With the holiday season upon us, it’s all about entertaining with delicious, impressive dishes. We’ve partnered with Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt to bring you recipes, ideas, and tips inspired by the season.
When it comes to the holidays, the classics are the best but it’s also great to have something a bit fresh on the table to offset the buttery mashed potatoes and candied yams. This salad combines the classic flavors of the holiday in an only slightly indulgent way. Finely shaved Brussels sprouts are tossed with tart, dried cranberries (cherries or raisins would do in a pinch), along with sweet candied bacon and a flurry of grated Parmesan.
Making candied bacon is as simple as roasting bacon with a bit of dark brown sugar to get a sweet, salty and smoky flavor that is completely irresistible. Keep an eye on it in the oven—the sugar can burn if it’s over-baked.
To save time, shave the Brussels sprouts the day before and then toss the salad just before serving.