Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post
Here, a vinaigrette made with apple cider vinegar, grainy mustard and a touch of honey ties the elements together and lends a bright punch to the sprouts’ earthiness. It’s such an effortless, healthful side dish, yet it yields a multitude of pleasure. Serve alongside roasted meat or poultry, or atop a smear of hummus.
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/3 cup diced red apple (1/4-inch pieces; unpeeled)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the Brussels sprouts on a rimmed baking sheet, and then toss them with 1 tablespoon of the oil and the salt. Roast (middle rack) for 30 to 40 minutes, until they are deep golden brown, crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
Meanwhile, place the sunflower seeds on a small baking sheet, place in the oven (lower rack) and toast for 6 to 8 minutes, until fragrant. Let cool.
Whisk together the remaining tablespoon of oil, the vinegar, mustard and honey in a liquid measuring cup, to form an emulsified vinaigrette.
Once the Brussels sprouts are done, transfer them to a serving bowl. Toss with the apple, sunflower seeds and dressing; serve right away.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: Calories 140; Total Fat 9g; (Sat Fat 2g, Mono Fat g, Poly Fat g); Protein 4g; Carb 13g; Fiber 5g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 105mg, Sugar 5g