Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Brussels Sprouts Salad Two Ways - Nov 9, 2010

Variations on a Theme

"Two ways" might be a stretch, since the only difference between the bowls is the topping. Nick wanted some smoked trout on top of his salad, and I opted for some Pecorino-Romano cheese. So there you have it. This can be categorized as another autumn salad meal. We used Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend which includes Israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa, for our grain base. To this we added a little chopped bacon, some Brussels sprouts (both the sprouts and the leaves), and toasted walnuts. We added a some fresh orange zest too. We came across this amazing flavor combo at Bar La Grassa a couple weeks ago in a gnocchi dish, loved it, and promptly decided to copy it in our home kitchen. Next time you're making anything in the cabbage family (broccoli, cauliflower...) add some orange zest and give it a try.
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