Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Some of you may know, I recently was given a cook book called Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers. It is a great book that I recommend all of you take a look through at some point. It tells you about all the different sorts of leafy greens and types of salad toppings, as well as how to make all sorts of dressings. Either way, the book motivated me to make more unique salads. I usually find myself putting the same vegetables in every salad I make, despite what else I am eating it with. Now I have realized that choosing a salad that compliments a meal can make a huge difference.

With that said, this salad is much different than most I have made. I came across this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine while bored at work the other day- yes I spent half of my day at work reading cooking magazines… Shh! One thing that makes this salad unique is its warm vinaigrette. This dressing went perfectly with the roasted Brussels sprouts. The bacon and maple syrup also added a ton of flavor. This is one salad that did not need a ton of toppings to complete it. I even ate it as a complete meal the next day!

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Serves 6-8

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb  Brussels sprouts
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 6  slices smoked bacon
  • 1/3  cup  white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2  tbsp  maple syrup
  • 2  tsp  Dijon mustard
  • 1/2  tsp  salt
  • 1/4  tsp  ground black pepper
  • 6  cups  romaine lettuce (chopped)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Place the Brussels sprouts into a food processor and pulse until they are roughly chopped.
  3. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper and lay out on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake the Brussels sprouts at 375F until crisp and lightly browned (about 20 minutes).
  5. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy, flipping frequently.
  6. Reserve 2 tbsp of the bacon fat and set the bacon aside. For the dressing, turn the heat to low and add the vinegar, syrup, mustard, salt and 2 tbsp olive oil to the bacon drippings, stirring vigorously to combine.
  7. Add the Brussels sprouts to the dressing and toss to coat. Next crumble the bacon into the lettuce and toss with the Brussels sprouts and vinaigrette. Top with fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.

NOTE: If your salad seems a bit too dry, combine 1 tbsp syrup, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tbsp vinegar over medium heat, then pour over the salad.

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25 Responses to Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

  1. I could just have this salad for lunch, with nothing else but a bit of fruit.
    Thanks.

    Begoña

  2. Toby says:

    You know, absolutely nothing beats bacon dressing for those darker heartier greens. The salad looks fab!

  3. Courtney says:

    Wow, this looks delicious – great post!! I will have to make this soon.

  4. Becky says:

    I never thought to out Brussels sprouts in a salad before, wonderful. My Bunco Group has a Salad Supper coming up and I now know what to make.

  5. Evan Thomas says:

    Holy yum. I don’t think there are any words better than “warm bacon vinaigrette”.

  6. what a delicious looking salad!! i love brussel sprouts and the dijon probably makes the dressing terrific.

  7. Love the salad!

    You have an interesting blog, thanks for the add on Foodbuzz. Love your choices of quotes to motivate you each day. I’ll visit your blog more often.

    Cheers.

  8. michelle says:

    Yum! There is nothing like bacon and roasted brussel sprouts. I often add some dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.

  9. Just add a poached egg, and this would be heaven to me!

  10. I’m not usually a fan of brussell sprouts, but I would try these! The bacon vinaigrette sounds wonderful:) When you get a chance, stop by and pick up a couple of awards at my blog:)

  11. Savour the Senses says:

    Thanks =) Glad you like it. I’m looking forward to your posts as well!

  12. Sarah says:

    I love the bacon dressing! I have a warm brussels sprout salad in my repertoire too, it’s one of our favorite go-to winter dishes.

    Oh and I second the poached egg!

  13. Firefly says:

    Looks beautiful and yummy!

  14. Reeni says:

    This looks incredibly good! The warm bacon dressing is dreamy! I made a similar salad with spinach recently and loved it. I like the idea of brussels sprouts.

  15. Chi Chi says:

    Mmmmmmmmm…

  16. Kankana says:

    not a Brussels sprouts fan! but this salad looks so healthy .. may be i will give one more try with Brussels sprouts

  17. Love the brussel sprout and bacon combo! Yum!

  18. Tammy says:

    How awesome is this?! Everything looks wonderful, I love the colors and the flavors. This sounds delish! Yummy!

  19. Savour the Senses says:

    This makes them taste sweet with that hint of delicious bacon flavor as well. You might like them this way! =)

  20. Sarah says:

    This looks amazing!
    For all Brussel Sprout lovers in New York also – try the Brussel Sprout Pizza from MOTORINO (BK and Manhattan)

    AND if you go for lunch its only $11 for a meal deal!

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  21. Kate says:

    I made this last night, too die for. Thanks for a great brussel sprout recipe!

  22. Savour the Senses says:

    Awesome. Glad you liked it!

  23. I saw this featured at SRC (it’s my first month doing it) and swooned. I really love brussels sprouts. I have some roasted ones in my fridge now and I even eat them cold. I have to try this salad, it sound absolutely awesome. I’m pinning it for the next shopping trip.

  24. Thanks! I loved it, I think this was what made me really start loving brussels sprouts!

  25. Remy says:

    One of the first times I’ve ever tried brussel sprouts was on Motorino’s brick oven pizza. The flavor was phenomenal but the crust was very soggy. It’s too bad because I thought the combination with pancetta would have been perfect!

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