Brussels Sprouts & Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts

It's a tough time of year for fresh vegetables at the farmers market. I saw this in the Sunday paper right before I left for the Schenectady Greenmarket. Perfect timing. I was able to pick up brussels sprouts from Barbers Farms and Wine Crisp apples from Maynard Farms.

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This yummy salad was super-easy to make. The taste of bitter sprouts with the sweet, crisp apple was perfect. I don't know that I've ever caramelized nuts before but these tasted like the ones you buy on the street in NYC in those little paper cones. I'm glad I made extra! One word of caution: The recipe specifies cooking the brussels sprouts for 8 minutes. I figured this would work as a do-ahead while I finished cooking everything else. When I sampled the salad at 7 minutes it was PERFECT. Really incredibly good. After sitting for half an hour or so and being reheated, the brussels sprouts got more bitter and the salad, though tasty was not amazing. Next time I'll cook it right before I'm ready to serve it.

Salad ingredients: oil, brussels sprouts, tart apple, salt, and rosemary. Topping: chopped walnuts, butter & sugar. For the full recipe, go to