Shaved Brussels Sprout Christmas Salad + A Cookbook Giveaway

You might be a bit confused. No, I don’t celebrate Christmas. I don’t really celebrate anything. Culturally, I connect more to Judaism and will use any excuse to make matzo balls or latkes or devour a big plate of gefilte fish. I’d consider myself more of a secular Jew, one who connects to the community and its general principles, but I don’t believe in a higher power. At least I don’t give it much thought.

But now that I’ve explained that… let’s get back to Christmas. While I don’t celebrate it, my mother in law does. Sort of. Like my own mom, she loves any reason to have her family home for a big dinner. Nothing religious about it, though there is a beautifully decorated tree and some stockings hanging in her living room.  Last year, there were 20 people over for dinner and I had just come across this beautiful Brussels sprout salad from Green Kitchen Stories.  As soon as I looked at the bowl, I knew I was going to replicate it the following Christmas.  I mean, look at these ingredients.  All of my seasonal favorites… fresh citrus, Brussels sprouts, pomegranates, hazelnuts. So many things to love.

I’m not terribly surprised that some of my favorite recipes from this year happen to be creations from David and Louise of Green Kitchen Stories. This summer, I went a little crazy for their potato salad recipe in their cookbook, Vegetarian Everyday. I feel like a giveaway would be a great way to wrap up 2013… and I just adore their cookbook, so I’m going to give away a copy to one lucky A Thought For Food reader.

Here’s how to enter to win a copy of Vegetarian Everyday:

Leave a comment on this post… it can be anything, but I’d love to hear what your favorite dishes were from this year.

Additional entry: Tweet the following and then come back and leave a comment telling us you’ve done so – 

“Check out this Brussels Sprout Salad and giveaway of the @gkstories cookbook over at @myfoodthoughts –

Rules: This giveaway will end on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST.  I’ll pick 1 winner via and that person will be contacted via e-mail.  Two entries per person (one comment, one Tweet) and entrants must have a US mailing address (sorry international friends) and provide a valid email address. Best of luck!

  • December 17, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    Danielle - I have such a short-term memory but one recipe we’ve repeated a lot is Vegan Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    sowmya - This salad looks delicious :)
    If I had to pick only one, Singapore Noodles is my all time fav ..ReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Emily R - We took a Thai cooking class earlier this year and one of our favorite dishes that we continue to replicate from the class is red curry with vegetables. Another favorite on our weekday repertoire was the roasted eggplant and chickpeas dish from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.ReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2013 - 5:41 pm

    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming - spaghetti squash casserole was my go-to dish this year! and probably next year too!ReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Tieghan - This is stunning! A must make wether you celebrate Christmas or not!ReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2013 - 11:13 pm

    Becca F - I love sweet potatoes anything!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 12:41 am

    Tracy - So many great things were eaten this year. But I just made a farro salad with cranberries and goat cheese from Tasty Kitchen that was fabulous.ReplyCancel

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    Yoojin Lee - i’ve been playing in the kitchen with pomegranate lately because it’s in season, and i loooove how bright it makes everything (in flavor and color)! i especially love it on green as a big contrast and holiday feel :)ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 3:02 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - what a gorgeous colourful salad!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 8:52 am

    Sarah H.P. - My favorite dish this year was a slow cooker roast pork I made!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Emily R - One of the best things I cooked all year was a White Bean Caesar Salad with Herbed Garlic Bread from Sandra Lee, of all people!

    (And I’m not the same Emily R who commented above, just to clarify.)ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Malgosia - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 10:03 am

    sarah - I love this Christmas salad! I’ve eaten my fill of chocolate and cookies already; this looks perfect. Thanks for the chance to win! This book is on my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Katrina @ WVS - This salad is truly perfect. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 10:57 am

    Elissa H - Looking forward to trying this salad, what a nice way to balance out all the rich Christmas foods!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Deena - This year I made the boozy cranberry sauce from Avery Cooks and it was a big hit. :)ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 11:42 am

    Jeanette ~ Jeanette's Healthy Living - Love the holiday colors in this beautiful winter salad!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Hilary L - This salad is right up my food alley! Looking back over the year, I would have to say that I have been on a consistent salad kick but it has to involve a red wine dressing! I can’t get enough!!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    Eileen - What a vibrant & beautiful salad! I love the idea of combining dark winter greens with acidic fruit. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 5:27 pm

    Christina - Anything with sherry vinegar – it’s my fave.ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    Kate - Your photos are always so stunning, Brian. I wouldn’t have thought to use brussels sprouts as a base for a citrus salad, but I’m kind of obsessed with the idea now. I don’t have a copy of Green Kitchen Story’s book yet, either!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Jillian - Vegetarian Everyday is already on my wish list! My favorite dish this year has got to be the Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Casserole from the True Food cookbook.ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 7:02 am

    Joanne - We celebrate in a very non-religious way also…it’s mostly all about the food and the gifts! And I guess, you know. Family time. 😛 I LOVE this salad! Full of fresh beautiful ingredients. Now if only I could get the.boy to like brussels sprouts.

    I’ve had Vegetarian Everyday on my wish list for ages! Favorite dish this year…whoa that’s hard. Hmm. Probably anything I’ve made from Ottolenghi.ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 8:01 am

    R - This sounds so fabulous! Will def make tonightReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 11:38 am

    Jason - I have really been into making all sorts of different stuffed grilled bell peppers! So easy, so awesome! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak - I think one of my favorite dishes from this year is the kale and goat cheese salad from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Thanks for doing this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    DessertForTwo - This salad is absolutely stunning. My favorite dish this year? As in, favorite dish ever? Hmm…I ate a lot of Otsu this year (the recipes is from 101 cookbooks).ReplyCancel

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    meredith - My favorite meal was my mom’s awesome butternut squash soup and pumpernickle rollsReplyCancel

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    meredith - I tweeted!ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - fabulous looking Christmas salad!ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    Meryl - Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    Monet - What a lovely giveaway Brian. You are always so thoughtful in your posts and your prizes :) This would truly be a great gift to receive! As for favorite dishes? Goodness…I would have to say that Ryan and I both fell in love with a Sesame Ramen recipe we found in an old cookbook. Perfect for our cool Colorado nights. Hugs and love to you and your sweet family.ReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) - You’ve totally distracted me from even the thought of Christmas with this stunning salad. I love everything about it!! Especially the hazelnuts. Must make this.ReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Katie - That salad looks amazing – I need to try it! Favorite dish of the year is probably a simple baked potato soup recipe that I’ve been loving in this cold weather.ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2013 - 2:01 am

    Carolsue - I think I left my comment in the wrong place…

    I just discovered a recipe for Snickerdoodle Fudge that was amazing! So I guess that….along with the normal stuff like roast turkey and baked ham.ReplyCancel

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    Carolsue Anderson - I just discovered a recipe for Snickerdoodle Fudge that was amazing! So I guess that….along with the normal stuff like roast turkey and baked ham.ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Adri - What a lovely salad. With the varying testures and bright flavor of the pomegranate and orange, I bet it is quite refreshing. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Marjorie Wong Mishkin - Love anything with pomegranate.ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    Carol Ross Baumann - Looks yummyReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    Carol Ross Baumann - The potato salad is outstanding.ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    Faye - Probably my favorite dish this year was a Cuban roast pork with some really good Cuban black beans.ReplyCancel

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    Marleen Valdes - I know your mom so I live when u mention her! ReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2013 - 9:43 am

    deb - Definitely making this! Printing it now for my collection!
    My fav recipe of the year is Shanghainese sauce from Richard Wong’s “Modern Asian flavors.” I use it midweek on wok cooked anything from chicken and veggies to bok choy and tofu. So easy and so flavorful!ReplyCancel

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    Stacey M - I think my favorite would have to be this one.ReplyCancel

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    beverly thornton - Love your blog fresh photo shots are inspirational.The beauty is in your sharing with us.Please enter this in your giveaway.Thank you.BevReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Sarah - This year, my favorite recipe was a blueberry jam. I learned how to can this year, and it’s already a favorite.ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    Sarah - I tweeted the comment above. I also realized that I was not following you on Twitter. I have rectified that error. :-)ReplyCancel

  • December 26, 2013 - 1:02 am

    jerin merina - I have needed some quick recipes. This sounds delicious. Thank you for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • December 26, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Lindsay - I learned to love kale this year!ReplyCancel

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    Lindsay Bonnett - I tweeted: “Check out this Brussels Sprout Salad and giveaway of the @gkstories cookbook over at @myfoodthoughts –“ReplyCancel

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    itzia - I enjoyed sweet potatoes this yearReplyCancel

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    Danielle Jones - I made a veggie lasagna using zucchini for the noodles. It was very good.ReplyCancel

  • December 27, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Aaron - Any recipes with Brussels sprouts were great for us this year.ReplyCancel

  • December 27, 2013 - 8:28 pm

    Michelle - Browned butter was something I’ve enjoyed this year! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

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