Apple Brussels Sprout Fall Salad
It’s fall and while traditional green salads have taken a back seat to all the fall veggie salads sometimes you just want to break things up with green salad. This Apple Brussels Sprout Fall Salad is a twist and best of both worlds. When it comes to fall salads I still want all the healthy toppings but a heartier salad. I have two versions of this salad, one I’ll be sharing with you today. It was a salad combination that first started with a thrown together lunch with leftover quinoa. I like using leftover grains in salads and than adding other fruits and veggies we have on hand. I had to remake the salad and tweak it after having salad last week at the workshop I attended. They had a salad with arugula, barley, apples, brussels sprouts, and blue cheese. It was so close to a salad I’ve been enjoying only they did something genius that made a huge difference, they had roasted brussels sprout leaves in it. They added so much flavor! I couldn’t believe I had never thought of it so I had to try it in my salad and it was such a big difference adding another layer of flavor.
I don’t know about you but when I roast brussels sprouts my favorite thing to do is sneak all those crunchy loose leaves when I pull them out of the oven. I use to tell S they were burnt but she finally caught on to me and started sneaking them too!
The hardest thing about this salad was resisting the urge to add dried cranberries. I know some of you are thinking is every recipe she posts this fall going to have cranberries. Nope because I have a delicious pie coming Friday that doesn’t have cranberries! Haha! I did leave them out of this version of the salad and swapped them for pomegranate arils. So much flavor is packed into this salad, arugula, shaved brussels sprouts, crispy roasted brussels sprouts, quinoa, apples, pomegranate, and optional cheese crumbles! If you can do dairy/cheese blue cheese is a great otherwise I’m liking Kite Hill Artisan Nut Cheese (I buy it at Whole Foods). It’s also delicious without the cheese which I usually leave off for a quick salad or lunch.
If you’re looking for a “green” salad to make for the holidays this is a delicious option! It’s not only pretty but it tastes as good as it looks. It also makes a big filling salad that will go a long way. Don’t worry if you have extra it’s so good the next day, as long as you serve the dressing on the side and add the roasted brussels sprouts just before. Even if you toss them in the salad and they loose some crunch you still have the delicious roasted flavor.
When it comes to dressing I’m not a big or heavy dressing person so I like to use a Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar or one of the other balsamics I have but for a quick and easy dressing I go with a Maple Mustard Vinaigrette. Another option if you aren’t adding cheese is Maple Tahini Dressing, it pairs great with the brussels, apples, and pomegranate.
Don’t just give up on salad season yet, it’s just getting it’s second with all the delicious fall flavors!
Apple Brussels Sprout Fall Salad
Makes 4-6 main dish servings, 12-20+ servings as a side
1lb brussels sprouts
1c tricolor quinoa
2-3 Honeycrisp apples
1/2c pomegranate arils
4oz crumbled blue cheese or for dairy free I like Kite Hill Soft Fresh and Soft Fresh Truffle, Chive, and Dill Artisan Nut Cheese (used Kite Hill), optional
2 TBSP lemon juice
Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
1/2c Dejon or brown mustard (Sir Kensington’s Brown Mustard, a lighter dejon mustard if adding cheese)
1/3c apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP maple syrup
If wanting to make without slicing and shaving brussels and apples. You can pull the leaves from brussels to roast and buy already shaved brussels sprouts (you will need 4-5 cups), and chop apples with a knife.
If serving at a get together you can toss everything together except the roasted brussels, keep those in an airtight container and add just before putting out/serving.
Pomegranate arils can be swapped for dried cranberries.
Another dressing favorite is Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar or if not adding cheese Maple Tahini Dressing.
Preheat oven to 400F. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and chill. Spray 2 rimmed baking sheets with non stick spray, I like coconut oil. For quick clean up you can line pans with foil and than spray. Cut ends from brussels sprouts and pull the outside leaves off of the sprouts and lay on the baking sheets. You will want a good sheet to two layered with the brussels sprout leaves. Once you have a good layer spray with coconut oil spray and sprinkle with just a hint of sea salt. Bake for 10 -15 minutes until brown and crispy. Take the remaining brussels sprouts and shave them with a mandolin. In a very large bowl combine arugula and shaved brussels sprouts. Slice your apples thinly with a mandolin, remove seeds, and place in a bowl with lemon juice and water to prevent browning. Once quinoa has cooled toss arugula and brussels sprout mixture with quinoa. Mix dressing ingredients together, keep in the refrigerator until ready to use. Either toss in the roasted burssel sprouts, apples, pomegranate arils, and optional cheese if using or plate and top with the toppings. Serve with dressing on the side. Enjoy!
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