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February 17, 2016
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Bacon Pecan Brussels Sprout Salad

Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

Most people these days are roasting brussels sprouts, which is actually a tasty way to prepare them. But did you know this cute little veggie can substitute as a healthy and tasty alternative to salad greens?  

They have a much more mellow flavor when uncooked and are similar to the taste of cabbage, although the texture of brussels sprouts is much softer and easier to eat.

Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

I incorporated pecans, bacon and parmesan with the shredded brussels sprouts and tossed it all in a quick and tasty Maple Orange Dressing.  

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Ingredients: Cheese, Bacon, Pecan, Brussel Sprouts

Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Orange Dressing in a serving bowl and on a plate

This salad would be perfect for a backyard spring barbeque or take it to your next potluck! Being that the brussels sprouts are kept raw, it makes this dish packed full of natural vitamins and nutrients.

 

I know your first question must be: How do you get those slices so small? When I tell you I have the perfect solution, I mean it!

Slicing a brussels sprout with a mandoline

Slicing a Brussels Sprout with a mondoline

Have you heard of have a kitchen mandoline?  They are the BEST when you need lots of thin, uniform slices (like in a potato gratin or like this cucumber recipe) and you aren’t that talented with a knife. *raises hand*

It only took me two minutes to get these all sliced!

 

Halved Brussels Sprouts and shredded brussels sprouts in a bowl

Start by slicing up 10 large (or 20 small) brussels sprouts.

Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

Add 5 slices of cooked, chopped bacon, shredded parmesan and 1/2 cup of roasted, chopped pecans.

 

 Maple Orange Dressing being poured over ingredients

Add the Maple Orange Dressing and toss to coat.

 

Ingredients mixed together

Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Orange Dressing on a plate

Serve up and prepare to fall in love.

 

Moreover, you can cover and place in the fridge for about an hour before serving, but if you’re like me and can’t wait, just dig right in.

Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Orange Dressing in a fork

Birdseye view of Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprout Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

Here is the printable recipe for ya…

Bacon Pecan Brussels Sprout Salad
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 10 large brussels sprouts
  2. 5 slices cooked, chopped bacon
  3. 1/3 cup shredded parmesan
  4. 1/2 cupped roasted, chopped pecans
For Dressing
  1. 1 orange, juiced (apprx. 1/4 cup)
  2. 2 T. maple syrup
  3. 3 T. olive oil
  4. 1 small shallot bulb, minced
  5. Salt
Instructions
  1. Slice the brussels sprouts thin
  2. Add the bacon, pecans and parmesan to the brussels sprouts and set aside
  3. Add the dressing ingredients and add salt to taste
  4. Whisk the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad
  5. Toss to combine
  6. Chill for about an hour or serve immediately
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