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Maple-Dijon Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecans and Cranberries & Cookbook Giveaway!

Posted in Book Review, Salads by Janet M on November 14, 2013

Maple-Dijon Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecans and Cranberries

While I prefer Brussels sprouts roasted, I also like them slipped into scramblesskillets, stir fries, pastassoups and salads. The last on my bucket list (I think) was to try them raw, shredded into a slaw.

Raw versus cooked. Talk about something new. Now the endearing term “little cabbage” comes to light. Shredded Brussels sprouts let their true Brassica family roots shine through, with a definite cabbage undertone. Here it is paired with a sweet maple Dijon mustard dressing with sweet dried cranberries and local Southern pecans for some crunch.

Not sure whether raw Brussels sprouts are for you? I am certain this would be delightful with roasted ones, as well. Sometimes, it is nice not to wait for your vegetables to roast or to try something different. Something a bit lighter in spite of its wintery feel.

Maple-Dijon Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecans and Cranberries

This salad is courtesy of Raw & Simple, which I verily enjoyed (un)cooking through this summer, amid Houston’s hot heat. Judita has written a cookbook with easy, tasty recipes without the fuss of complicated raw show-stoppers. Some delicacies are included, too, though. She incorporates a few non-raw ingredients like maple syrup, as evidenced by this recipe. I recommend her simple Raw Chunky Tomato Marinara with zucchini noodles, Calexico Salad, Five-Pepper Vegetable Chili, and still want to try her Southwest Corn Chowder, Healthy Mary (a spin off a Bloody Mary), Thai Veggie Noodles, Raw Meat and Cheese Pierogies and her Wild Blueberry Meyer Lemon Cheesecake. 

A few typos aside, I really enjoy this cookbook and want to share it with you.Thankfully the publisher is letting me give a cookbook to one reader living in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom (YES!). To be entered, please leave a comment here, telling me which recipe you’d like to try the most (or if you have a recipe from Judita that you recommend). Have a look through the table of contents of Raw & Simple on amazon (or my list below) or pick something from her blog and tell me what you want to cook the most. I will randomly select a winner on November 30, 2013. Good luck!

Other recipes from Raw & Simple shared online:

Mushroom Miso Soup
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Sunny Peach Salad with Chipotle-Maple Dressing
Nacho Cheese Dip
Thai Veggie Noodles
Raw Chunky Tomato Marinara Sauce with Zucchini Noodles
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Apple Pie Smoothie
Hazelnut Fig Shake
Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Cookies
Superfood Seed Bar
Orange-Almond Truffles
Chocolate Haystacks
Wild Blueberry-Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Squares

PS. Other giveaways I am sharing right now: Plant-Powered 15 and Practically Raw Desserts.

Note: I purchased my own copy of Judita’s cookbook.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

This is my submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays, this week’s Health Vegan Fridays and this week’s Raw Food Thursdays.

Maple-Dijon Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecans and Cranberries
Adapted from Raw & Simple

4 cups Brussels sprouts, shredded
4 cup arugula (optional, I did not use it)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup dried cranberries

2 tbsp whole-grain Dijon mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil (I used less)
2 tsp maple syrup
1-2 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced

1. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. The salad will last a day in the refrigerator.

Serves 4 as a side salad.

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  1. Erica said, on November 14, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    I would love to try the nacho cheese dip. I love anything made with nutritional yeast. It looks so good, I wonder if it would encourage my kids to eat more veggies?

  2. Carmen Risken said, on November 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Mmmmm… raw chocolate truffles, or anything cheesecake-y

  3. Linda said, on November 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Wow, this looks like a wonderful recipe book! My kids want me to make the apple pie smoothie for them today for a snack. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  4. Beth said, on November 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Ooh I must try those chocolate haystacks!

  5. Jennifer said, on November 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I have made the oatmeal walnut raisin cookies several times and they are incredible. I highly recommend them!

  6. coconutandberries said, on November 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    UK too! How exciting. I love raw meals but don’t have any raw cookbooks!
    Can I pick 2 I want to make? The Chipotle not-chicken salad wraps and the creamy kale salad with capers and hazelnuts. Yum :)

  7. realrawkitchen (@realrawkitchen) said, on November 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I would love to try this! I’ve never had raw brussel sprouts but I see them in salad recipes all the time. Next time my husband grabs some I’ll steal a bit to make my own dish :) thanks for sharing!

  8. Hannah said, on November 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Hazelnut fig shake. FIGS.

  9. sonja@vesenmork said, on November 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    what about the rest of Europe? Booo ;) only kidding. As I eat a mostly raw diet, I was thinking of finally trying Brussel sprouts raw, this looks like a great way to do that!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on November 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      I try, I try.. I wish I could push for more worldwide giveaways. :)
      This is definitely a fun way to eat raw brussels sprouts

  10. ourqueenskitchen said, on November 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Lovely vegan fare! I’m just a regular (not raw) vegan, but I do enjoy incorporating more raw foods into meals!

  11. Shannon Y-I-V said, on November 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    The nacho cheese dip sounds interesting… or the Thai veggie noodles. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  12. Jessica Eagle said, on November 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Thanks again for the giveaway :) I would really like to try the Superfood Seed Bars and all the other recipes…hi hi !!!

  13. Joanne said, on November 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Raw brusselss sprouts are definitely cabbage-y…but in a good way, I think! The maple dijon dressing sounds fabulous for it.

  14. Johanna GGG said, on November 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    sounds like a great salad – I am not keen to just munch on a raw brussel sprout but with that dressing I think I might just love them.

  15. jacquie said, on November 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    the oatmeal rasin cookies :)

  16. Jac and Jenn @ sketch-free eating said, on November 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    apple pie smoothie that’s crazy! I’d def like to make that :)

  17. Jan Scholl said, on November 15, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Jalapeno Kraut? For real! Nom nom nom.

  18. Melissa said, on November 15, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    The Easy Apple Pie!

  19. Vegan Derby Cat Party said, on November 15, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    The Thai veggie noodles!

  20. Vegan Derby Cat Party said, on November 15, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    The Thai veggie noodles!

  21. erika said, on November 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Woo! You are so healthy–share your love for raw brussels sprouts with me? I just keep eating cupcakes :( and of course, the recipe I’d be most excited about is the blueberry/meyer lemon cheesecake. I CAN’T RESIST DESSERT!

  22. Tami said, on November 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I would love to make the Nacho Cheese Sauce!

  23. lani said, on November 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Oh, it would be the thai veggie noodles…Love things with lots of flavor

  24. marsha said, on November 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    The Thai veggie noodles sounds really good, I would like to try that.

  25. Gaby said, on November 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Weird! I was just reading up on raw this morning and watching Kristina’s (rawfully organic) videos and thinking I really need to get back to more raw eating! I did a week of raw foods for a yoga challenge last year and it felt amazing! not only healthier diet wise but mentally I just felt better/ more content and capable.
    Our next potluck should be raw!
    I really like how simple the mushroom miso soup looks, it seems like something I could easily make regularly. I also want to start making more cauliflower couscous or rice dishes, I’ve been on the lookout for the cheapest place to buy cauliflower.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on November 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Sounds great, Gaby. I am definitely eating more cooked dishes with the cooler weather but dude, summer has arrived again. When you find cheap cauliflower, let me know. It has been elusive. I think I found it for $1.50/head at one of the Asian markets. Cheapo cauliflower in Toronto was $1/head when I would pounce.

  26. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on November 16, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    I’ll confess to not being certain about raw brussels sprouts – but I am very much on board with the flavours in this dish, so I think I’d be happy to try them out in this form!

  27. Sarah said, on November 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    the pumpkin spice smoothie sounds heavenly

  28. thepeacepatch said, on November 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Wild Blueberry-Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Squares sound crazyamazing plus my brother would love them for his upcoming birthday. Thank you!

  29. saniel said, on November 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Nacho cheese dip. There are so many choices out there want to see which I like best. Thanks

  30. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said, on November 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Mmmm, that sounds like the perfect raw salad. I’ve never tried raw brussels sprouts, and this recipe is a great reason to change that! Thanks for sharing at Raw Foods Thursdays!

  31. […] There is still time to enter my giveaway for Raw & Simple and Practically Raw […]

  32. abradley215 said, on November 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    The Stone Fruit Salad with Sweet Almond Ricotta sounds amazing!!! We did a raw food diet for a long time, I would love to get back to it!! :)

  33. […] Janet shares a review and giveaway of Raw & Simple on her blog. See all the details here. […]

    • Sherri said, on November 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Oh my…what to pick?? I truly want to try them ALL! But since I have all the ingredients for the Mushroom Miso Soup, I will be trying TODAY! I have always made miso soup, but not including almond or a nut milk as the base…sounds very YUMMY…Then I need to go to the store and gear up for the featured Brussel Sprout Salad – which I most likely will be eating all four portions myself:)) Please pick me for the give away! I would make everything:))

  34. Simona said, on November 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I’d love to try the cheesecake!

  35. Deb in Hawaii said, on November 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I made a shaved sprouts salad with lemon and poppy seed and loved it–this one looks even better and perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

  36. Josiane said, on November 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I was completely obsessed with peaches last summer, so the Sunny Peach Salad with Chipotle-Maple Dressing quickly caught my eye; it sounds delicious! Although the Wild Blueberry-Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Squares combines flavors that I love too… I’d have a hard time choosing which one to try first, so I guess I’d make them both and call that a meal! ;)

  37. Alexandra said, on November 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I’ve always had a problem with Brussels sprouts, so I’m curious to give the recipe for the Brussels Sprouts salad a fair try. And I’m pretty much guaranteed to love the 2 autumn smoothies, Pumpkin Spice and Apple Pie! Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

  38. […] The winner for the Raw & Simple giveaway is […]

  39. Lillian D'souza-Muise said, on December 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    I have tried many of Natasha’s recipes from her ‘Raw Detox Manul’ and have had success with some adapting.
    I would live to try most if not all of her recipes in this book. I’d probably start with the Lemond poppyseed energy bars, because I love to make things that give me energy when I need a little snack. I also can pack these ing children’s lunch for a little treat after their healthy home packed lunch.

  40. Bridget Y. Velasquez said, on December 7, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    You got me to love brussels sprouts. This is the last frontier, eating them raw. I have the hazelnuts and the pecorino. I like the whole idea of the salad.

  41. […] (As evidenced by my maple pecan shortbread cookies, vegan cheesecake with a pecan shortbread crust, baked caramelized banana & pecan oatmeal and even a savoury brussels sprouts slaw with pecans and cranberries) […]


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