Best Thanksgiving side dish ever? This Brussels sprouts salad is “big on flavor and even bigger on texture with firm sprouts, crunchy almonds, and creamy cheese,” says our friend Molly Watson, whom we first shared it with at Locals Corner when chef Timothy Malloy was at the helm, c. 2014. We’ve been tweaking the recipe at home ever since and Molly recently upped the ante when she spiked her version with thinly sliced jalapeño peppers, so of course we followed suit. That gentle kick of jalapeño really seals the deal.
You can slice the sprouts a day or two in advance and store them covered in the fridge. Assemble the other ingredients while you’re waiting on your turkey to rest, as the salad quickly comes together in a couple minutes with a smashed garlic clove stirred into a vinaigrette, a quick chop of a jalapeño pepper and almonds, plus a final shower of cheese. Print
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus more for finishing
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, seeds and veins removed
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
- 1/4 cup roasted salted almonds
- pecorino cheese for garnish
- Remove the outer layer of leaves on each sprout if they are browned or damaged.
- Cut the sprouts in half so they lie flat on a cutting board. Slice across as thinly as you can, starting opposite the stem end and continue until you are as close to that end as possible (you’ll end up with stubs at the stem end). Alternately, you can slice the sprouts on a mandolin.
- Stir the lime juice, honey and salt together until seasonings dissolve, then add the olive oil and whisk to combine. Add the jalapeno if using.
- Add the sliced Brussels sprouts, and minced dill and toss well.
- If you are using whole almonds, slice them on a cutting board with your knife (surprisingly easy). There will be some rough chunks but that’s ok.
- This salad is best served on a platter (versus a bowl) which makes it easier to add the almond and cheese garnish. Spread the Brussels sprout mixture in an even layer on a large platter.
- Sprinkle the almonds over the top and use a vegetable peeler to shower wisps of cheese over the salad.
- Taste a pinch of the salad and adjust seasoning with more lime juice or salt if necessary. You’re aiming for a salad with a delicate bite, where the acid of the lime juice plays off the salted almonds and cheese.
Photo: Bruce Cole
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Category: salad
- Cuisine: California
- Serving Size: 6
Keywords: brussels sprouts, jalapeno, almonds, salad