Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

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Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

Author Notes: This side dish was inspired by a warm spinach salad my sister makes when the family gets together.alsd2


Serves 4

Brussels Sprouts

  • 6 cups Brussels sprouts
  • 3 ounces pancetta, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Balsamic Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  1. Using the flat of a knife, mash garlic with salt to a paste. Whisk together garlic paste, mustard, honey, and vinegar, then add oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified. Let stand at room temperature until Brussels sprouts are cooked.
  2. Slice Brussels sprouts in half, remove cores and gently pull the leaves apart. Heat large sauté pan and add olive oil and pancetta. Render fat from pancetta until lightly crispy. Remove pancetta and reserve.
  3. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add butter and swirl to melt. Add the Brussels sprouts and 2 tablespoons of water. Sautee over medium heat, cooking just until leaves are tender and bright green, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Fold pancetta into warm greens and turn into serving bowl. Toss with dressing to taste and serve immediately.

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