The quantities here serve four or five people as a substantial side salad. This recipe is directly inspired by epicurious, I’ve simply added thyme and rocket into the mix, and cannot claim originality. It’s a banger though and I’m so pleased to have come across it. I’m afraid I’m uploading this out of season – it’s a brilliant winter salad to bear in mind when the colder weather rolls around again! It’s a delicious, creative way to use a truly lovely vegetable in its raw state, and to shake off its terrible reputation for being bitter and over-boiled.
300g of brussel sprouts
several sprigs of thyme
a generous handful of walnuts
30g rocket (or roughly half a supermarket bag)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of honey
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Start by preparing the brussel sprouts: trim off the base of each, and remove any exterior leaves that are brown or dirty.
Shred the brussel sprouts as finely as possible using your sharpest knife (and your chef-i-est knife skills!). Be sure to sit the sprout upright on your board so there’s a steady base for chopping. Alternatively you could shred these in a food processor with the appropriate attachment.
When the oven has preheated, toast the walnuts for 4 minutes. Be careful here as walnuts can take on a burnt flavour and darken very quickly. Allow these to cool and then coarsely chop.
Using a vegetable peeler, shave the pecorino into curls.
Strip the leaves off approximately 8 sprigs of thyme.
Whisk the dressing up in a small bowl.
Finally, in a large bowl mix the shredded brussel sprouts, the rocket, the chopped toasted walnuts, the pecorino shavings, the thyme leaves, and some salt and pepper (reserving a little of the nuts and cheese for garnishing); dress with the lemon vinaigrette and mix well again.
I’ve recently had this salad with some left-over, shredded roast chicken mixed through, as well as some sultanas and it was totally wonderful. A funky take on a 'slaw', with playful, contrasting textures.