3 cups of brussels sprouts, with the leaves taken off — blanched

1.5 cups raw brussel sprouts, sliced thin (I used the center part of the ones I took the leaves off) 

dried cranberries

mandarin oranges

bacon pieces 


sliced apple

1/3 cup olive oil

2 TBSP maple syrup

1.5 TBSP lemon juice 

2 tsp dijon mustard

2 TBSP apple cider vinegar 

1 small garlic clove, minced

salt + pepper

red pepper flakes

Let’s make the dressing —> in a mason jar combine olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, spices & minced garlic. Put the lid on and shake to blend everything together. To make the salad, blanch the brussels sprouts —> put the leaves in simmering water for 45 seconds, and then strain and put them in ice water. The color will be BEAUTIFUL! Next dry them off and add to a bowl. Top with sliced brussels sprouts, cranberries, oranges, apple slices and bacon — anything would be good in this salad — strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Add the dressing & toss everything together. Top with shaved fresh parm, cracked black pepper & red pepper flakes.