Salad of Roast Chestnuts, Brussels Sprouts, and Kale

Photo by Cheryl Angelina Koehler

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Salad of Roast Chestnuts, Brussels Sprouts, and Kale

  • Author: Recipe by Barbara Kobsar
  • Yield: Serves 8


When we made this recipe for Thanksgiving, we discovered that it’s an excellent dish to showcase the season’s new-harvest olive oil. Our top choice for the occasion was the olio nuovo from Olivaia’s OLA. The olio nuovo from this producer, with historic orchards near Lindsay, California, is currently sold out on their website, but there was still some on the shelves at Market Hall in Oakland and Berkeley last we checked, and their finished 2022 extra virgin olive oils will be available soon. Find more new-harvest olive oils to try at Olive Oil Heaven: A Guide to California’s New Harvest.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound fresh chestnuts (roughly 15-18)
  • 6 cups shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup shredded kale (baby kale or Tuscan kale are best)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (or try goat or bleu cheese)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (Pick a special fresh oil for this.)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut an X in the flat side of each chestnut and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until shells pop open. Cool slightly and wrap in a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm. (This also makes them easier to peel.). Snap off the shells and peel away any of the inner skin that sticks to the nuts. Halve or quarter the nuts or chop coarsely, if you like.

To prepare Brussels sprouts: Wash and remove any damaged outer leaves. Cut off and discard the woody ends. Slice the sprouts thinly using a mandolin or food processor. To slice by hand, slice each sprout in half, place the cut side down on a cutting board, and then slice as thinly as possible.

Toss the sliced Brussels sprouts, shredded kale, and lemon juice together in a large salad bowl. Add chopped chestnuts, cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss gently together and serve.

  • Category: Salad