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It’s summer, and that means I’m getting together with friends as often as possible. Sports schedules have slowed down, no one has homework, and kids are desperately in need of someone to entertain them besides me.
And honestly, I don’t want them crawling over me 24/7. Fortunately, my friends rock. They roll with last minute plans and playdates that last all day and into the night. And suddenly, we aren’t feeding four, we’re feeding 8 or 10.
Those dinners need to be quick and tasty. I love finding dishes that are slightly out of the ordinary but that kids can enjoy, too. Something that doesn’t take long to throw together makes life even easier. While hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken tend to be the main courses, the sides and salads vary.
My current favorite is this shaved Brussels sprouts salad with bacon vinaigrette. It’s a raw salad that I make in minutes, but the texture of Brussels sprouts means my salad doesn’t wilt throughout the day if I make it in advance or – heaven forbid – I have leftovers for the next day.
It’s a good thing I serve my shaved Brussels sprouts salad or other veggies when friends visit. Why? They know I always have dessert, whether it’s something simple and healthy like a mango custard or I make a copycat Girl Scout S’mores cookies recipe that needs some veggies to balance it out.
If you don’t have red wine vinegar, substitute another vinegar. If you don’t have a shallot, use a little red onion. If you don’t have or don’t want to use bacon grease, olive oil works just as well.
That said, when you make bacon, drain the grease and store it in a mason jar in your fridge. Use it in place of butter to great the skillet when you make eggs or even pancakes. I add it to various savory dishes, and it’s perfect for this bacon vinaigrette I toss over my shaved Brussels sprouts salad.
How to Make Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Wash your sprouts, and cut off the dried up ends. If any have icky leaves, discard them. Use the slicer blade on your food processor and slice them up in a heartbeat. If you don’t have a slicer attachment, use a knife to slice the sprouts thinly, working your way from the bottom to the top.
Mince your shallot just like you would an onion, separating the halve from the skin then mincing each half. Mince the garlic, then chop your parsley. You remember how to quickly and easily chop herbs, right? Watch this video for a super fast tutorial.
Add all the veggies to a bowl, then make the vinaigrette.
Heat the bacon grease until just melted. Use a fork to whisk in the mustard and pepper. Slowly add the vinegar while still whisking until it is emulsified and a consistent thick vinaigrette.
Pour over the veggies and toss gently. Taste test to determine if your salad is dressed enough or if you need to add a little more vinaigrette (make a second half batch if necessary – I know I like salads less dressed than many others).
Add the freshly grated Parmesan, reserving a little for garnish, and toss again.
Serve immediately, or place into a tightly sealed container in the fridge for the next day. This lasts one to two days in the fridge.
The next time your friends head to your house, serve them up some of this shaved Brussels sprouts salad – and some ice cream with homemade hot fudge sauce for dessert (they ate their greens, right?). Yum!
Have you ever tried a shaved Brussels sprouts salad? What is your go to recipe for last minute entertaining?
If you do not wish to use bacon grease, you can substitute olive oil. If you do not have red wine vinegar, you can use another vinegar in its place. Omit the bacon grease and the Parmesan cheese for a completely vegan and gluten free dairy free salad, as needed. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103 Total Fat: 6.8g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 158mg Carbohydrates: 7.6g Fiber: 2.5g Sugar: 1.9g Protein: 4g
If you do not wish to use bacon grease, you can substitute olive oil. If you do not have red wine vinegar, you can use another vinegar in its place. Omit the bacon grease and the Parmesan cheese for a completely vegan and gluten free dairy free salad, as needed.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.