Healthy crunchy and tangy coleslaw using finely shredded fresh Brussel Sprouts with sweet peppers, red onions and carrots. This coleslaw has a vinaigrette based dressing made with cider vinegar, canola oil, herbs, spices and balanced with honey.
The biggest hurdle working with Brussels Sprouts raw is the bitterness of the aftertaste. It’s similar bitterness to arugula and radicchio, for some individuals this is welcome flavor profile, but for majority it’s just too bitter. So goal is to remove some of bitter notes and add some more sweeter cabbage to achieve balance. Also adding more sweet vegetables like mini sweet peppers and carrots can balance bitterness.
Vinaigrette Coleslaw Dressing
Making a vinaigrette dressing light needs balanced oil to vinegar ratio, the classic is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar this has way too many fats in dressing. Using the proper ingredients with oil and vinegar a 1 to 1 ratio of oil and vinegar can be used. Using the right emulsifier to bind oil and vinegar helps, a sweet fruit purée works wonders. I am thinking Crushed pineapple blended into purée, then adding oil and vinegar. Because vinegar is so acidic and cutting the oil down drastically extra sweetness is the answer to achieve right balance. Honey is one very best sweetner, because of levels of sweetness it brings to the palette.
Boosting the flavor with spices is final step in making the right vinaigrette coleslaw dressing. The key to success is matching right spices, because of amount of bitterness in the Brussels Sprouts keeping more less intense strong spices like dill weed, celery seeds and smaller amounts mustard, these spices and herbs are very common in coleslaw dressing. The last seasoning adjustment is to add in the right amount of salt, pepper and sugar.
Choosing the right foods to go with Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw leads to many creative possibilities, first thought is pairing with fish, pork or poultry dishes. First pairing is with Air Fryer Potato Crusted Fish this be a perfect match with mild fish with more vibrant slaw. Let your thoughts go wild and venturesome, it’s time to be creative and enjoy fruits of your endeavors. Bon appétit.