A simple, wintry salad with a base of shaved brussels sprouts makes for the perfect lunch or dinner side dish! Creamy goat cheese, jewel-toned pomegranate arils and crisp scallions add a punch of flavor that make this salad stand out.
Hello friends! How was your weekend? Mine was exhausting, but in the BEST of ways. Let's recap, shall we?
I was in the office on Friday morning running a design thinking workshop when I got a Snapchat from my friend Molly, who I haven't seen in almost a year. I opened the snap, thinking it would just be her in a facebook (predictable AF) but was greeted by a picture of her with a Megabus ticket. Molly was on her way from Chapel Hill! This weekend was going to spiral out of control, and fast.
And spiral out of control it did, beginning Friday night with a pregame at my friend Chris' apartment, a stop at Julia's empanadas for some pre-night out munchies, Dan's Café for 2 squirt bottles of mixed drink, and Wonderland Ballroom for whiskey shots & rampant debauchery. Ah, youth.
I finally landed back in my bed around 3 AM and was up and at 'em at 11 the next morning for brunch! A group of 6 of us landed at Policy for brunch, where we talked, laughed and chugged mimosas long past the 2 hours we were allotted. My brunch entrée of a pimiento grilled cheese with side salad was pretty stellar, but if you're ever at Policy brunch, may I recommend the Jicama Hash that Molly got? It was INCREDIBLE and the perfect hangover cure.
From Policy we headed to Trader Joe's to grab coconut water and beer (#balance) and then to my friend's apartment to drink aforementioned beer. We then moved onto Lauriol Plaza for dinner and margs, then to Jack Rose for more drinks, and oh my god how am I still alive. Oof. From Jack Rose we went to a house party in Columbia Heights where I fell in love with a man holding a large jar of pretzels and a creepy guy from my high school licked Molly's face (not surprising), then to Duccini's to grab a pizza and then back to Chris' house where I ended up sleeping on the couch despite having a perfectly good bed of my own just a mile away. Good Jesse.
ANYWAY, the next morning I awoke confused as to my whereabouts, marched myself home, and fell back asleep for several more hours until my friend Clay so rudely called me and woke me from my slumber.
C - Hey, wanna grab lunch?
J - I'm took hungover to eat, but let's do coffee?
C - Sure, where should we go? Starbucks?
J - Idk, how about somewhere hipster?
C - Jesse, I Uber Eats'ed McDonald's for breakfast this morning. My hipster ship has sailed.
Ah, Clay. Such a gem.
We ended up going on a whirlwind tour of DC coffee shops because NOTHING WAS OPEN (why is everything closed on Sundays, y'all?! This is the nation's capital!!) before settling on my all-time fave, Compass Coffee. We chatted and laughed and caffeinated and pretended to get work done. It was truly grand.
...and then I cancelled two dates and made this salad instead! Living my best life. But, seriously - this salad is SO GOOD. I am so excited to bring it to work every day this week and make people jealous, I can barely contain it. Make this right meow!!
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
To make this salad, you will need:
- 3 cups brussels sprouts, washed and halved
- 2 scallions, chopped, white portions discarded
- 1 pomegranate
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 2 apples
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- Dressing of choice (I used honey mustard)
Good news! This is a salad, so there aren't many instructions. I love when things are easy. But let's get to it!
We'll begin by prepping your ingredients. First and foremost: the brussels, the backbone of this salad. Now, you can definitely find shaved brussels sprouts in your local grocery store, but if you did your grocery shopping in a panicked frenzy because the line at Whole Foods was out the door and you needed to make it to a date (hi) and just grabbed regular brussels sprouts, fret not! All you have to do is halve them, throw them in a food processor and give them a whiz. Shaved brussels in a flash!
Next up, chop the greens of your scallions, dice your apples, and make an effort to extract your pomegranate arils without turning your kitchen into a crime scene. You can do it!
Once your ingredients are prepped, you can move on to assembly. Begin with the brussels and scallions, then add the diced apples. Crumble on your goat cheese, then add walnuts and pomegranate arils. Voila!
A drizzle of balsamic glaze completes this beautiful, healthy and delicious salad. Be the bearer of good health at your next holiday get together and bring this - you will be praised.