Shaved Brussels Sprout, Kale & Pomegranate Salad
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!
4/5/2014 07:46:07 am
Hi Lindsay! I made this last night for a pre-half-marathon potluck dinner for a group of girls, and it was a hit! I used all kale because I had a lot from a recent farmer's market visit, and I substituted dried cranberries for pomegranate seeds (Trader Joe's was out of them). This was my first time making kale salad at home, so thanks for teaching me how to massage with the lemon and olive oil. Hope you are well! XO
4/6/2014 07:33:07 am
Yay Liz!! Sounds perfect! So glad you liked it! Xoxo
11/11/2014 10:10:31 am
My sister recently introduced me to the cruciferous crunch mix and I've been enjoying it as a quick, healthy vegetable sautee. But your salad recipe is a truly phenomenal use of the product. I just made this hearty salad for supper with my sweetie and we were both blown away. It's substantial enough to be a completely satisfying fall meal. In fact, the cruciferous veg, pomegranates and apple make it perfect for cold weather and the juiciness of the fruit supplements the light but flavorful dressing. Thanks so much for sharing!
8/11/2017 05:18:26 am
Made this last night and it was delicious. I'm not a big fan of things in the onion family, so next time might omit or put less shallots in the dressing. But even with them, liked it a lot. I added some chopped chicken to the top and it was a great, healthy meal!
8/17/2017 10:51:58 pm
Awesome! I'm so happy you liked it Melisa! Totally still works without the shallot in the dressing! :)
9/30/2019 03:07:59 pm
Lindsay! Week! Shana Tova! I think this is going to be the perfect salad for my Rosh Hashanah dinner! Can’t wait to try it out.
11/5/2019 04:44:14 pm
yay! Hope it was a big hit!! :)
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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.