Whether you’re looking for an easy healthy side dish to compliment your Thanksgiving feast, or just trying to lighten up your meals in the days leading up to Thursday, this salad fits the bill. Vegan & gluten free, it appeases a crowd with myriad dietary restrictions, but tastes delicious enough to make everyone else around the table happy as well. The acidic bite from the lemon and capers in this dressing perfectly offsets all the classic buttery, creamy, rich Thanksgiving dishes, and serves as a welcome counterpoint to all the cooked and mashed vegetables. Shred the sprouts and whisk together the dressing the night before to take one item off your list. This salad also travels well and makes for delicious leftovers.
Total Time: 20 minutes
1/3 cup vegan mayo (Veganaise is a favorite)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
zest from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon capers, minced, plus extra to garnish
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
flake sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
3 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
croutons of your choice (whole wheat, gluten free, even cornbread!)
4 almonds, grated to serve
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, minced capers, nutritional yeast, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a larger bowl, massage the shredded Brussels sprouts with ½ the dressing to soften them slightly. Mix in the parsley and croutons, then transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with the extra dressing to taste, then grate over the almonds with a microplane or zester to serve. Sprinkle over some extra capers, and enjoy!
Notes: Shred the Brussels sprouts with a food processor, or trim the ends, slice them in half lengthwise, then thinly slice them into half-moons.
This little salad stealer couldn’t wait for a bite!
This sweet and spicy cocktail is just the thing to liven up all your holiday entertaining. Sweet cider mixes with peppery ginger beer for a match made in cocktail heaven. Set out the ingredients for these Moscow Mules at your next party and let your guests play bartender.
Total Time: 5 minutes
8 ounces apple cider
8 ounces chilled vodka
1 lime, halved
Splash of ginger beer, to taste
Cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and lime slices, for garnish
Fill two copper mugs with ice.
Pour over 4 ounces of vodka into each glass. Squeeze over the juice of ½ a lime into each mug, then pour over the apple cider.
Stir each glass until well combined, and then top up with a splash of ginger beer.
Garnish each glass with a slice of apple and lime, and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all heavy starches and fatty dishes. This recipe is packed with good for you greens and fiber rich farro, tied together with just enough dairy to make it feel like a celebration. Greens like kale, chard, and spinach are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants that lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even help to slow your absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals, preventing that energy crash and burn, or “food coma” feeling. They also boost your immune system and help fight off those pesky colds. Make this dish as a vegetarian side for your Thanksgiving feast, and as cozy hearty recipe all winter long.