Blanched Kale + Brussel Sprouts Salad with Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette is a hearty, fresh and healthy salad that holds up great in the fridge. Crunchy radishes, sweet heirloom tomatoes, tender red potatoes and creamy avocado make this the perfect summer meal!
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I use to make this salad all the time, but somewhere along the line it just fell out of the rotation. I think a big part of it is that I like to make this Blanched Kale + Brussel Sprouts Salad when I’m having it as a meal, and I don’t make many salad meals with two kids under 6.
That being said, I really really missed it. It’s such a great salad to make ahead of time because the greens are so hearty that they hold up really well in the fridge. It would be perfect to make on a Sunday and take it to lunch with you all week.
In the past I’ve made ground turkey patties to go on it, but that is when I’m serving it for dinner and want my husband to feel like he had a meal not just a salad. This time I made it just for me, and I decided that I didn’t need anything else on it.
If you’re missing the protein, though, this would be EXCELLENT with a sliced hard boiled egg on top.
What are Hemp Seeds and Why Are Hemp Seeds Good For You?
See those little seeds sprinkled all over the salad? Those are hemp hearts, or hemp seeds.
They may look small and unassuming, but hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious, and they taste good too. Their flavor is mild and a little nutty. I like to put a bunch on top of my oatmeal with peanut butter and a banana. Yum!
Hemp seeds are full of omega-6 and omega-3, two essential fatty acids, and more than 25% of their total calories comes from plant based protein.
Hemp seeds are even better for you than chia seeds (which are a known super food) or flax seeds (also incredibly good for you)!
Why Blanch the Kale + Brussel Sprouts?
I eat raw kale salads all the time, and I love them! But when you throw brussel sprouts into the mix, it’s just not a great raw vegetable. Am I right?
I like to blanch the two greens because it takes that raw edge off of the taste. They are still very hearty, crunchy and a little bit crisp, but they are also easier to chew. And when blanched it feels a little bit more like a meal than just a bowl full of raw vegetables.
I enjoy the change in texture from a regular salad. It surprises the pallet and makes it a unique salad experience that you’ll enjoy and remember.
Are you a brussel sprout lover or hater? And would you let this salad try to change your mind if you’re a hater?? Let me know in the comments!