Asian Sprout & Sesame Salad

I know, I know, brussel sprouts aren’t everyone’s favourite vegetable but I do love a good sprout!!

Sprouts are similar to cabbage and depend hugely on how you choose to cook them. Boiling either vegetable until they are see through isn’t a great look and doesn’t taste one bit nice.

My top tip for cabbage is to slice it thinly and sauté with some oil and garlic or ginger for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.

Sprouts can also be lightly cooked, sliced and pan fried or roasted in some cider and honey like I tend to do for Christmas.

Here is another way to cook sprouts that combines elements of the two recipes and adds some Asian flavours.

Serves 4 as a side.

  • 100g brussel sprouts, trimmed & outer leaves discarded
  • 100g tenderstem or regular broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 100g red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp rice/white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh cranberries/pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  1. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Once boiling add the whole brussel sprouts and broccoli florets. Cook for 2 minutes. Strain and refresh under cold running water until fully cooled.
  2. Slice one third of the sprouts in half, quarter another third and leave the remaining third whole.
  3. Place the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan and toast until they turn a golden colour. Remove from the pan and set aside for later.
  4. Place the coconut oil in the frying pan and melt over a medium heat. Once melted add the ginger and sprouts. Cook for 5-8 minutes until slightly browned.Asian Sprouts & Sesame Salad; Delalicious
  5. In a mixing bowl, mix the red cabbage, honey and vinegars together until well combined.
  6. To serve: place the broccoli and fried sprouts on a plate, scatter over the red cabbage followed by the cranberries, sesame seeds, olive oil and lemon zest.Asian Sprout & Sesame Salad; Delalicious
Happy cooking,
Sinéad
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