Saturday, May 19, 2012

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon, and Pecorino

Sexy Salad of the Week
Did you know you could eat Brussels sprouts raw? And that they are really delicious? It's true, and here is a salad to prove it.

1/2 small red onion, diced fine
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups Brussels sprouts (use larger sprouts if possible)
1/2 cup finely grated pecorino romano

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, honey, mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow steady stream until the dressing is emulsified. Set aside. Trim all of the Brussels sprouts, cutting off any bruised outer leaves and slicing off a good portion of the hard root end. Using a mandolin, shave the sprouts one at a time or put through your food processor using the slicing blade. When you're done, use your fingers to gently separate the leaves so that the shredded sprouts resemble a very fine slaw. Put the sprouts in a serving bowl and toss gently with the onions and the dressing. Fold in the pecorino, taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately, before it starts to wilt!