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The Best Brussel Sprout Salad

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

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.

Asian Pears

Asian pears to go in the Brussel sprout salad

 

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

image of several pistachio's

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.

Pomegranate

The inside of a pomegranate

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

block of fetta cheese.

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.

Bacon

a pile of bacon

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

Dressing

  • 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
  1. Cook bacon to desired crispness. Chop and reserve drippings

  2. Mix the salad ingredients together toss gently

  3. Mix salad dressing ingredients and shake to incorporate

  4. 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.

 

14 Comments

  1. I enjoyed this article. Thank you so much for sharing this great article with everyone. I like to eat a variety of salads. But I never ate this salad recipe. I’ll try this different salad. I hope the salad will be healthy and tasty. I will follow the advice of buying, storing and cooking bacon.

    I will share this useful post with my friends. Hope they enjoy it.

  2. I have eaten and love every ingredient in this salad recipe. You even taught me how to choose and prep the ingredients. Very nicely done. I cant wait to prepare this sumptuous salad. And I think this is what makes this salad so special. The bacon bits and its bacon drippings. Absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

    Courtney-

  3. First of all, many thanks to you for giving us such a wonderful article. Your article is really informative and I gained a lot of knowledge by reading your article which is very helpful to me. I love Salad very much and always make salads with something new. Brussel Sprouts Salad is all about my heart and gut health. It has helped with inflammation and has enough antioxidants to help me get healthy. Brussel sprouts are so good for you with loads of Protein, Vitamin C, A, K, and Calcium. It eliminated my bone health problem. Also through your article, I learned that it can reduce heart disease, blood glucose levels and help prevent some cancers. I love  Asian pears and its quality has attracted me a lot and this is the best salad I have ever had.

    The recipe you gave me is very appealing and I will definitely be delivering your article to my girlfriend and she will definitely share her new experience with you. Can I share your article on my social media?

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Shanta. I am glad to know you have learned something by reading my post. I am also glad you like the taste of the recipe. Yes, you can share it just click which media you want to share it with on the page and it will share it for you.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  4. Thank you so much for sharing us a wonderful article. The main content of this article is The Best Brussels Sprouts Salad, which is naturally produced.The ingredients in your article by which this salad is made are very nutritious and beneficial to the body.It is amazing how you presented with the ingredients of this salad so wonderful.

    I first ate this salad while I went to dinner at a restaurant,It is very tasty to eat and its ingredients are very beneficial to my body.Besides, the ingredients used in this salad are very dear to me.

    Finally thank you again for sharing with us such a nutritious salad.

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words Asraful. I am glad that now you know how to make it at home. I try to make healthy meals that are full of good flavors. I am so glad that you like this recipe.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  5. Hi, it is a great and nice feeling to know that someone will create a great website like this and also create a write up on an article like this. I have always believed that fresh is better than frozen when it comes to salad and some of these are new to me. I cannot wait to try it out

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Benny. I hope you love it, let me know what you think when you try it.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  6. Hello Lynda, thanks for sharing this wonderful article. I am a lover of salads and so far, I have had a mental picture of me making this salad already at my place. I like the simple process it requires and the availability of recipes in my area which makes room for easy access. I would love to see a video to help aid a better understanding of the learning process. Cheers. 

    1. Thanks for stopping by Benson. I hope you love the Salad when you make it please let me know how you like it and if you decided to change anything or make it according to my recipe. 

      I am currently working on some videos and hope to release them soon. Please come back and see them ,and go to my Youtube channel through the website. Don’t forget to like and share.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  7. This is a good one. I must first commend the time and energy that you have put into making this website with nice templates and finding time to write an article on the best Brussels sprout salad. For someone like me who is a foodie, I can already imagine the combination of these in my mouth

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. If you will sign up I will send you an email once a month with all the recipes I have posted for the month. Looking forward to helping you find many great dishes to try.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

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