Shaved Brussels Sprouts Fruit Salad

This shaved brussels sprouts salad has apples, pears and cranberries mixed in and is tossed in a cider dijon mustard dressing. It’s fall on your plate.

Yesterday we spent 2+ hours of our afternoon attending orientation for the New York State Troopers. As Ulysses’ “support network” (the state’s term, not mine and one in which Ulysses hasn’t stopped referring to me as since when he now wants something) I was invited to listen, learn and ask questions about my husband’s new career and what he can expect for the next 6 months in the academy. So clearly, while we went through slide after slide of the hell that is about to become his life in the academy, I thought about making this salad.

Shaved brussels sprouts and fruit salad

I might’ve perked up when we got to the medical benefits section (hell yeah to government benefits over crappy private business ones!) but other than that my mind was going through the ingredients of this salad (and the grocery list, and the thanksgiving sides I need to make, and the blog food I have on tap for the next couple of weeks, and the 2 proposals for work I need to get done this week, and, and, and….).

Shaved brussels sprouts

It’s not disinterest as much as a rather not know for my own sanity type of thing. If given the choice to learn about the ridiculous physical demands, screaming, crappy food and living situation my significant other is about to be put through for half a year versus creating a flavorful fruit salad with chopped brussels sprouts and a cider dijon dressing in my head, I’m going for the latter.

I’m pretty sure he’d rather a “support network” that gives him a decent tasting meal after 5 days of state cafeteria food than one that’s freaking out about his physical condition or sanity every Friday night when he comes home.

Shaved brussels sprouts salad

Although, I did catch one blurb that I fully plan on heeding: “don’t expect them to make up a week’s worth of time in a weekend”.

Translation (in the ears of Gina)?

Hire a cleaning person because your husband won’t be able to do all the chores that need to be done on his 1.5 day weekend.

Done. Thank you, NY state.

Shaved brussels sprouts fruit salad
 
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This shaved brussels sprouts salad has apples, pears and cranberries mixed in and is tossed in a cider dijon mustard dressing. It's fall on your plate.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, ends and outer leaves trimmed
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, chopped
  • 2 tablesponns pepitas
  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  2. Slice brussels sprouts thinly and place in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the dressing over the sliced brussels sprouts and toss to combine.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and toss together lightly.
  5. Season with additional salt & pepper to taste.

 

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  1. 4

    says

    Haha, I would have been totally the same as you! And I for one am glad that you had to sit through that meeting if it means that we get delights like this. So much lighter than the usual fare at this time of year.

  2. 8

    Mabel says

    Hang in there through the academy. My husband went through 4 years ago (we live in California) and while he got to come home every night, between homework and getting ready for the next day and exhaustion from the stress he might as well have been gone. While it was really tough and being a cop’s wife when I never expected to be has resulted in so many firsts for us, it is worth it. I am so proud of him and glad he is doing what he always wanted to do, and it has made our marriage and myself stronger (and I thought I was already tough). Feel free to email any time you need support from a fellow cop wife.
    Take care and keep blogging, I love following you! Ps. It wasn’t anything like what they said at our orientation (maybe because my husband is older and we had already been married 14 years at the time).

    • 12

      Running to the Kitchen says

      um…he had to buy an “athletic supporter” (it’s on the list of stuff to bring) and I just about died of laughter when I saw that thing.

  3. 14

    says

    I’m on a real brussels sprout kick as of late – this is totally going on The List. Sprouts deserve so much more love. Glad you’re giving it to ‘em. And I will show my love via my mouth when this gets made to redeem myself after the post-apocalyptic Turkey Coma.

  4. 19

    says

    Can’t get enough brussels and fresh cranberries lately. It is funny how you body seems to crave and know what is in season.

    I used to do this same thing during talks and lectures at the lab. So much more going on in my head.

  5. 20

    Sharon says

    This looks so amazing – I want to serve it for Christmas!

    My son, however, is allergic to mustard. Any suggestions as to what I could substitute the dijon for?

    Thanks for this recipe!

  6. 22

    says

    I love raw Brussels sprout salads like this. I have never eaten raw fresh cranberries before, I didn’t even know you could, but that sounds so good. I’ll have to give this a try.

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