Growing up in an Asian household, salad was not really a thing that we ate often. The only time I recall ever having western style salads was in the summer when we had a backyard bbq. And, that was maybe only once a year. It was not until I was in my teens that I was properly exposed to salads. I think my first was the classic chicken ceasar salad and boy was it a revelation. The punchy cream dressing was just so good toss with those romaine leaves. I knew I was missing out at this point. After that, I ate ceasar salads…a lot! After that, I tried ranch dressing and fell in love with that so naturally it went in everything. I must have overdid it back then because I cringe at ranch dressing now.
Now as an adult, salads are just part of my life and I often always have some version of it with my meals. They are now heavy on the vegetables and light on the dressing. I absolutely despise overdressed salads. I want to taste the vegetables, not just the dressing! This shaved brussel sprouts salad is perfect for fall. Crunchy brussel sprouts paired with apples and crasins for a touch of sweetness and pumpkin seeds for some additional crunch.