The holidays are a busy time! Work from 8-5:30, work parties after that, friend parties on the weekend, and not to mention your own holiday party (mine is tomorrow! EEK, so much to do).
Of course you know the rule, “never show up empty handed”! But after the 4th party in a row, that “special dish” you brought begins to get a bit repetitive…
Over the last few weeks I’ve made cookies, two kinds of dips, and a cheese tray for parties I’ve attended.. I was in need of a new recipe. Next party up was my office party!
This party proposed a bit of an obstacle, a majority of my co-workers are vegetarian or gluten-free (Not me though, I’m a meat and bread kind of gal) so I wanted to bring something that would be compatible with everyone’s palate.
I turned to Pinterest, obviously. Many minutes (let’s be honest, an hour) of Pinterest searching passed and I selected a tasty looking brussels sprout dish from Gimme Some Oven. After a quick Google search (you know I love Google) to make sure quinoa was gluten-free, the recipe was selected and I was on my way to Trader Joe’s to gather ingredients!
I simplified her recipe a bit and added my own twist (bring on the extra pepper!). I bring to you this super simple raw brussels sprout salad! Plus the dried cranberries make it look extra festive for Christmas :)
- 4 cups shredded brussels sprouts
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1.5 cups dried cranberries
- 2/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 1/2 cup orange juice (pulp recommended)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 tbs. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbs. honey
- 1 tbs. ground pepper
- 1.5 tsp. salt
- In a large bowl, combine brussels sprouts, quinoa, dried cranberries, pecans, salt, and pepper.
- In a pouring cup, mix together orange juice, olive oil, vinegar, and honey.
- Right before you're about to serve, pour the dressing overtop of the bowl with sprouts and toss until completely mixed.
- Serve cold and enjoy!
One thing about this recipe… it’s super fast and easy to throw together AS LONG AS you buy pre-shredded brussels sprouts! Don’t make the mistake I did and buy whole sprouts and then spend an hour and a half shredding them the night before. You will go mad… I swear I was seeing brussels sprouts in my nightmares that night.
What are your “go-to” holiday recipes that are easy to throw together and are crowd pleasers? I have 30 hours until my party and still need one more appetizer idea! Please send all of your recipes my way. Bonus points if they are festive!