Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

October 15, 2014
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Kale is supposed to be the best possible green to put into your body, and according to, I don't know, Instagram, it will make you into a superhuman beach goddess. This has yet to happen to me. And I'm thinking it may have something to do with all of the cheese and the bacon I add to said kale? Please advise. Will forgo divinity if it means I get to keep eating this salad. —Kendra Vaculin

What You'll Need
  • For the salad:
  • 2 cups Brussels sprout ribbons (about 6 Brussels sprouts, chopped width-wise to create ribbons)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Sprinkle of shelled sunflower seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  1. Combine the kale and Brussels sprouts in a medium bowl. Add the bacon, cheese, and seeds; toss everything to combine.
  2. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small glass. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds, then whisk the dressing again and toss it into the salad. Season with salt and ground pepper.

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11 Reviews

Vivi B. November 17, 2014
I really enjoyed the combination of kale and brussel sprouts. I found the dressing a bit sweet so I added some lemon zest and hot chili flakes. That worked. Just finished the leftovers!
bussboss2 November 12, 2014
If you do not have Brussel Sprouts, sub cabbage (red, regular or savoy). You do not need 2 cups though, I use 1:4 ratio. I Chiffonade the Kale and Cabbage together. Works incredibly well together.
bussboss2 November 12, 2014
I also used dried cherries, cut up, and dried blueberries. Unbelievably good
Kristin S. November 5, 2014
I'll be honest, the lazy side in me would buy pre-shredded brussel sprouts. This recipe looks awesome though, can't wait to try it
jularcher October 25, 2014
This is incredibly tasty! I tried to save some for dinner but that didn't go so well. I couldn't find Brussels sprouts so just made it with kale. Will definitely have this in rotation as often as I can find kale where I live. Great recipe!
Scribbles October 23, 2014
Brussel sprouts and Kale - two of my favorites - I'll be trying this!
Beth100 October 21, 2014
The dressing sounds delicious! Do 6 Brussels' sprouts really fill 2 cups when ribboned?
Kendra V. October 23, 2014
i think i had big sprouts, but they really did!
EmilyC October 21, 2014
Made this the other night (sans bacon because I didn't have any) and it was really lovely. The dressing really works well. Will definitely make again!
Judy October 21, 2014
Doesn't the kale have to be "massaged" before it is eaten?
Kendra V. October 21, 2014
I dont think so! I just sliced it into little ribbons and munched away!