After many years, I have finally discovered the key to enjoying Brussels sprouts. The secret? Don’t cook or serve them whole.
It’s really as simple as that. Brussels sprouts have a bad reputation for being bitter, and for awhile I wasn’t totally sold on them myself. However, when you cook and serve these cruciferous veggies halved, sliced, or chopped thin, it really makes a world of difference. Preparing Brussels sprouts this way helps them fully absorb the flavors you’re cooking with, leaving them tasty all the way through.
This crunchy kale and Brussels sprout salad with creamy Dijon dressing features Brussels sprouts prepped my favorite way: shaved thin. Paired with chopped kale, it’s a unique, flavorful salad perfect for when romaine is getting a little old.
Leafy Greens Meet Cruciferous Veggies
If you’re looking to mix it up a little when it comes to salad, Brussels sprouts are your new best friend.
When our favorite salads start feeling a little tired, usually the first place we make changes is dressing and toppings. Trust me, this crunchy kale and Brussels sprout salad with creamy Dijon dressing definitely has plenty to offer in both of those departments. But before we even get there, this salad starts mixing things up at the base.
This tasty salad swaps out traditional lettuce for superfood kale. And while kale salad is probably nothing new, adding shaved Brussels sprouts to the mix is a salad power move you may not have tried yet.
Shaved Brussels sprouts add subtle flavor and crunch to this salad. Meanwhile, adding these cruciferous veggies to the mix also adds tons of nutrients. These veggies boast high levels of vitamins K and C as well as high fiber content and detox and anti-inflammatory support. Paired with superfood kale, this healthy salad really kicks things up a notch.
Savory, Sweet, and Bursting with Summer Flavors!
This crunchy kale and Brussels sprout salad really has it all.
I like a salad that offers lots of different textures and flavors. This salad gets some of its crunchy texture from the shaved Brussels sprouts, but chopped Gala apples pack tons of extra crunch and flavor.
Earthy and sweet chopped pecans pair with apple for a tasty, textured salad perfect for summer. Red onion and toasted sesame seeds round out the ingredients packed into this full and flavorful salad, but the flavor doesn’t stop there.
A sweet and savory honey Dijon dressing really brings this salad together. Lemon juice, garlic, honey, and Dijon combine for a flavorful dressing. Meanwhile, a Greek yogurt base means this dressing is rich and creamy.
This fresh and flavorful salad is perfect for spring and summer. Of course, this recipe can also liven up your salads year-round. Enjoy, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
Yield: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 109 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Protein: 3 g | Cholesterol: 2 mg | Sodium: 144 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2 |
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3 cups kale, stems removed and lightly chopped
- 2 cups Brussles sprouts, shaved thin
- 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thing
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 1 Gala apple, chopped
- 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes before using.
- Toss together the kale and Brussels sprouts and divide into serving bowls. Top with remaining ingredients and drizzle with the dressing. Serve and enjoy!