Apple and Brussels Sprout Slaw

A Refreshing Thanksgiving Side

As we start planning for Thanksgiving dinner, whether we are cooking for a full house, cooking only for a couple or joining others, at the forefront of our planning process is the menu. After we check off the ubiquitous turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls, green beans and various pies, we are often left searching for new, creative recipes to refresh the meal or perhaps impress some of our family and friends.

This slaw is very light and refreshing and will be a good contrast to the heavy foods we are so used to consuming in massive quantities. If your family is like mine, whoever hosts the affair and cooks the most of the food will be hesitant to steer away from the classic menu they have prepared for decades, but will otherwise be grateful that one of their guests has brought along an inspirational dish. Just make sure your hosts don't overhear all of the praise you'll be stealing from them.

An Immediate Holiday Classic

I originally made this dish last year during the holidays. I don't remember whether it was Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I do remember everyone enjoying it and commenting on how refreshing it was.

I have decided to replicate the recipe this year, but instead of serving it at a holiday meal, I will be taking it to a dinner party. There are so many new recipes that I want to try this year for the holidays that if I don't make this now, I may forget about it. I hope you try it and give me feedback on what you think.

The Finished Slaw

Yes, it tastes as light and refreshing as it looks.
Yes, it tastes as light and refreshing as it looks.

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Notes on Ingredients

The original recipe that inspired this one called for raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. This was only available at one of our local groceries, but I went out of my way to buy it. I bought the Bragg brand, which is also organic and unpasteurized. Other than that, I don't know what the difference in vinegars is. If anyone has any facts or opinions to share on this topic, please share.

The recipe also calls for four apples. You can mix and match as you please. I chose to mix Granny Smith, for their tartness and firmness, and contrast them with Fuji, for their sweetness and softer texture.

I would recommend using only fresh Brussels sprouts for this recipe. To make them ready for shredding, cut them in half lengthwise and remove the core with perpendicular cuts along the core.

The easiest way to prepare the ginger is to break off a small knob, peel it with the side of a spoon and shred with a zester or box grater.

The Raw Ingredients

Fresh Apples, Brussels Sprouts and Chives
Fresh Apples, Brussels Sprouts and Chives

Making the Dressing

Quick and Easy

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: This should serve about 10 as a holiday side
  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger, Peeled and Finely Grated
  • 4 Apples, Cored, Peeled and Julienned
  • 1/2 Pound Brussels Sprouts, Finely Shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons Chives, Chopped
  1. Make the dressing by whisking together the yogurt, oil, vinegar and ginger in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Combine the apples, sprouts and chives in a large bowl.
  3. Add the dressing to the dry ingredients and toss to coat. Season the salad with more salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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