- 20 Brussel Sprouts
- 1 Head of Romaine Lettuce (sliced into strips)
- 3 Oz crumpled goat cheese
- 3/4th cup of cranberries
- 1/3rd cup of toasted Hazelnuts
- 8 strips of bacon (cooked well done)
For the dressing:
- 1 garlic clove (finely minced)
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tsp’s fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp’s red wine vinager
- 1 Tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
- 1 cup Olive Oil and 1.5 tsp, divided
Putting it together:
- Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, line a sheet tray and toast your hazelnuts for about 8 minutes until toasty and fragrant. Afterwards crank up the heat to 400 degrees, place 8 bacon strips on a sheet tray and bake until crispy (about 18-20 minutes). Afterwards, place the bacon in between some paper towels to absorb the oil.
- Wash your lettuce, dry it well, and cut it into strips. Remove the outermost layers of your Brussel sprouts and using a mandolin or food processor, slice all your sprouts and place them on a long parchment lined sheet tray , drizzle the 1.5 tsp of olive oil on them, season with salt and pepper, toss all the sprouts together until evenly coated and cook for up to 15-20 minutes (tossing occasionally) until the sprouts look cooked and charred.
- While that’s cooking, you can make your dressing by putting your minced garlic in a small bowl, add your honey, lemon juice, red vinegar, pomegranate molasses and then whisk in your olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add your sprouts to a medium sized serving bowl along with your lettuce, hazelnuts, cranberries and goat cheese. Crumple your bacon into the bowl add your dressing and give that a good toss. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!
Nourishment for your body: Brussel Sprouts are rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins C and K as well as have folate, calcium, iron and potassium. Having a diet that is high in cruciferous veggies such as Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower is said to reduce certain types of cancers.
Tips when cooking: I recently purchased this trio of Olive Oils at Trader Joe’s. They made for fantastic dipping and salad dressings. I used the one from Spain to make this salad dressing. I loved it’s fruity, smooth and buttery finish. They’re fun to use as an olive oil tasting at home! I think this salad would also work beautifully with blue cheese crumples.