Stella’s Sprout Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This is a deceptively simple salad with complementary flavors: the nuttiness of the Brussels sprouts and pecans, balanced with the tanginess of the cheese and light, bright notes from the lemon juice.

And it’s so easy!

Great as a snack or as a side.  I often serve it as a first course, paired with my Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine.

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, washed and peeled as necessary
1 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese, finely grated
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small skillet, toss pecans over medium high heat for a few minutes until they are lightly toasted, but not blackened. Sit aside in a small bowl.

2. Shred sprouts either on a mandoline or by hand (I did the latter this time). You want thin slivers of bright green sprouts.

3. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve immediately as a fresh, cool salad. Add more cheese as garnish and drizzle with warm bacon dressing (below) if desired. It’s also perfectly delicious without dressing.

This slaw will keep for a day or so in the refrigerator, but is best fresh.

Serves 4.


Warm Bacon Dressing
1 Tbsp bacon grease
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp horseradish sauce
dash black pepper

1. In a small skillet, warm bacon grease over low heat. Stir in vinegar, sugar, and horseradish and cook for a minute or two. Add bacon, stir, and pour into container or directly onto salad.


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