This Kale Brussels Sprout salad was recommended by a friend who absolutely loves it. I used walnuts in this recipe but you could also use almonds.
You can use any nuts or seeds you wish! Nuts and seeds are such powerhouses and each has a different structure providing different nutrients, so feel free to mix it up!
For the walnuts, heat up your skillet to medium-low heat. Add the walnuts, or another nut of your choice, and toast in a dry pan for about 2 minutes. Toasted walnuts add another depth to the flavor to this salad.
If you want, you can heat this the salad, too, if you like your kale cooked. Some people are sensitive to the oxalic acid in leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard or spinach and cooking them reduces this. Read more about the benefits of greens in my article series: Get Your Leafy Greens On Part 1 and Part 2.
You can also massage the Brussels sprouts and kale in a little bit of sea salt and lemon juice, which breaks down its fibers and makes it easier to digest.
If you do decide to heat your greens, add a little veggie broth or water to a skillet and saute your kale brussel sprout salad mix for a few minutes, until soft.
The dressing in this is so simple and flavorful. Mustard and lemon juice are my go-to for low-fat flavor. Fresh garlic is an awesome way to boost the flavor along with your system with its antiviral properties.
Here’s a few meals to serve alongside this salad:
- Vegan Oil-Free Basil Pesto with Pasta
- Vegan BBQ Meatloaf
- Thai Curried Potatoes with Chard
- Stuffed Peppers
- Pasta Primavera
There are only 130 calories in brussel sprout salad, which is why I love serving this salad alongside a veggie burger or soup for a well-rounded plant-based meal. It would also add a nice crunch as a topping to a veggie sandwich.
You can also just top this vegan brussel sprout salad with some fresh avocado, baked chickpeas, grilled tofu, tempeh, or your favorite plant-based protein, and maybe some unsweetened dried raisins or cranberries for a tiny bit of sweetness.
Bring this simple and quick dish to a potluck, or enjoy as a delicious light meal! With so much crunch and flavor, this dish is sure to please! If you are wanting to start making more salad dressings without oil, check out my oil-free salad dressing.
Inspired by a recipe from Bon Appetite.
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Originally posted March 25, 2012