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A Taste of the Tropics: Brussels Sprout Salad with Mango & Feijoa

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Tropical Brussels Sprout Salad with Mango & Feijoa
Raise your hand if you like tropical fruits?! Can you see my hand up?? It was only a couple weeks ago that I posted some fabulous mango recipes, using the various mangos sent to me by the great folks at the Mango Board. My kids were upset that I used up most of the mangos for my recipes, as they love to eat them straight up. Boy were they surprised to see a big box full of Golden Atoulfo Mangos sitting on the counter when they came home from school last week!

I also received another fabulous package in the mail, this time from Melissa’s Produce: Some feijoas!

A who-a-what??

Say it with me: Fay-o-ah

Feijoa aka Pineapple Guava

The first time I tried this tangy fruit was during breakfast and lunch at Camp Blogaway. Melissa’s Produce had provided gorgeous fruit platters, brimming with all kinds of fruits. I spotted one that I didn’t recognize, and loved it immediately. Sweet, yet sour and oh-so-aromatic, I had to find out what this fruit was.

I spoke with Nancy, from Melissa’s, and she told me all about the feijoa, (a.k.a. The Pineapple Guava) and asked, “Would you like me to send you some?”

Heck yeah!

Tropical Brussels Sprout Salad with Mango & Feijoa

I received a beautiful collection of exotic fruits & veggies, including these lovely feijoas. While they were ripening on my counter, a friend of mine happened to stop by and she immediately recognized the fruit, as she grew up in Guam. She smiled as she sniffed it, recalling how it brought back wonderful memories for her.

I knew I wanted to make a salad with this tart fruit so I paired it with my mangos. Add in some baby bell peppers (thank you again, Melissa’s!), cilantro, lime juice & EVOO. Toss in some shredded brussels sprouts for leafy goodness, and this lovely tropical brussels sprout salad was ready.

Brussels Sprouts on a Branch

You didn’t know you could shred brussels sprouts & eat it raw as a salad? Neither did I, until I chatted with Susan Goss, chef of West Town Tavern in Chicago & speaker at Camp Blogaway with sponsor Cutco Knives. I forgot about this lovely bit of information until I was at Trader Joe’s and saw a bag of shredded brussels sprouts.

Light Bulb! I had some brussels sprouts already in my fridge at home.

This salad was perfect with the grilled salmon we had that night, and would pair beautifully with any side of meat you have going on for dinner. You can find the recipe here.
What’s the most exotic fruit you have ever tried?

I also have a winner for the Saffron Giveaway! The winner is Eha from Australia! Eha had this to say about saffron:

“…Yes, I have used saffron, I daresay both the Spanish and Persian etc to cook wonderful dishes, oft of the rice variety, from Morocco travelling east all the way to India and beyond. Is there another aroma like it when you open your ordinarily hidden precious horde of the spice . . . . ? Well, mine managed to get finished some time ago, so . . .”

Congratulations Eha and thanks to everyone for participating. I’m sure to have another saffron giveaway around December, so stay tuned ’til then!

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10 Responses to A Taste of the Tropics: Brussels Sprout Salad with Mango & Feijoa

  1. What a beautiful salad, Laura! I love all the vibrant colors and your lovely serving bowl.

  2. Your kids too? Mine too. That’s why I never thought about stir frying mangoes because when we buy mangoes, kids love to eat one after another and they will be all gone (including my tern to eat fresh one. Do I need to save mine then? Maybe…). Love your salad Laura! And I didn’t know you can eat raw Brussels. Kind of make sense since they are similar to cabbage… no? =P

  3. I’m going to bookmark this salad for Fourth of July. This would be such a wonderful side dish at our yearly BBQ. Shredded brussel sprouts in a summer salad. I love that too.

  4. Thanks for the happy Camp memories – I love tropical fruit and this was a new one for me as well.

  5. Jenny at #

    Ooh, that looks delicious, and so exotic. I certainly have never heard of or seen feijoas before. Nice recipe!

  6. Eha at #

    SO many people here hate the idea of Brussels ;) ! I began carefully slicing them up for stirfries ages ago. It actually worked ’cause everyone said yum :) ! OK, I still used them in their ‘natural’ state by just making a big cross-cut at the base ere cooking! Love them! But have not used them raw either, and since this is the season for the beautiful beasties here, shall enjoy the taste soonest! Feijoas are a not SO tropical a fruit: my few trees survive the winter down to 0 degrees and fruit plentifully . . . so try!

    PS Do I really have to say it: thrilled to bits at having won the saffron prize; can’t wait for it to arrive Down Under; will use it to the very best of my ability and have a lot of friends try the results! Thanks heaps, Laura

  7. When I lived in New Zealand where every man and his dog grows feijoas, they’re pronounced fehJOas. They use them in heaps of things. I had a big hedge of them and for months had no clue what they were.

    Love the shredded brussel sprouts idea. I’m eager to try that one.

  8. Beautiful photos, beautiful salad!

  9. Shredded Brussels sprouts? Wonderful idea! I’ll be trying that. And the salad looks tremendous. I just learned about feijoas recently and have never used them. Great idea. Nice post – thanks.

  10. Such a delightful tropical salad! I have not uses or see these feijoas, but they are beauties indeed!
    And congratulations to your winner!

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