Brussels Sprouts Salad with Fingerling Potato, seasoned with Caraway Seeds and Juniper Berries

by Irvin on May 19, 2014 · 6 comments

This wonderful and unique brussels sprouts salad has fingerling potatoes and is seasoned with the unusual combination of caraway seeds and juniper berry!

Brussels Sprout Salad with Fingerling Potatoes, Caraway Seeds and Juniper Berries. Easy, made from scratch recipe from Irvin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

My partner AJ has repeatedly told me how our refrigerator scares him. He goes into there to get his milk and cheese, but otherwise he steers clear of it. No, it’s not because I have old expired food that I refuse to throw out (though certainly I’ve been known to discover a few forgotten wrinkled apples buried in the back what need to be composted now and then), but rather, it’s because I’ve packed it full various produce, not to mention the huge amount of eggs and butter I have stocked there for my recipe development. So packed in fact, that when he wants something other than his aforementioned dairy products, he just asks me to get it for him. So it did not surprise him when I decided to clean out the fridge and came up with the ingredients for this brussels sprouts salad with fingerling potatoes seasoned with caraway seeds and juniper berries. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Brussels Sprout Salad with Fingerling Potatoes, Juniper Berries and Caraway Seeds. Easy, made from scratch recipe from Irvin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Honestly, I think a lot of my recipes that I make come about from me trying to frantically use up ingredients that I have in my fridge, before they go bad. I had found brussels sprouts languishing in the bottom shelf of our packed fridge from I don’t know when (thankfully they still looked good) and those potatoes were hanging around from a side dish for a steak I had made a few past as well. AJ and I were heading up to Napa for a picnic and as I brainstormed for the sort of dishes that I could bring up for a picnic, this one just sort of came together.

Brussels Sprout Salad with Baby Potatoes, Juniper Berries and Caraway Seeds. An easy, made from scratch recipe from Irvin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

The hardest part was NOT to reach for the bacon as an addition. It’s not that I don’t love the combination of bacon and brussels sprouts, it’s just that I tend to ALWAYS put bacon in with brussels sprouts and I really wanted to do something different. Plus a friend of mine joining us was vegetarian so I wanted something friendly to everyone (someone else at the picnic was gluten free but this is naturally gluten free so no big deal). Then I remember reading about a recipe by April Bloomfield that combines Brussels sprouts with juniper berry, the herb that gives gin it’s signature flavor. I was sold on the idea. And once you taste this dish, you will be too.

If you like this brussels sprouts salad recipe, check out some of these other brussels sprout dishes from around the web.

Orangette’s Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts
Simple Bites’ Brussels Sprouts Nachos
Gimme Some Oven’s Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Completely Delicious’ Brussels Sprouts and Farro Salad with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese
Sprouted Kitchen’s Kale & Slivered Brussels Sprout Soba Noodles

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CookMom May 19, 2014 at 7:33 am

Love Brussels Sprouts Salad, I try my best, and successful. Thank you very much!

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The Suzzzz May 19, 2014 at 7:48 am

I always have the best intentions of making the gorgeous recipes you post, then I lose my cooking ambition or I’m stuck working 12 hour days or I don’t have the energy to go shopping and end up eating cold cereal. But I swear by all that is holy, I WILL make this recipe.

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Miss Kim @ behgopa May 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I am the same way! I always end up creating unplanned dishes to get rid of whatever I have laying around in my fridge or pantry before they go bad. I just hate to have my money wasted by throwing out food items gone bad. Sometimes they turn out to be the best creations.

Your dish looks great. AJ is a lucky dude!

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Shikha @ Shikha la mode May 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I thought that was cheese at first, but then I saw it was lemon – which makes this such a great spring dish!

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Adri May 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

Beautiful, and congrats fro keeping your hands off the bacon. It is a welcome change!

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John@startingoutslow.com June 8, 2014 at 9:08 am

After review, I decided to try Brussel Sprouts again. For years I have the worst luck with them, either I don’t know how to cook them, pick them out fresh, or something else. I love cabbage, so I should like these, I don;t know what it is. This recipe looks good, and I am going to try again.

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