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Test Kitchen recipe: Learn to make Brussels sprouts salad like a chef

Brussels sprout salad with Bulgarian feta.
Brussels sprout salad with Bulgarian feta. Tribune News Service

This Brussels sprouts salad from Forest, a Birmingham, Mich., hot spot is simple yet packed with flavor. The elegant shaved sprouts are blended with roasted sprouts and tossed with Bulgarian feta cheese.

Look for the cheese at grocery stores with a large cheese selection. Bulgarian feta is made from sheep’s milk. The texture is creamier than Greek feta and the flavor profile is tangier.

Finally, the salad is finished with a soft white balsamic vinegar-based vinaigrette. Don’t skip this or use the dark balsamic, which would overpower the tender Brussels sprouts and feta.


Preparation time 15 minutes, total time 20 minutes.

1/2 cup Brussels sprouts, shaved and roasted

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 cups Brussels sprouts, ends removed, shaved

3 tablespoons golden raisins

2 ounces Bulgarian feta

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the 1/2 cup shaved Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Drizzle with a few drops of olive oil and toss to coat. Roast about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool.

In a large bowl, combine the roasted and regular Brussels sprouts, raisins, feta, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and pine nuts. Gently toss to coat. Serve.

Makes 2 salads