Ohhhh, friends! You are going to LOVE this salad!
Let's talk about how delicious and nutritious Brussels sprouts are first:
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Aids in thyroid function
- Studies have shown cruciferous vegetables to be cancer-fighting
- Supports our body's detox system, antioxidant system and inflammatory system!
- Did I mention it is delicious!?? I could seriously eat Brussels sprouts every day...and I make it all kinds of different ways. This particular recipe just happens to be a cold version and you are going to love it!
Let's get to it!
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 large orange, or 1 small orange
1 small shallot, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
3 slices of bacon, crumbled
1 package or about 2 dozen Brussels sprouts, washed and chopped (you can now buy them shredded already but if you don't have these in your local grocery store, just slice them up.)
1/3 cup roasted, unsalted almonds, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or any type of sharp cheese
1 tsp sugar
*make this up to a day ahead of your event, the longer it sits, the better melding of the flavors - however the first time I made this, we ate it right away and it was just yummy!
For the dressing: In a small mixing bowl, add shallots, lemon and orange juice; mix together.
Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking to create a bit of emulsification; it will start to look creamy and begin to blend really well together. Set aside in the fridge while you mix the rest of the ingredients.
For the salad: In a large bowl, add the sprouts, bacon, almonds, salt and pepper and toss all of it together.
Toss the salad with the dressing, sprinkling the sugar along the way. I like the tiny bit of sweetness the sugar adds to the citrus-y taste of the dressing....so good!
Cover and cool in the fridge for a few hours, and then when ready toss and serve. You can make a little bit more dressing if you'd like to add later.
Serve as a side dish to BBQ or any type of meat or fish - it's light and refreshing!
Serves 4 as a side dish.
Calories 284 / Fat 24g / Fiber 2g / Carbohydrates 10g / Protein 10g / Sodium 339mg
Adapted from Pinch of Yum.
*Nutrition information is an estimation only and the nutritional analysis I provide for each recipe is calculated via My Fitness Pal using the nutritional data found on their website. I am not a registered dietitian, so always consult a qualified healthcare provider for any answers to personal health care questions.