Brussel Sprout & Walnut Salad

Every December over 750 million brussel sprouts are eaten, so love them or hate them, they remain a staple to the traditional Christmas dinner and have done for centuries. It was over 400 years ago that they arrived on British soil from Belgium and have been a firm part of the annual festive feast.

They are such an underrated vegetable in my opinion, as their unique flavour adds a little ‘omph!’ (yes to me that is a word!) to your plate. Sprouts are a fantastic source of vitamin K & C, as well as being high in fibre which helps to reduce inflammation. So even if you aren’t a huge fan, its worth considering them as part of your Christmas dinner amongst all the delicious food!

Since I was little there was no problem with brussel sprouts being on my plate. In fact, I started to ask for extra! So it is no wonder that now I am looking to be more creative with these mini cabbages and make a seasonal recipe that satisfies my appreciation for the wonderful sprout!

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This Brussel Sprout & Walnut Salad is fantastic to accompany any main dish or can even be enjoyed on its own (though be warned there is a high risk of wind if you know what I mean!). It is a recipe that only needs a few ingredients and best of all they are at their best this season too!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 400g brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 small red cabbage
  • 40g pomegranate seeds
  • 20g dried cranberries
  • 30g walnuts (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method

  • Start by washing the Brussel sprouts and red cabbage in cold water before adding to a large saucepan and adding enough water to cover all the vegetables
  • Bring the pan to a boil before turning down to simmer for 15 minutes
  • Once the vegetables are cooked well, drain all the water out of the pan and leave to cool for 5-8 minutes
  • Add in the olive oil, salt and pepper and stir gently ensuring that everything is covered.
  • Next, add in the pomegranate and cranberries and mix in well.
  • Dish up into portions of your choosing before finally sprinkling chopped walnuts over the top!

 

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To discover even more amazing recipes for this season did to my Christmas Collection where you will find links to all of my other festive creations!

If you give this recipe a try I would love to hear your thoughts, so pop a comment below or tag me in a post on Instagram using @thegrowingbutterfly

Merry Christmas!

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