Tossed in a creamy tahini garlic dressing and mixed with dried cherries and toasted pine nuts, Brussels sprouts have never tasted so good.
Confession: I will eat just about anything smothered in tahini. If you’re not familiar, tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. You can find it in most grocery stores, ethnic markets, and online. Growing up, my mom would use it to coat roasted fish but it also tastes delicious with chicken shawarma in a pita or as a dipping sauce with roasted vegetables.
Speaking of vegetables, Brussels sprouts are in season and are at their peak flavor right now. While I normally love my Brussels roasted with lots of bacon, I decided to give them a quick blitz in the food processor and turn them into a raw slaw with a creamy tahini, garlic and lemon vinaigrette.
Since today is a special occasion, I decided to serve this Brussels slaw with an addictive little crostini made with olive oil, salt and a good pinch of earthy za’atar.
If the thought of raw Brussels makes you want to run for the hills, I urge you to reconsider. The acid in the lemon juice breaks down the raw-ness and the creamy, luscious tahini and addictive garlic totally sends it to the next level. Of course eating it on a crispy za’atar crostini doesn’t hurt either.
Your fork is waiting.
Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing
Za’atar Toasted Crostini
- 1 French baguette (sliced)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons za’atar
- kosher salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and toast pine nuts on a baking sheet until golden brown, 5-7 minutes; set aside.
- Remove the stems and halve Brussels sprouts then place in a food processor. Pulse until roughly chopped or use the slicer attachment to thinly slice. Alternatively, you can use a mandolin or simply thinly slice with a knife.
- In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, grated garlic, salt and pepper. Slowly stream in up to 1/4 cup of warm water until you’ve reached a slightly thin and creamy consistency.
- Add chopped Brussels to the bowl and toss to coat in the tahini dressing. Stir in the dried cherries and toasted pine nuts; set aside.
- To prepare the crostini, spread baguette slices in an even layer on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with za’atar and a pinch of kosher salt. Bake until golden brown, 7-9 minutes.
- Serve Brussels slaw with za’atar crostinis.
Love these Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing, these seems super amazing and unique. My kids gonna love this recipe, thanks for sharing with us.
The toasted zaatar and the brussels with tahini dressing complement each other so well the dish had my guest licking their fingers!
I’m so glad you loved it!!
This brussels slaw tahini dressing recipe so extravagant:) I’m afraid I will not find the ingredients for this recipe! Thx for sharing Liz!
I’m with you with the tahini. Love it – and this recipe looks great.
Thank you so much!
I wish this salad was sitting in front of me right now. Yum!
Brussels sprouts are one thing I have a hard time being creative with, and I always feel bad when they’re in season, looking good, and I can’t think of what to do with them. So, thanks for the wonderful, unique idea! Can’t wait to try it.
Yes I almost always roast them with bacon but I’m trying to be more creative!
Tahini AND za’atar AND brussels sprouts. You’re really winning me over with this one.
I’m so glad to hear that. :)
I don’t eat nearly enough brussels! This looks fantastic!
Thank you girl!
THREE WORDS…za’atar. toasted. crostini.
I need this in my life!!
This looks sooo good! I LOVE Brussels sprouts salads!
I’m all about raw brussels right now. Like ALL about them. Love it!!
oh, I am ALL over this!!
Thank you Liz for the nice recipe.
Hope you’re doing well Liz!
Give me all the tahini too!! I went to make hummus last week and I was out of tahini. I nearly cried! I love, love, LOVE this crostini, Liz. Totally perfect for a baby shower!
Oh man I’ve been there!!! It is the worst!!! I made your egg sandwich last night (a close version anyway) – SO GOOD!!
YUM, I am crazy for za’atar AND tahini, so this looks insanely delicious to me! Even though I would never have thought of using raw brussels in a dip, I’m totally converted.
I could eat za’atar and tahini every day!! It’s a problem. :)
Seriously freaking out over how tasty this slaw/crostini sitch looks. YUM.
Aww thank you girl!!! It was so good – even the little ones were eating it!
Liz I love everything about this! If I can spread it on a crostini then it’s my bff! I’m so making this soon with a side of merlot <3
Why are crostinis so dang good??!
This looks Phen-omenal, Liz! I’m so glad I have brussels sprouts stocked, and tahini too, duh. :)
Thank you so much Aimee!! I hope you try it – tahini is the bomb.com
ohmygosh I need this to happen in my kitchen ASAP. Love everything about this!
Thank you so much Jessica!!