With Thanksgiving suddenly around the corner, I wanted to share some fun side dishes with you that would be great for the big day. As I started to think about the classic sides one usually has on Thanksgiving – from mashed potatoes to green bean casserole to cranberry sauce – I realized that many of them have a very soft texture. Wouldn’t something crunchy be so refreshing alongside all of those other items? I’m all about variety and thought the idea would be a nice change. What immediately came to mind was a fresh shaved brussels sprout salad for some satisfying crunch. After a few experiments with various toppings and dressings, I knew I had found a winner.
I wanted to keep things simple with this salad, since it’s meant to be part of an already-crowded Thanksgiving plate. With plump dried cherries and earthy toasted hazelnuts, this salad has the perfect combination of flavors for a fall meal. It’s all tied together with a sweet and slightly tart maple-balsamic vinaigrette, which has quickly become one of my new favorite dressings. This sweet, crunchy salad is truly addicting – and it comes together so quickly.
I am always in awe of how many things need to come together at the same time for a Thanksgiving meal. The great thing about this salad is that you can have it prepped a few hours in advance and then simply add the dressing right before the meal begins. It’s one less thing to worry about on an otherwise hectic day!
- For the salad:
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ½ cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
- Combine salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together.
- Add dressing to salad and toss well; season with additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Note: Salad can be prepped a few hours in advance, but be sure to hold off on adding the dressing until serving.