I know it’s fall and all, but we are having another heat wave here in Southern California. The phrase “Indian Summer” is defined as unseasonably warm weather during the months of October to November and there is still some uncertainty of the exact origins, but thought coined by Native Americans during warm and hazy conditions when they hunted. We’re definitely experiencing some of that this year, including the horrific fires in Northern California that are running rampant through Napa and Sonoma counties, yet again this year.
Salad seems to be at the forefront of mealtime around my house, and I didn’t want to miss out on any fall-like ingredients, so shaved brussels sprouts are my green of choice. Using a food processor to whiz up these miniature cabbage-esque balls in no time makes life so much easier. Some chopped apples and dried cranberries add sweetness to the salad, along with some grated Pecorino cheese, which adds just a touch of a salty profile.
The dressing is a quick whisk of the usual suspects, like vinegar, mustard, oil and a sprinkling of sugar for balance. Make sure you use all the vinaigrette because the brussels sprouts drink it up, like I drink water after a long run. Also, you can prepare this salad a few hours ahead because I think it tastes better resting amongst all the ingredients for a while.
12 large brussels sprouts
1 large apple, any variety
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 clove garlic, minced
big pinch of salt & pepper
1/4 cup oil olive
1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Shave brussels sprouts in food processor, or with a good knife, add to a large salad bowl. Dice apple and add to bowl. Add cranberries and Pecorino to bowl. Toss to combine.
- Add vinegar, mustard, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper to a measuring cup, whisk to combine. Add oils while whisking, until emulsified or thickened slightly.
- Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss to coat. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!