Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Dijon Vinaigrette

Really?? Another Brussels Sprouts recipe?  Yes, my friend. Another recipe with my favorite little fun veggies. Usually we eat them steamed or sautéed, basically cooked right? Well, have you ever tried them raw?

Brussel Sprouts Farmer's Market (1)

Many people will shave them, as in grate them, and toss them in lemon and oil, or use them as a filling in a veggie sandwich. However, when eating Brussels sprouts raw they taste very much like raw cabbage. Some people love it (like me), some people don’t. Most prefer them cooked until they take on a bright green more appetizing color.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Vinaigrette

I have a recipe for raw sprouts tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette topped with pecans and parmesan cheese. Even the biggest skeptic in my house (Chad) loved it.

Shaved Sprouts

While it is time consuming to grate each sprout on a hand-held grater, it takes less than 2 minutes to shave them with a food processor using a grater blade. So easy and saves your knuckles from being sliced up.

Sprouts Salad with Pecans Beauty and the Beets

The entire dish can be whipped up in 5 minutes. I will make the Dijon Vinaigrette up to 24 hours in advance but you can also whisk it up last minute. Then just grate the sprouts and mix everything together.

Brussels Sprouts Pecans Dijon Vinaigrette Beauty and the Beets

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, shaved
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, lightly chopped
  • 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese (use fresh cheese not the grated can stuff)
For the Vinaigrette
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1½ tsp dijon mustard
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
  1. To make the vinaigrette whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and dijon mustard. Add the salt, pepper and parsley and continue to whisk until the ingredients are emulsified. (Or add all the ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake vigorously)
  2. In a medium serving bowl, fold together the Brussels sprouts, pecans and parsley.
  3. Lightly dress the sprouts with the vinaigrette and divide into serving bowls.
  4. Top with shaved Parmesan just before serving.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Dijon Vinaigrette Beauty and the Beets

What do you think? Do you like raw Brussels Sprouts?

Friday Favorites- Homemade Beauty Scrubs

Happy Friday!!  Welcome to Friday Favorites and a special thanks to Heather from Housewife Glamour for hosting our fabulous FF party!  I just love reading everyone’s favorites of the week.

This week I am sharing some of my most favorite recipes for homemade beauty products. I like to keep it real simple- I don’t get into all those complicated recipes that you have to cook and use a double boiler and chill for hours etc. My most favorite homemade beauty recipes are for scrubs- specifically for the hands, feet, lips and the face.

1. Rosemary Mint Hand Scrub

Sabon hand scrub

Have you ever walked by Sabon Boutique in New York City? It’s a store filled with all kinds of beauty pampering products but one thing they offer is a complimentary hand scrub treatment. If you ever get a chance, give it a whirl. Wow. We so often neglect our hands yet they work so hard for us in our everyday life.  Why not give them a little love?

Rosemary Mint Sugar Hand Scrub


1 1/2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Coconut Oil
5-10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
5-10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil


In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, salt, and coconut oil. Stir until well mixed. Add 2 drops each of rosemary and peppermint  oil. Stir until the scent is evenly distributed throughout the sugar and salt mixture. Continue to add drops of the rosemary and peppermint oil until the desired scent level is achieved. Add the scrub to a jar and tighten the lid to seal.

Here’s another recipe I got from the BlogHerFood Conference this past May from Sunkist if you prefer something more citrus-y:

Zesty Grapefruit Sugar Scrub


3/4 cup sugar scrub
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup fresh squeezed Sunkist grapefruit juice
1 tbsp honey


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Apply to your hands by dipping a sliced grapefruit in the grapefruit sugar mixture. In addition to the massaging skin benefits, the grapefruit will also work to brighten nails. Follow the treatment with a luke-warm soaked wash cloth.


2. Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Lip scrub

Another area we forget to exfoliate is our lips. Nobody wants dry flaky lips. I love doing this at least once a week.

Coconut Oil Sugar Lip Scrub


Coconut Oil
Brown Sugar


Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of honey. Stir until they form a pasty mixture and then add two teaspoons of brown sugar. Mix until everything is well blended. Add the scrub to a clean jar and tighten the lid to seal.


3. Baking Soda Facial Scrub

The absolute easiest and cheapest thing in the whole world. Why spend more than a buck on a facial scrub?  Baking soda does the trick just fine. Mix a little baking soda with enough water to make a paste and apply to skin gently in a circular motion. Then rinse. That’s it. Nothing to it right? I swear my skin glows after I do this.

4. Peppermint Foot Scrub

Coconut oil foot scrub

Who doesn’t love a pampering pedicure? I love going to a salon and get my tootsies spoiled but it can really get expensive. Check out this super easy recipe for a homemade foot scrub:

Peppermint Foot Scrub


Granulated Sugar
Coconut Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil


Take 1 cup granulated sugar and pour into a mixing bowl. Gradually add the Olive Oil or Coconut Oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet, but grainy consistency. Add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. Transfer the scrub to a cute jar and generously on your feet!


5. Dry Brushing

Skin brushing

I usually skip using or making body scrubs in the shower, mostly because it leaves an oily slippery floor. Instead, my Mom turned me on to the benefits of dry brushing. Not only does it exfoliate your skin, it has also been proven to improve circulation and releases toxins from your system. It increases blood flow and is thought to assist with digestive issues. It is very easy. Before you hop into the shower, grab a dry brush and begin to scrub your skin in a gentle circular motion. Start at your feet and work your way up.

  • Choose a brush with natural fibers.
  • Brush skin once a day, ideally before a morning shower.
  • Use long upward strokes- from feet to legs, from hands to shoulders. Always towards the heart.
  • Do not use on broken skin.
  • Clean brush once a week with soap and water.

Of course about anything can be made at home nowadays from lip gloss to hair masks. Some are great, but be wary of those that promise to grow your hair in 1 week or take 6 inches off your hips in 3 days. Not everything on Pinterest can be trusted as we have all probably learned! Happy Friday!

What are some of your favorite homemade beauty recipes?