Citrus Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

Citrus Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

Citrus Bacon and Brussels Sprout SaladIt 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

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced thinly
  • 8 slices bacon, turkey or pork
  • 1 cup raw almonds, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Once hot, add bacon and cook until crispy. Set bacon aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Notes:

  • 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.