Make Ahead

Brussels Sprouts & Apple Salad with Cheddar & Rye Bread Crumbs

September 27, 2016
3 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Makes 2 lunches
Author Notes

With its Brussels sprouts, apple, cheddar, rye bread, and mustard, this hearty salad is the kind of thing you’ll want alongside a sausage and beer on a Saturday, but—good news—it’s also light enough for Tuesday’s lunch, and making it won’t drag you down, either. The mustard-coated Brussels sprouts roast on a baking sheet next to another where torn pieces of rye bread are toasting. Then there’s some quick knife work cubing apples and cheddar, and some graceful dressing-whisking, and you have lunch. To take this salad to work, pack up the Brussels sprouts, bread crumbs, arugula, and cheese separately, and bring the cut apples in the vinaigrette so that the acid in the dressing keeps the apples from browning. Toss everything together when you’re hungry. —Ali Slagle

What You'll Need
  • 3/4 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Dijon mustard, for drizzling
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 slices Jewish rye bread
  • 1 tart, crisp apple (like Granny Smith or Jonagold)
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup arugula
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Dump the Brussels sprouts into a bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and the red pepper flakes, and drizzle with enough olive oil and mustard to coat. Give the Brussels sprouts a good toss with your hands, making sure they’re well-coated with oil and mustard. Spread evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast, stirring once for even browning, until crispy and cooked through about 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, tear the bread into small pieces (about 1/2-inch squares). On another parchment-lined baking sheet, spread the bread crumbs out, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil until lightly coated. Toast in the oven until golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes.
  3. Peel and core the apple, then cut it into small (say, ½ inch) cubes. Cube the cheddar the same size, too. In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, lemon, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Then whisk in about 3/4 cup olive oil—enough so that the dressing is emulsified and tastes good to you.
  4. Once the Brussels sprouts are at room temperature, add them to a mixing bowl with the apple, cheddar, and arugula. Pour over a little vinaigrette (you may not need all of it), gently toss, and add more vinaigrette if the salad looks dry. Then add the bread crumbs and serve.

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2 Reviews

Taylor S. October 5, 2020
Excellent combination!
Noreen F. January 3, 2017
I didn't love the rye bread crumbs, but the rest was yummy. If I try it again, I'll use a lighter rye (I had pumpernickel to use up), and I'll be very sure to get them really crispy.