If I had to guess, I’d say most people are not a big fan of brussels sprouts. Am I right? It’s okay, you don’t have to be to love this brussels sprout salad. Promise. I’ve been making this for my family at least once a month for a couple of years now. They all love it, including my kids! It’s a perfect side dish to bring to to Thanksgiving, or any gathering because you can add the dressing and let it sit without worrying it’ll be soggy by the time everyone is ready to eat. Are you ready for how simple this salad is? It literally takes 5 mins!
Shaved Brussels Sprouts | Don’t cook them. Just dump the bag into your bowl. I get mine at Trader Joe’s but have also seen them at Target. One bag makes about 5 servings.
Tomatoes | I halve mine and like to get an heirloom variety for color.
Lemon | One, juiced
Pepper | Fresh Ground, as much as you like
Bacon (you can also use pancetta, or a combo of both) | I use microwave bacon and crisp 6-7 strips and crumble
Fresh Jalapeño | Thinly sliced and totally optional if you don’t like heat
Caesar Dressing | I prefer an oil based vs a creamy dressing. Trader Joe’s makes a great one shown here. Add the amount you like. Because the sprouts are hearty, you may feel like you need to add extra dressing. I personally don’t love dressing and just add enough for taste.
Shredded Parmesan Cheese | Add how much you like
That’s it. Just toss everything well with the dressing already on before you serve. I don’t measure ingredients, I just eyeball everything I add. To turn this salad into a dinner, add rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp.
Make it and let me know what you think! What other holiday recipes would you like to see? I love to cook and am happy to take requests.