Looking for a tasty, outside the box no-lettuce salad? This Mediterranean-style brussels sprouts salad recipe will not disappoint. This salad combines hearty, perfectly caramelized brussels sprouts with baby greens like spinach and arugula; shallots; and a sprinkle of salty feta. We add a festive twist with cranberries and toasted almonds. And, you’ll love the honey lemon vinaigrette! Gluten free. If you need to, omit the feta for vegan option.
With the recent Romaine lettuce recall over in our part of the world, we’ve been on a no-lettuce salad kick. It wasn’t that difficult really. I mean, my family can eat balela (chickpea salad) everyday. And when all else fails, this super simple tomato salad does the trick.
But since I had a couple pounds of brussel sprouts begging to be used, so…brussels sprouts salad it is!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad
This brussels sprouts salad begins with the very simple but important step of roasting the brussels sprouts. I’m not opposed to salads that use raw brussels sprouts, but I much prefer, and often crave, salted brussels sprouts that have been roasted to caramelized perfection.
The draw with this brussels sprouts salad is in the variety of textures and flavors. Roasted brussels sprouts–tender on the inside, and perfectly charred on the outside–combined with baby spinach, peppery arugula, and shallots. To add a bit more interest, and maybe even a slightly festive twist, we through in toasted almonds (or walnuts) and dried cranberries.
The honey lemon vinaigrette–with just a hint of zingy Dijon mustard–pulls the salad together and gives it a bright Mediterranean twist. I like to finish with a generous sprinkle of creamy feta, which pairs so well with the charred brussels sprouts. If you don’t like feta, you can use a bit of goat cheese.
You can also omit cheese all together in favor of a vegan brussels sprouts salad.
How to Roast Brussels Sprouts Perfectly
There are a few simple steps I follow to get perfectly roasted brussels sprouts. After all, they’re the star of this salad, so it’s important to get them right. Here are my tips:
1. Be sure to coat brussels sprouts are coated well with extra virgin olive oil and salt. To do that, don’t just through them on the baking sheet and drizzle the oil etc. Instead, place the brussels sprouts in a large mixing bowl first, toss with excellent EVOO and a generous pinch of salt (I used Private Reserve Greek EVOO and kosher salt.) Give them a good toss to make sure the brussels are well coated, then pour and spread them well on a large baking sheet.
2. When you arrange the brussles sprouts on your pan, try to laying them cut-side down to give as much of the surface a chance to caramelize.
3. Once they’re in the oven, do not disturb the brussels sprouts too much. Check them half-way through roasting, and if the one side looks good, then give them a quick stir so the other side a chance to get some color.
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This salad combines hearty, perfectly caramelized brussels sprouts with baby greens like spinach and baby arugula, shallots, and salty feta. We add a festive twist with cranberries and toasted almonds. And, you’ll love the honey lemon vinaigrette! Be sure to check out the notes for more tips.
- 2 lb/907 g brussels sprouts, well-cleaned, trimmed, and halved
- Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
- 6 oz/170 g baby spinach
- 4 oz/113 g baby arugula
- 2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
- Big handful dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup/69 g blanched almonds or walnut halves, toasted
- Crumbled feta cheese, to your liking
For Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup/ 59 ml Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup/ 59 ml fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp quality honey
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place brussels sprouts in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle generously with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt. Toss to combine. Spread brussels sprouts on a large baking sheet. Roast in heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside (check half-way through and give the brussels sprouts a quick stir so the other side has a chance to get some color.)
- While brussles sprouts are roasting, add the spinach, arugula, shallots, cranberries and almonds to large mixing bowl. Once ready, add the roasted brussels sprouts in.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. Pour the vinaigrette on the salad (start with less if you’re not sure you need it all.) Toss to combine. Then add in crumbled feta and give it another gentle toss.
- Transfer the salad to a large serving platter. Add another sprinkle of feta, almonds or cranberries if you like. Enjoy!
- Pro-Tip for Roasting Brussels Sprouts: When you arrange the brussles sprouts on your pan before baking, try to laying them cut-side down to give as much of the surface a chance to caramelize. Do not disturb them too much once they’re roasting. Check brussels sprouts half-way through roasting, and if the one side looks good, then give them a quick stir to give the other side a chance to get some color.
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