Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ Balsamic Vinegar & Walnuts

Jan 27, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: Product Reviews, Recipes

I grew up afraid of brussels sprouts, mostly because my mom never cooked these for me or my brother and sister.  I would watch movies and the kids would always hate brussels sprouts so I never thought I was missing anything.

I’m sure I smelled it from someone’s lunch box and then it wasn’t too pleasant (I do not like reheated brussels sprouts, it’s a no no for me!).

Then I moved to US and worked with Chef Andy and it was in the menu,  these veggies were not part of my station but I got to smell the roasted brussels sprouts the other cooks would work on daily and then before serving saute in butter, they were delicious and it totally changed my perspective of these vegetables.  Another time I went to my favorite Pizza place *Pupatella* and I found this appetizer, Fried Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Green Apples, I thought it was too strange, but then I ordered it, and from that day on I have kept ordering it every time I go there.

I wanted to have my own version of brussel sprouts, I remembered what I like the most of each dish I’ve tried, crispiness, saltiness, etc.

Also I was sent a bottle of Sacha Vida Oil and I wanted to try it in a dressing, but it is too cold, and I am not craving any cold salads so I decided to try this oil to roast the sprouts and the flavor worked pretty well, light nuttiness, mild flavor that didn’t overpower the sprouts.

So here we go:

Serves 4
Ingredients:
–  1 lb Brussels Sprouts
–  1 Green Apple
–  1.5 tbs of Sacha Inchi Oil
–  1/4 cup dried cranberries
–  1/4 cup roasted walnuts
–  4 tbs of balsamic vinegar reduced to half (if your vinegar is too liquidity, if it’s thick enough just use 2 tbs of the vinegar)
–  Salt & Pepper

Directions: 
–  Preheat oven to 375F
–  Slice your apples in cubes, or julienne, as you prefer.
–  Peel the outer skin of the brussels sprouts.  Trim the end and cut them in half.
–  Toss them in a mixing bowl with the oil, salt and pepper.
–  Place the sprouts on a baking sheet for 10-15 minutes, turn them and bake for another 10 minutes (I like mine really roasted so the last 10 minutes I’ll increase the heat to 400F, but don’t let them burn!)
–  Once they are ready place back in mixing bowl with the vinegar, walnuts, apple and cranberries, toss and serve immediately!

I love my salad warm and I usually have it as a started or as a side dish!

Let me know what’s your favorite way to cook Brussels Sprouts!

¡a comer!

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