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This apple salad with brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, and an epic maple-balsamic vinaigrette is delicious, nutritious and very easy to prepare.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen in my Instastories that I had a fantastic trip to Washington State to learn all about apple harvesting. I got invited by Super Fresh Growers for the Autumn Glory Season take off, and it was amazing.
We arrived at Yakima, a beautiful place near Seattle. The Seattle-Yakima flight is about 30 minutes a super short trip, but beautiful. The view is to die for, mountains everywhere and out of nowhere, you see a flat area, which turns out to be the perfect place for the orchards of apples, pears, cherries, and vineyards. The first night we spent there, the people of Super Fresh Growers had planned a dinner with the people who work in the packing house and the orchards. All the dinner dishes had apples in some form (and 100% vegan for me), Everything was delicious and unique. The next day we went to the orchards to see the sunrise, we harvested apples, and we learned how they plant them and how they care for each tree. After seeing the whole process, all the love and care that they put into each seed, in each tree, in each fruit … I promise that every apple bite that I take now is filled with respect and appreciation for this people.
After the orchard, we went to the packing house to see how they clean, pack and store the apples. It is the cleanest warehouse I’ve ever seen in my life. And the best part was to see how happy are all the people with their work, every time they explained and talked about the process; they always did it with a smile, respect, and love for their fantastic job.
But the most impressive thing is the taste of apples … Romina told me when she tasted them, “Mommy if I close my eyes and imagine the perfect apple, this is what it tastes like.” And I could not find a better set of words to describe the taste of Autumn Glory apples. They have the perfect amount of sweetness, they are tart and fresh, and they have notes of caramel and cinnamon. And because of this, they are now my go-to apple; this is the apples that I buy every single time now. Even the texture it has are perfect for cooking, cutting or making apple noodles as I did in this apple salad with Brussels sprouts.
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So here is the recipe for this delicious and nutritious
apple salad with brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, and maple balsamic dressing
and I hope you like it. If you do please share the recipe and the blog. And if you try the apples, please let me know what do you think about them in the comment area.
- 2 apples thinly sliced or spiralized
- 4 cups shaved Brussels sprouts or shredded
- 1 cup of seeds of Granada
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 or ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Put in a jar all the vinaigrette ingredients. Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
In a salad bowl add the brussels sprouts, the apples, and the pomegranate seeds. With a spoon, slowly drizzle the vinaigrette on top. Do not add all the dressing; a few drops go a long way.
If you are preparing the salad ahead of time, add some lemon juice to the apple to prevent it from browning.