: brussels sprouts, recipe, salad, side dish, vegetables, Vegetarian

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I adore Brussels sprouts and this recipe looks perfect for fall! I’ve been falling in love with root vegetables lately – sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, etc.


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    yummmm gotta love warm brussel sprout salads! this reminds me of the one I made for our potluck!! (and I made it again for thanksgiving at my Mom’s house.) It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays!


  3. Jean | Delightful Repast’s avatar

    I love Brussels sprouts, but I think this recipe could convert even those who don’t!


  4. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Mmm, so excited for lots of brussels sprouts this fall.


  5. RavieNomNoms’s avatar

    Yummy! I think this looks awesome..such a big fan of sprouts!


  6. Megan’s avatar

    I think I am just as obsessed with brussels sprouts as you are. I have a bag in the fridge that I picked up at the farmers market, and I am looking forward to roasting or sauteeing them soon! This salad looks awesome! I love that you are already testing out turkey day recipes.


  7. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    OK, this is my PERFECT dish. I am already planning to have brussels twice this week and I bought apples and golden raisins (which I never buy). Must be a sign!


  8. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I’ve recently developed a love for Brussels sprouts. Especially when they’re roasted!


  9. Nish’s avatar

    I love brussels sprouts – definitely one of my favorite autumn/winter veg. Loving this recipe – am definitely going to try this out soon – esp with your suggestion of crumbled goat’s cheese x


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