Monday, June 15, 2015

Crunchy Brussels Sprouts and Apple Slaw.

This Crunchy Brussels Sprouts and Apple Slaw combines shredded brussels sprouts, carrots, and cabbage with a healthier version of poppy seed dressing. This side dish is perfect for any barbecue.

Hello! How was your weekend? Mine was busy and full of love, as we celebrated the wedding of close friends. This was my first time attending a wedding in the city limits, and it was great fun. Wedding guests rode buses from the church to the reception, stopping at Sportsman's Club on the way for a quick drink. I teared up at least three times during the wedding ceremony and reception speeches, so it was obviously a very sweet day.

I also ran the PAWS Run for their Lives 8k on Sunday morning before heading back to the bride and groom's home for a post-wedding brunch. The PAWS race was soggy. It was pouring rain in the hours before the race, and sprinkled until about 1 mile into the run. I have never run a race in the rain before, and this was an epic way to break that streak! By the end of the race the partly sunny, humid day was back with a vengeance. I'm counting my lucky stars that I didn't fall in a puddle during the race, and I'm glad I made it out there to support the great cause that is PAWS Chicago. The team of runners I was part of {Dogs and Cats Living Together} ended up in first place among fundraisers this year! Check out my 2014 race recap here for more information about this wonderful annual race.

Back to the recipe for tonight! I have an epic slaw to share that is a great side addition to barbecue season. This particular slaw uses one of my favorite Trader Joe's ingredients - shredded brussels sprouts. I have to admit I discovered brussels sprouts only a few years ago, and I can't get enough. Roasting the sprouts until they develop crispy, crunchy edges is my preferred way to prepare, but this slaw is a close second.

Combine shredded brussels sprouts with shredded carrots, coleslaw mix, chopped apples and golden raisins. You can also shred your own brussels sprouts quickly in a food processor if you don't have access to the Trader Joe's version. Either way, this slaw will have a fantastic crunch!

Crunchy Brussels Sprout and Apple Slaw
Feeds a crowd.

3 apples
1 bag shredded carrots
1 bag shredded coleslaw mix
1 bag shredded Brussels sprouts
3/4 cup golden raisins {I used jumbo raisins}

6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
8 Tablespoons 2% Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

*Chop apples into 1/2 inches pieces. Stir in shredded carrots, coleslaw mix, and shredded Brussels sprouts. Add golden raisins.
*Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over slaw. Stir until evenly combined.
*Chill the slaw for at least one hour before serving. The slaw will keep if it is chilled for a few days.