It may be hard to believe but bacon actually can be part of a healthy diet. This simple citrus bacon and brussels sprout salad proves just that!
With a refreshing and zesty flavor, this salad makes for a great side dish or snack. Brussels sprouts are an incredibly healthy vegetable – with loads of antioxidants to fight cancer and heart disease, nutrients to aid in digestion and alkalization of the body as well as a surprising amount of protein for a vegetable. When paired with crispy bacon, heart-healthy almonds and a delicious citrus vinaigrette, Brussels sprouts might just become your new favorite vegetable!
Enjoy this naturally gluten-free and paleo salad alone or paired with a main dish. It also makes for a great healthy contribution to a BBQ or picnic!
Citrus Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced thinly
8 slices bacon, turkey or pork
1 cup raw almonds, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons orange juice, fresh
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon orange zest
salt and pepper, to taste
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Once hot, add bacon and cook until crispy. Set bacon aside.
Toss sliced Brussels sprouts together with almonds in a large bowl. Once bacon is cool enough to handle, chop into thin slices. Add to the bowl along with the Brussels sprouts.
In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Set salad in the fridge to chill and allow flavors to marry.
If prepping this salad for use on another day, leave the almonds out until ready to eat so that they retain their crunch.
Reduce the overall fat of this salad by using turkey bacon instead of pork.