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Brussels Sprouts Kale Salad

This Brussels sprouts kale salad with bacon, almonds, blue cheese and a lemon garlic vinaigrette is perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

Brussels sprouts kale salad in a white bowl

This salad has so much (awesomeness) going on that figuring out where to start and what to talk about is leaving me a little…. hungry. Which is really odd since I have been eating lots and lots of this salad.

It’s my new favorite fo’ realz.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to start slinging slang over here; this salad just makes me so excited. Mr B. has declared it “your best salad yet.”

Brussels sprouts kale salad ingredients

Let’s start with the kale.

So… I have never had a kale recipe here on the blog until now. I don’t know if you realized that little fact but there is a very good reason. I have an autoimmune disease and while it is totally under control now, there was a year or so when it wasn’t.

I became fascinated with the autotimmune protocol/paleo diet in the hopes of feeling like a normal, well person.

I never followed the AIP diet, but I read a lot about it. How I wouldn’t be able to eat some of my favorite things like everything in the nightshade family.

Goodbye peppers, hot sauce and tomatoes. Also, no cocktails… goodbye happy hour.

Oh, and goodbye to everything that you exclude if you follow the Paleo diet. (I can’t even say goodbye black beans but that would have had to happen too.)

lemon garlic vinaigrette

I couldn’t get myself to say farewell to any of those things but I found one ingredient on the non-exclusion list that I wasn’t upset about giving up. Kale.

So, I read all of that information and studied the AIP diet and then followed none of it. And gave up kale, which I should have been eating more of.

I make no sense, obviously.

Sitting on this computer, working all of the time, has made me sedentary and my clothes aren’t fitting as well as they once did… even my yoga pants.

Something’s gotta give … and it’s me. Working out and eating more salads like this brussels sprouts kale salad have been added to the top of my daily to-do list.

salad dressing poured on Brussels sprouts kale salad

Brussels Sprouts Kale Salad

Yes, I know this salad has both bacon and cheese in it. A girl can’t change completely in one blog post.

I limited it to one piece of bacon per helping which will help test your willpower AND feed your bacon cravings. You can do it – you can resist eating all the bacon and just take one piece. (Trying to help you with a bacon mantra or two…)

At Tar-get (pronounce that like its French please), I found a very awesome bag of shaved brussels sprouts. Normally, I would shave them myself but I felt like saving a little time (birthday weekend and all).

I’m not quite ready to share my own video tutorials so I found one for shaving brussels sprouts on YouTube for you, if you need help figuring out where to start. You’re welcome.

Brussels sprouts kale salad with bacon

I chopped up the kale so it was similarly sized to the b-sprouts – I find myself more likely to finish salads if everything is around the same size. And I chopped up the almonds pretty small too.

So, I guess this is kind of a chopped salad but I’m going to just keep calling it a brussels sprouts kale salad.

Mix all of the salad ingredients together and THEN add the salad dressing.

Maybe you only want half a salad – by waiting to add the dressing, you won’t get soggy greens. You will thank yourself later for waiting. And maybe reward yourself with another piece of bacon. 🙂

tossed Brussels sprouts kale salad

Looking for more savory salad recipes? Try this savory cantaloupe salad or this baby arugula tomato salad!

Looking for more Brussels sprouts recipes? Try these roasted Brussels sprouts or these roasted Brussels sprouts with grapes and walnuts.

Brussels sprouts kale salad with bacon, almonds, blue cheese and a lemon garlic vinaigrette. Lunch is served! | honeyandbirch.com

Brussels Sprouts Kale Salad

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Brussels sprouts kale salad with bacon, almonds, blue cheese and a lemon garlic vinaigrette. Perfect for lunch!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 2 cups shaved brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 slices cooked thick-cut bacon
  • 1 portion of Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a medium bowl and toss until well-mixed. Serve with Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

  1. In a small bowl, whisk all of the salad dressing ingredients together until well combined.

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Cathy

Friday 31st of July 2015

I tried doing Paleo for a while but just too many things you cannot have - though I have to admit I did feel a lot better while doing it. I still try to add kale to my salads on a daily basis and am looking at adding it into my soups. Thank you for sharing your recipe with Share It One More Time. Cathy

Jenny B

Saturday 1st of August 2015

I tried Paleo for a little bit too but it's just too restrictive (and I have such a sweet tooth!

swayam

Monday 27th of July 2015

I cracked up reading this.. Me and P have been having trouble fitting into things too..I got back to running and Yoga big time again. Like every morning till I feel my hearts gonna explode.. And waiting for some Harry Potter magic potion which could help me lose 10 pounds(fine 20!!) ;) This salad looks so so good.. I would eat this happily :) Thanks so much for coming back to Saucy Saturdays and bringing this delicious dish :)

Jenny B

Monday 27th of July 2015

Lol, if you find that potion please send some my way!! So hard to be a food blogger and keep the pounds off! :)

Jennifer Stewart

Sunday 26th of July 2015

I am glad that we don't have a Tar-jeh near me because I would be in there all the time! And I would be broke:( Going Paleo has me eating more salads just so I can fit into my workout clothes again. How sad is that! I am excited about this salad. Love sprouts and I can use that piece of bacon as a shovel to get it in my mouth faster:) Thanks for linking to Saucy Saturdays!

Karly

Saturday 25th of July 2015

I need to add this to the menu this week! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Joy @ Joy Love Food

Saturday 25th of July 2015

I love Brussels sprouts and kale, this salad sounds so good! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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