Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Brussels Sprout Salad With Maple-Spiced Ham

6 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 2 Comments

I was originally going to call this Raw Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Spiced Ham but then I cooked up the leftovers and it was even better!

Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Spiced HamI’ve had this idea for some time but never seemed to have fresh brussels sprouts on hand. This week I made sure I had a bag and I’m so glad I did! My instinct was right. This came out super yummy and, best part, it’s so easy! Basically, it’s warm candied ham tossed with brussels sprouts.

That’s it!

And, oh yeah, it makes a huge 2 and 1/2 cup serving for a mere 250 calories!  I love bulky, light dishes. 

Here’s what I did. Take the idea and run with it…

  • 1 lbs fresh brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 oz lean ham, cubed

Prepare the brussels sprouts by cutting off the bottoms and then slicing like mini cabbages.

Cutting Brussels Sprouts

Place them all in a bowl and toss to separate the larger chunks.

Bowl of Cut Brussels Sprouts

In a small bowl, whisk the maple syrup, vinegar, nutmeg, allspice, and salt together. Set aside.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Fry up the ham until it begins to caramelize.

Fried cubed ham

Once you start to see some brown bits, add the maple syrup mixture. It will immediately boil up and begin to reduce.

Candied Ham

Toss the ham to coat then immediately remove from the heat. You don’t want to boil away all the moisture.

Top the brussels sprouts with the warm ham and maple syrup mixture.

Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Spiced Ham - step 1

Toss.

Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Spiced Ham - step 2

That’s it!

You can eat it straight away and I did. The brussels sprouts still had a nice crunch and the ham complimented it perfectly with that touch of sweetness from the syrup. I put the rest in the fridge figuring I’d just pull it out and eat it the next day.

Well, today I pulled it out and it was just too cold from the fridge to enjoy. So I tossed it in a skillet with just a spritz of non-stick cooking spray, which wilted the brussel sprouts just so making it an even tastier warm side dish.

So I could go either way with this one: raw or cooked slightly. Regardless, the slightly spiced maple syrup paired with the ham and the sprouts is a great combo!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 2 and 1/2 cups
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
255 4g 9g old: 5 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
20g 2g 38g 21g

See other recipes using: allspice, apple cider vinegar, brussels sprouts, ham, maple syrup, nutmeg


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    Tina

    December 8, 2014

    Looks delicious. Wow, I don't know how you eat the brussel sprouts raw. I can't eat brussel sprouts raw (gives me awful stomach pains) but I love to sautee it for a few minutes so their softer... yum. Going to make this dish on the weekend.

    Trina

    January 22, 2015

    Sounds great!