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  • Writer's pictureDawn Hames

Brussel Sprout Salad

The cold temperatures of winter have finally arrived, as has a bit of snow, with hopefully more on the way. The snow is most welcome, as livestock and wildlife are both in need. Many sloughs and dugouts have dried up, and the need for precipitation is vital. As we enter into colder arctic temperatures, it is uncertain, if we will go back into the warmer and dryer El Nino weather pattern.

During the winter, we often tend to eat more cooked comfort foods, but it is still important to eat greens, fresh foods, and raw foods. This is a great salad, that is filled with so many nutritious ingredients. Brussel sprouts, like all cruciferous vegetables help protect the body from cancer. Brussel sprouts are a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Apple is also a good source of fiber and quercetin. The raising or cranberries add a touch of sweetness, plus the dark raisins are a good source of resveratrol, and the cranberries are a good source of many antioxidant poly phenols, and vitamin C. Sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamin E, which is important for good looking skin. Onions and garlic contain compounds that can help lower blood pressure, and garlic is anti-viral. Even all the ingredients in the dressing have different health benefits. This is truly an amazing and delicious salad and a great way to start 2024. I hope you enjoy it.

Brussel Sprout Salad

4 cups finely chopped Brussel sprouts

1 cup crisp apple

1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons chopped onion

1 clove garlic finely chopped

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Maple Mustard Dressing

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 teaspoons yellow mustard

In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients. In a small bowl combine all the dressing ingredients and stir. Dress the salad with the dressing, and serve.

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