In the winter, my husband marvels at the winter white landscape that surrounds us whenever we do the commute to Woodstock. He sees the lake covered with untouched snow and slows down to get a better look. I don’t. I see branches bowing heavy with unwanted burden and I look away. All I want to do is go home and make a fire. And eat. The cold crimps my style. I can’t drink my green juices in public because my lips turn blue. It is drunk indoors with a blanket over me. When I get suggestions to put jalapeno or ginger in them to keep the cold at bay, I know this person probably purees their raw soup in a blender for an extra twenty seconds to enjoy it warm. I secretly roll my eyes and think, really? But when it comes to salads, I find the hearty greens like kale and savoy spinach keep me warm because all the chewing turns it into a mini workout and gets my heart pumping. Halfway through my salad, my clothes are coming off because, boy, is it hot! Really? No, but there is a reason why this salad with kale and shredded Brussel sprouts keeps making its way to our dinner table; it is pungent, spicy, garlicky and immensely satisfying, a real winter salad.

Ideally this salad should be eaten with a spouse over a warm fire and a bottle of Pinot Noir but under a blanket is fine too.

You can shred the kale in a food processor and pulse until it is in tiny bite sized pieces. I suggest using the shredding blade of a food processor for the Brussel sprouts. If you are brave enough, use a mandoline; I use a knife.

To keep the recipe vegan, omit the cheese.

Serves four

1 bunch kale, in bite size pieces
2 cups shredded Brussel sprouts
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cranberries or currants, optional

1 tbs Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs minced shallot
1 tbs fresh grated horseradish
3 tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup shredded raw sheep Pecorino or raw Parmesan Reggiano, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and process in a blender.

Combine the kale and brussel sprouts, almonds and cranberries in a large bowl. Toss with the dressing coating thoroughly. Garnish with cheese, if using.


  1. having ‘pigged out’ on disgracefully rich french food for a few days….THAT recipe Doris, is just what ‘the doctor’ ordered!!!!xx

  2. Fresh horseradish is hard to come by where I live. Can you please recommend an alternative? Would English mustard do? Thank you in advance!!! I bought everything else already. Can’t wait to eat!

    • You can buy horseradish mustard or just use the prepared horseradish. Fresh is always better but they both are decent substitutes.

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