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Raw Brussels Sprouts with Apple, Hazelnut and Maple Salad

Things have been very interesting around here since I started adding recipes for cooked food to the website. As you can imagine, a few people were “horrified” and didn’t hesitate to let me know. Luckily many of you have been wonderfully supportive and are enjoying the cooked recipes, too. I love hearing your thoughts and simply love it when you leave comments!


Brussels Sprouts with apple, hazelnuts and maple. Vegan, raw and oil-free!


I have never promoted a 100% raw diet. I am a “high raw” fan. Probably a “medium raw” fan in the winter (grin). And after learning so much about cooking plant based meals after taking the Rouxbe Professional Plant Based Cooking Course (I know I sound like a commercial, but I truly think it is a fantastic course) I wanted to share the recipes I have been creating for healthy, plant-based (vegan) cooked food, too.

If I told you what my heart wants to say, I would let you know that first and foremost, I want to bring you delicious, healthy recipes. Meals that make you feel good, and fill your body with nutrients. Meals that help the planet and spare the animals. Meals that help improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your health. That is what I want to do.

So, if you are one of our raw fans, don’t despair. There will be plenty of raw recipes coming at you. You can click on the recipe index tab and find over 350 raw recipes!  And if you are one of our cooked fans, thank you for all your support! I am very happy that you are enjoying the new recipe category. We are going to start filing out the natural beauty recipes category very soon.



Raw Brussels Sprouts with Apple, Hazelnut and Maple

The inspiration for my recipes comes from many sources. Today’s recipe inspiration came from having a surplus of brussels sprouts in my fridge. I have been a fan of brussels sprouts for years. I remember using them as a little girl as cabbages for my Barbies! They are a love them, hate them kind of veggie but these days, it seems like more people are loving them.

I started out to create a recipe for brussels sprouts chips. Knowing that apples, hazelnuts and maple are all flavor friends, I started chopping and throwing everything together in a bowl.


Love for Brussels Sprouts!

Kale is out and brussels sprouts are in! Haven’t you heard? Well, in my kitchen kale is still in because I love it and really don’t care about the latest food trends. But brussels sprouts are in too! They have been a favorite of mine for years and I am glad they are finally getting their nutritional due. Here’s why I love them:

  • They have cholesterol lowering properties. Interestingly, even though raw brussels sprouts have this property, steamed brussels sprouts are actually a little better at performing this function.
  • Brussels sprouts can protect our DNA.
  • They are at the top of the cruciferous vegetable list, touting more benefits than any other.
  • They protect us from cancer.

Learn more about the wonderful benefits of brussels sprouts here: Brussels Sprouts

For a great video on Anti-Cancer Veggies, click here: Anti-Cancer Vegetables

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  1. Yvonne wrote on September 26, 2016

    This is my favorite Brussels Sprout dish. I live in Chicago and when it gets cold, I put the salad in my dehydrator to warm it up. Also, I double the marinate to ensure the B.Sprouts are thoroughly coated.


  2. Dana wrote on January 23, 2016

    I just had to tell you that I made this (about 2 hrs ago) and it really IS very good (of course you knew that). So happy to have found such a healthy salad to add to our rotation. The best news is that my girlfriend, who has absolutely NO interest in Brussels Sprouts, actually likes this salad as well (I almost fell over). That says a lot right there. Thanks so much for sharing—this unexpected treat. 🙂

    • Susan wrote on January 25, 2016

      I am so glad you like it, Dana! It is a favorite around here. Cheers!

  3. Dana wrote on January 20, 2016

    Hi Susan ~ If you could please answer my Q (left on Jan. 17th) regarding the spiciness of the salad dressing that would be great. I’m planning on making this, but simply want to know a bit about the mustard powder before I do so. Thanks so much.

    • Susan wrote on January 20, 2016

      Hi, Dana, I will be sure to do that. 🙂

  4. Caterina Snyder wrote on January 20, 2016

    Good for you for expanding your culinary horizons, I can’t wait to see what you come up with now that you have a whole other food world to explore. Your raw recipes are some of the best I’ve ever had, anywhere, so I’m stoked for some hot recipes as well!

    • Susan wrote on January 20, 2016

      Awe, thank you so much, Caterina! I am having a gas with the healthy, whole food, cooked, vegan recipes! So glad you like them.

  5. Dana wrote on January 17, 2016

    This is perfect as I’m looking for more “brussels spout” recipes. But I do have a quick Q. Does the 1 tsp of mustard powder in the dressing make this spicy? I’ve only used mustard powder a couple times in my life (believe it or not) and found it to be really spicy. Perhaps it’s the brand of mustard powder that makes the difference (?).

    • Susan wrote on January 20, 2016

      It does add a tiny amount of spiciness. If you don’t like that, you can always use some dijon mustard. Cheers!

      • Dana wrote on January 20, 2016

        Great. Thanks so much. 🙂

  6. Kathy Hester wrote on January 15, 2016

    I adore Brussels sprouts, but have never really eaten them raw. You’ve convinced me to give it a try!

    • Susan wrote on January 15, 2016

      Thanks so much, Kathy! You will be surprised at how good they are. Cheers!

  7. Marye wrote on January 15, 2016

    I absolutely love fresh Brussels sprouts! This looks so good, I am going to have to try it!

    • Susan wrote on January 15, 2016

      They are so tasty fresh! I hope you love it as much as we do. Thanks for your nice comment! 🙂

  8. Christie wrote on January 15, 2016

    I love seeing Brussels sprouts becoming popular. They deserve it. I have had them a few times Rae and really enjoyed them. I love what you have done with them.

    • Susan wrote on January 15, 2016

      It’s so true, Christie! They are a super nutritious food that we need to be eating more of! 🙂


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