I wanted to share with you this brussel sprout salad recipe because it is just so good. I have tried a lot of salad recipes but this one is a sweet, crunchy, slightly salty, and is loaded with healthy goodness.
This salad is all about heart and gut health. It will help with inflammation and has a good amount of antioxidants to help you be a healthier you.
So just pull up a chair and grab your favorite beverage, as we chat a bit about this great salad.
Brussel Sprouts For the Best Brussel Sprout Salad
The first thing about this Brussel sprout salad that you notice of course is the Brussel sprouts. They are so good for you and in this salad, they are given a place to shine.
Brussel sprouts are so good for you with loads of Protein, Vitamin C, A, K, and Calcium. They may decrease your chances of heart disease, bone health, which could decrease blood glucose levels and may help prevent some cancers. They also have some properties that are considered antioxidants.
Just a few tips to make sure you get the best for you.
- Chose fresh over frozen when available.
- Choose Brussel Sprouts on the stalk if possible
- The smaller they are the sweeter they taste.
What a wonderful way to lighten up this great salad. These wonderful Asian pears are crunchy and sweet and packed full of antioxidants, fiber Vitamin C, K, and all the B Vitamins as well as copper, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron.
They may even decrease your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. They even can help with your detox needs for gut health, due to the fiber and antioxidants.
Here are a couple of tips to make sure you get the best Asian pears possible.
- Asian Pears do not ripen on the tree. Let them sit on the counter until slightly soft if they are unripe.
- Asian Pears will not ripen in the refrigerator, make sure to let them ripen on the counter before refrigerating them.
Pistachio in your Brussel Sprout Salad
Pistachios are flavor powerhouses that are so crunchy and they are also loaded with antioxidants, and protein with lots of fiber, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and B vitamins.
The health benefits are amazing to include eye health, gut health, anti-inflammatory, heart health, decrease in weight and may decrease your chance of cancer, particularly colon cancer.
Here are a few tips about pistachios:
- Look for Shells that are not blemished with ivory color.
- Pistachios should be opened in a natural grove, make sure they are not opened in an unnatural place.
- Make sure they are open, unopened pistachios are a sign of not being mature enough to eat.
- The greener the inside of the pistachio the better, as long as it is a natural green, I buy mine here
- Be careful of pistachios that are dyed green or red.
- Pistachios can be stored in an airtight container for 3 months in the refrigerator.
Pomegranates are a virtual superfood they taste so good and are very healthy for your body. I love the way they taste when you put them in your mouth and give you that burst of juice when you bite into them.
These pomegranates are loaded with fiber, protein, Vitamin C, K, and B. They have many health benefits such as being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, and also may help with digestion, lowering blood pressure, decreasing joint pain, and decreasing your chances of getting heart disease, cancer, and may help to increase memory. Also, they look beautiful in this Brussel sprout salad.
Tips for deseeding Pomegranates, try this method. It was the easiest and cleanest method I have ever tried.
- Cut the top off at the bloom end.
- Cut down each section between seed rows, stopping about 1/2 inch from the end.
- peel back pomegranate to reveal the pearls inside.
- Place knife close to peel on the inside and scrape pearl off peeling.
- Enjoy, now use in your favorite dishes or just eat alone, Delicious!
Feta Cheese is made of sheep or goat milk and sometimes a mixture of both. It is known to be easier to digest than cheese made from cow’s milk, however, if you are allergic to cow’s milk you may still be allergic to feta because the same protein is in most animal type milk and cheeses.
Feta cheese has some very good health benefits including protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, Vitamin B6, and A. It may help with gut, and bone health, as well as being an anti-inflammatory, and may help with migraine, and headache prevention, it may also help increase your immune system, Feta may also be a helpful preventive for macular degeneration.
However, you may not want to eat too much too often as it is in a salt brine to preserve it, and although it doesn’t have a salty flavor it does have an increased sodium content. If you are on a low sodium diet please check the sodium content before using this cheese, mozzarella is a good substitution for you. I use feta cheese in most of my dishes that call for a little salty cheese flavor you can see that here
Here are some things to look for when buying feta cheese.
- Make sure it contains only sheep’s milk, or goats milk, maybe both, rennant and salt. There should be no other kind of milk used.
- Real feta cheese is made in Greece if it made anywhere else it is not true feta cheese.
- The fetta should be white and fairly soft not to dry or crumbly
- It should have a good tangy flavor it should not be tasteless, chalky, or bitter
- There may be some holes in the surface this is normal.
This is what makes this salad different, the crunchy, slightly salty bacon. I love the taste of good nitrate-free bacon. It adds a wonderful taste to the whole dish, don’t worry we don’t use too much of it just enough to make the flavor pop.
The lard that is rendered during frying needs to be saved for use in the dressing. Did you know that the oil from bacon is 50% oleic acid which is what is in olive oil that makes it healthy?
Here are some tips on buying, storing, and cooking bacon.
- Try to buy bacon that is from pasture-raised pigs.
- Try bacon naturally cured with celery powder.
- No artificial ingredients, preservatives, or additives.
- Use an iron skillet or the heaviest pan you have.
- Place bacon in a cold pan in an even layer.
- Do not layer bacon on top of each other this could result in uneven cooking.
- Flip and move bacon consistently during cooking for overall even cooking.
- Place bacon on a plate with paper towels to cool, bacon will continue to cook for a minute or so while resting.
- Pour grease into glass jar between panfuls if cooking more than on pan full.
- Store bacon grease in the refrigerator for one week then freeze the remaining grease.
Here is the recipe for the best Brussel Sprout Salad
Brussel Sprout Salad
This salad is just fresh and simple. With Brussel sprouts, bacon, pistachio's, Asian pears, feta cheese, and pomegranate seeds. The real flavor is in the dressing
- 6 Slices Bacon
- 4 Cups Brussel Sprouts (Shredded)
- 2 Whole Asian Pears (Cored and Chopped)
- 1/3 Cup Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbs Bacon Drippings
- 1 Tbs Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Tbs Lime Juice
- 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
Cook bacon to desired crispness. Chop and reserve drippings
Mix the salad ingredients together toss gently
Mix salad dressing ingredients and shake to incorporate
Pour salad dressing over salad and toss gently to coat.
You may omit bacon drippings but you will lose a lot of your flavor.
Making this Best Brussel Sprout Salad Yours
I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do. you can change it up if you like and make it your own Please let me know if you make it and how you like it. Tell what changes you made to it and which was your favorite. You can use the comment area below, also please rate this recipe to let me know how you liked it.