It's WeekNight Bite Wednesday, and I have a fabulous recipe to share with you that I know you will just love! This Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Kale, and Pomegranate salad has become my new go-to dinner. Whenever I make it, I'll do a huge serving so I have enough to pack for my lunch the next day, and it is even better after all the flavors have come together overnight. You don't need to worry about a soggy salad for lunch - this one is still super crispy and fresh! It's a jam-packed full of healthy ingredients, tons of texture, and a whole bunch of flavor. I got inspired to create this salad when I saw a new blend of lettuces at Trader Joe's called the "Cruciferous Crunch Collection" - not an easy or pretty name, but the blend of chopped kale, shaved brussels sprouts, purple cabbage, and green cabbage definitely intrigued me. Now here's the key to making this salad a success: just like I did with THIS kale salad recipe, you have to give the greens some lovin' and MASSAGE them until they became a bit softer, nicer, and happier. This will take all the coarseness and bitterness out of the brussels and the kale, so it's very important!
Then all you have to do is throw in the rest of the healthy and flavorful ingredients, whip up the homemade dressing, and you're good to go! I promise you, this is the most satisfying and delicious salad ever. Allow me do a little role call of all our star players in this salad - we've got pomegranate seeds for a juicy burst of flavor (and color!), pine nuts for a toasty, nutty taste, some creamy avocado, crunchy apples, grilled chicken for extra protein, fresh shaved parm (because it's just so good), and obviously all those amazing greens! Mix it up with this dijon, honey, lemon, and shallot dressing, and this satisfying meal has got you covered.
1 bag Trader Joe's Cruciferous Crunch Collection (if you don't have a TJ's, chop up some kale, raw brussels, red cabbage, and green cabbage)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1 avocado - cubed
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 fuji or honeycrisp apple - chopped
1/3 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
Optional: 2 chicken breasts - chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp minced shallot
1 tsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
Salt & pepper to taste
Enjoy! Have a great rest of your week!
PS - do you have any recipe requests? Anything you'd like to see more of? Desserts, appetizers, snacks . . . let me know!
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.