Thursday, July 28, 2016

Trader Joe's Shaved Brussels Sprouts

One of my favorite salads has become any of a number of primarily lettuce-based Trader Joe's bagged salads combined with a bag of TJ's Cruciferous Crunch Collection. However, the latter has big hunks of raw Brussels sprouts, which I don't mind, but Nina doesn't care for.

Today I was reaching for the CCC again when I spotted this sitting next to it. It's just Brussels sprouts--unlike the CCC, which also has kale, broccoli, green cabbage, and red cabbage. However, the sprouts are chopped much more finely. I thought that might make them go down better. So I grabbed it plus TJ's Organics Herb Salad Mix.

I thought the texture was a hit. The chopped sprouts added little bits of chewy-crunchiness throughout what is otherwise a uniformly soft salad. So a success on that point. However, it was too much of the Brussels sprouts taste. It dominated and made a not particularly pleasant clash with the herbs of the other salad bag.

What TJ's needs is the blend that is in the CCC, but with the sprouts component shaved down like this, instead of in the big chunks. That would be perfect. Are you listening, Trader Joe's?

Will I buy it again? 

No. It didn't solve my problem, just exchanged a texture problem for a taste problem.


  1. Try mixing the shaved Brussels sprouts with shredded red cabbage and your favorite coleslaw dressing. It's a tasty variation on slaw, if you're a slaw person.

  2. Get the kale and broccoli slaw mix bag and add some of the shredded sprouts, then mix well with your dressing (the one with the kale broccoli slaw is a bit sweet) and let it sit for a good hour or so and it will get a little more tender but still very crunchy.

  3. these are great if you mix with cauliflower and cook in boiling water then drain, mash and add butter, salt and pepper - great side dish instead of mashed potatoes. Also they are great if you boil and mix with TJ's chunks of butternut squash and mash with butter, salt and pepper.