If you're new here, welcome! I'm a total foodie and I really love what I do. Like so much that sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with new recipe ideas...too much? Nah.
But honestly, it's kind of crazy how my brain just comes up with new flavors and combinations! I have a note on my phone that is years long of all my ideas, organized into categories, and all the ingredients that come to mind when I first think of the idea. If I only stuck to this list and made 10-12 new recipes every month, I'd be set for the next 3 years!
Today's new salad recipe was one of those ideas that just came to me. I know this because the ingredients don't normally appear in a dish together, but let me tell you right now, it just WORKS.
This Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad is not only a fun twist on a traditional Caesar salad, it's also a special Christmas version! Each bite has a little bit of sauteed Brussels sprouts, fluffy quinoa, toasted pine nuts, chewy dried cranberries, shaved parmesan cheese, and fresh cracked black pepper. You have to try it this year!
Like I said, today's salad recipe is a little unconventional, but it's so so good. I actually photographed it the day I tested it for the first time and got through the entire photoshoot without trying it. I was a little skeptical, but pleasantly surprised! For this easy Christmas salad, you'll need:
It's easy to make: all you need is one skillet and one small pot for the stove. Everything comes together in 30 minutes!
It's sweet and savory: the sweet cranberries balance out the savory vegetables, grains, and cheese. I promise it works!
It's seasonal: the Brussels sprouts and cranberries are perfect for a winter Christmas salad!
It's healthy: rather than a bowl of lettuce covered in fatty dressing, this unique Caesar salad uses clean eating ingredients like Brussels sprouts, quinoa, pine nuts, and a greek yogurt dressing. There's even 14g of protein per serving!
It's allergen-friendly: this Brussels sprouts caesar salad is naturally vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sugar, and easily dairy free. Just use your favorite vegan parmesan and a vegan Caesar dressing like this one.
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I can't wait to hear how you like this Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad! Be sure to leave a star rating and review below so other readers know how you liked it. You can also tag me on Instagram with a photo of your delicious salad!
This Christmas Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad is a healthy, fun twist on the classic Caesar salad that's completely vegetarian, packed with heart-healthy fats and 14g of protein per serving, and topped with dried cranberries for a touch of sweetness.
*If you're serving right away or to a group, toss with the dressing. If making as a meal prep salad for individual servings, add some dressing to your individual serving when you're ready to eat.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1/6 of the prepared salad, including the dressing.
Serving: 1/6 salad / Calories: 394 / Fat: 11.7g / Saturated Fat: 3.2g / Carbohydrates: 62.7g / Fiber: 15.3g / Sugar: 14g / Protein: 13.9g
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