April 08, 2011

Brussels sprout and walnut salad


Brussels sprout might well be one of those ingredients that people either love or hate. Personally I've grown out of 'hating' any particular food (vegemite being an exception to the rule, but then again I didn't grow up eating it anyway) and Brussels sprout were never on the hate-list to start off with. 

Paired with roasted walnuts and a vinegary dressing, this is a nice little salad or a side dish on its own. You could easily make this a wholesome vegetarian meal by serving it with rice or quinoa, too. Either way it combines some of my favourite flavours and I could happily fork the whole lot on my own. 


Brussels Sprout and walnut salad
(Serves 2)

10-15 Brussels sprouts
pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup walnuts, toasted*
1 sprig of lemon thyme

{Dressing}

30ml extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sherry vinegar
pinch of salt

1 tbsp lemon juice, to serve
1 sprig lemon thyme, to serve
1. Preheat your oven to 180C. 

2. Place the Brussels sprouts in an oven dish, season with salt and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the lemon thyme and bake for about 40-50 minutes or until tender.

3. Prepare the dressing by lightly whisking together all the ingredients. Set aside.

4. To serve, combine the roasted Brussels sprouts with the walnuts, drizzle with the dressing and serve with an extra sprigs of lemon thyme and a drizzle of lemon juice.

*toast the walnuts in 180C oven for about 8 minutes.




36 comments:

  1. When I read Brussels sprouts I must admit I wasn't so keen but you have made them look delicious!

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  2. I have and always will love brussel sprouts; I just ate a whole heap of them yesterday. You must be reading my mind!

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  3. Maria, this looks wonderful. I did learn to like brussels sprouts this past year when I oven roasted them with balsamic and I think I did sprinkle it with some walnuts and parmesan cheese. I'm trying this next!

    P.S. I like vegemite! :D

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  4. I could easily eat a whole bag of brussels sprouts on my own. Love them with strips of bacon!

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  5. I'm bouncing in my seat. Swear. Bouncing.
    I hated brussels as a kid and only a couple of years ago (I'm 35, shhhh) dared to try them again only to fall madly and deeple in love with them! I love them carmelized in my dutch oven with onions and peppers with a side of brown rice and beans.
    Again, I am sooooo excited that you've shared this recipe. I know I will love it to bits!

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  6. My mum used to come home with bags of brussels sprouts all the time saying that they were 'cheap' and that's why she bought them. I got so sick of how bland and boring they were but this looks great. I may just have to try this sometime...

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  7. I'm one of those who came to Brussels sprouts late in life. It's not that I hated them before; I'd actually never eaten them as a child, but just heard how much everyone hated them. So, I never really ate them. But when I tried them as an adult, I was surprised at how much I loved them. Just shows you can't believe everything you hear. ;)

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  8. I always thought brussel sprouts were really cute but I like them done only in a very few ways- I usually make a curry but this looks like a very good alternate way to enjoy them that I must try .

    US Masala

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  9. Honestly, brussels sprouts has never been my favourite either but yours looked too tempting to not give it try, even if it's going to be just a one-off dish :P Let's hope not!

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  10. Pidän kaikista kaaleista,myös ruusukaaleista:) Meillä taisi sesonki juuri loppua,joten sitä saa nyt vain pakasteena.Ihana resepti!

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  11. Brussel Sprouts have long been on my hate list. I think perhaps because as a child my Mum served us these steamed beyond recognition. I really should revisit them because your salad looks so lovely and I am sure I would enjoy them this way. I love anything paired with walnuts.

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  12. A very original combo! That dish looks scrumptious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  13. Maria, your photographs and recipes have been absolutely gorgeous lately!

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  14. This salad looks amazing.I like the way you have decked up brussels sprouts with an easy dressing and crunch of walnuts.Yum!

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  15. I hate Brussels sprout but your pics are convincing me to try it sometime. Awesome pics. I have also posted a salad recipe now. Wise people think (post) alike!!! :-)

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  16. Agree with you on the Vegemite :) The poor wee maligned brussels sprout...I think most peoples dislike comes from childhood when they would have been cooked to death! This sounds quite delicious with the toasty walnuts and the fresh lemony thyme.

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  17. Would love to have these for lunch today :)

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  18. This looks really, really good - seriously. And, like Cherine, I would love it for lunch. Perhaps tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  19. I like brussel sprouts, but I also LOVE vegemite :)))

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  20. I love brussel sprouts and even if I didn't you make it looks dang amazing that I would have to try them and fall in love all over again! Love the use of the pecans! Perfect accompaniment! Perfect!

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  21. I totally agree I can't hate any food anymore. There are some I enjoy more than others but I can't hate any.
    Everything on the plate looks like toasty perfection. Interesting that you use two different types of vinegars and lemon in the dressing. I'll have to try that.

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  22. I love brussel sprouts! This looks so good with walnuts.

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  23. I don't like Brussels sprouts. But, when I say that, I will also fully admit that I have not tried them since high school. I HATED the way my mother cooked them, although I at this point really don't even know what her method was! This salad makes me almost think it might be worth it to try them again. Especially with the walnuts!

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  24. I never liked Brussels sprouts at all, but trying them roasted won me over. Pairing them with walnuts sounds like a great idea. Both have a certain earthy bitterness to them.

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  25. I still don't understand the hatred for Brussels sprouts. People don't hate cabbage as much as they hate Brussels sprouts! I love them and love this recipe.

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  26. Brussel sprouts... I associate them with grumpy freckled faced kids who pick on their food. I don't eat a lot of brussel sprouts but to me, they are just like miniature cabbage...

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  27. Brussel sprouts. Love.

    I need to wait for the next season though.

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  28. Wow, this looks delicious! I love brussels sprouts, but I always have trouble finding ways to make them even a little innovative when I want to cook them at home. I definitively have to try out this recipe!

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  29. Those brussels look delicious!

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  30. I love brussel sprouts, especially roasted! I am loving this salad, I am bookmarking this. I am sure my family will really enjoy it! :)

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  31. I love brussels sprouts and could eat them every single day. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, can't wait to add it in to my brussels recipe rotation!

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  32. Absolutely beautiful! I'm with you - I can't STAND vegemite though I put that down to not knowing of its existence till I was 16!

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  33. Your pictures literally made my mouth water and I've never been a huge fan of brussel sprouts! Maybe my palate is ready to grow up after all! Thanks for sharing, I'm going to give this one a try very soon:)

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  34. I love, love, love brussels sprouts! Thanks for a new way to eat them :)

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  35. I love Brussels sprouts and love the idea of pairing them with roasted walnuts! Your photos make the combination look especially appealing.

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