Craving something green for St. Patrick’s Day but can’t stand the thought of boiled cabbage? I’m right there with you! Shake it up a bit this year, and serve this sweet and crunchy Brussels sprout slaw instead.
Brussels sprouts are cousins to cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower, and all are classified as cruciferous vegetables. While many dislike or won’t even go near them because of their strong odor when boiled, Brussels sprouts (and all cruciferous vegetables) are worth a second look. They’re high in fiber, vitamins C, K, and folic acid, and many cancer-fighting compounds. Sulforaphane is the compound in cruciferous vegetables, which accounts for the strong odor. While it might not smell so good when cooked, sulforaphane has been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells, and even cause cell death of many types of cancer cells in lab research.
Brussels sprouts, and cruciferous veggies in general, smell (and taste) way worse when boiled and over cooked. To enjoy their flavor, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in a 400 degree oven until tender, crispy, and caramelized – or eat them raw as in this recipe adapted from the American Institute on Cancer Research. By the way, their website is an excellent resource for information on cancer research and prevention.
- 3/4 lb Brussels sprouts
- 1 Fuji or Gala apple peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbs honey
Trim the bottom from sprouts and remove any loose or bruised leaves.
Place shredding disk in food processor, and using feeder tube, gradually shred Brussels sprouts.
Transfer shredded sprouts to a mixing bowl.
Mix lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
Add apple, cranberries, and walnuts to the sprouts.
Pour olive oil/lemon dressing over all, and mix well to combine.
Cover and refrigerate slaw for at least 30 minutes. Re-stir before serving.
This slaw is best served within 24 hours.