A delicious, slaw-like Shredded Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad topped with crunchy leftover bread croutons, toasted pecans and dried sour cherries – the perfect edition to your Boxing Day spread.
For the Shredded Sprout Salad
- large handful stale bread, cut into 2 cm cubes
- light oil
- 200g (7 oz) brussels sprouts
- small handful fresh parmesan shavings
- small handful dried sour cherries (see note)
- small handful toasted pecans, roughly chopped
For the Caesar Dressing
- 1 small garlic clove, peeled
- 4 anchovy fillets, packed in oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise
- 25g (1/4 cup) freshly grated parmesan cheese
- To make the croutons heat just enough oil to cover the bottom of a medium frying pan over a medium high heat. Once the oil is shimmering fry the croutons, turning as each side turns golden before turning them out onto a kitchen paper lined plate to cool.
- Next, make the dressing by blitzing all the ingredients together in a mini chopper. Set aside.
- Using a large, heavy, very sharp knife trim the bottom of each sprout, peel off any whole leaves that come away, and shred the rest of the sprout as thin as you can – alternatively, use a mandolin. You should be left with a lovely mix of delicate leaves and shredded slaw.
- Toss the sprouts with 2/3 of the dressing in a large bowl before transferring to a serving platter. Scatter over the croutons, parmesan shavings, sour cherries and roughly chopped pecans before drizzling over the rest of the dressing.
This salad is designed to be enjoyed immediately, but it won’t come to any harm leaving it for an hour or two!
If you can’t find dried sour cherries, use dried cranberries instead.