Many years ago (probably a decade), before we had kids and could go trek into New York City for an amazing meal, we happened to dine at Mario Batali’s restaurant Lupa. We had the most delicious raw brussel sprout salad — which I think had pecorino cheese in it . . . It was the first time I had even had raw brussel sprouts. And, they were delicious. Not only did I love them, but I totally preferred them over cooked brussel sprouts.
Of course, I had to try to re-create the recipe, or some version of it. Mine is actually a little bit different from the original raw brussel sprout salad I feasted on many years ago. It includes toasted walnuts and lemon juice — but overall, it’s a really delicious, light and simple recipe!
If you are wondering where you can find shaved brussel sprouts, you can actually purchase them at Trader Joe’s which offers a pre-packaged option. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your neck of the woods I suggest that you throw the brussel sprouts into the food processor to replicate the texture — or you could use a mandolin, but I would fear for your fingers.
This salad is great because, 1. it’s seasonal; 2. it’s delicious; 3. unlike a dressed green salad, it can sit in the refrigerator and not get soggy. In fact, the salad is better once it’s marinated overnight. It’s also the perfect salad to serve at a holiday meal.
Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Parmigiano-Reggiano
10 ounces shaved/shredded brussel sprouts
1/3 cup of olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano, shaved
3/4 cup of toasted chopped walnuts
In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place the brussel sprouts in a large bowl. Add the dressing, toasted walnuts and cheese and toss to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight.