Brussels sprouts are hot, hot, hot right now! One of my favorite ways to serve them is roasted, where their caramelized flavors shine through, such as this recipe for Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. But another delicious way to dish up Brussels sprouts is raw in a salad, such as this flavorful, light Thai-Inspired Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad. In this recipe, I combine shaved Brussels sprouts with exotic Thai flavors, including red chili, cilantro, coconut, peanuts, and papaya, into an altogether memorable plant-based salad. It’s healthy, delicious, and you can whip it up quickly! You can shave Brussels sprouts yourself by finely slicing them with a sharp knife, or use your food processor to do the job for you. You can even find Brussels sprouts pre-shaved in some markets.
Brussels sprouts are especially healthful because they are in the cruciferous family, and these vegetables have potent compounds linked with cancer protection. I have these lovelies growing in my garden right now, along with a papaya tree that provided the papaya fruit you see pictured here. Yes, papayas can grow quite well in Southern California. In fact, several additional ingredients, such as red chili peppers, cilantro, green onions, and lemons came from my garden for this recipe. You can find all of these ingredients at your farmers market or local grocer quite easily, too.
This salad stores quite well, making it a great option for packing away for lunches the next day. It’s also delicious added as a topping to a burger, wrap, or sandwich. Or serve it with a flavorful soup for a delicious, simple, plant-powered meal.