Friday, November 16, 2012

Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate

 I usually get sad when summer ends because it means the end of all that wonderful produce. Plus, no more farmer's market. Then I realized that this salad is packed with fresh seasonal ingredients and there's nothing second rate about it. Fall and winter is usually all about soups and casseroles, but it doesn't have to be!

I rarely buy pomegranates because they are so expensive, but Aldi had them for $.50 this week. Even though we bought three, they lasted less than 24 hours. I'm pretty sure they are my daughter's new favorite snack. That girl's got expensive taste! Last weekend, she was eating sushi. Pretty sure my first sushi experience was last year.

If you can't get your hands on a pomegranate, you could use oranges or grapefruits. No pumpkin seeds? Try walnuts or almonds. There's lots of room for adjustments here, just as with most salads.

Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate
Serves 4-6
Inspired by this recipe from Whole Living

Zest from one lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon or regular mustard
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
Outer leaves from 1 pound Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed (I reserved the inner leaves for roasting in another recipe)
2 cups mixed salad greens
1 avocado, thinly sliced
Seeds from 1 pomegranate (this video shows you how to remove them)

In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, and mustard. Slowly add olive oil while constantly whisking to help prevent separation of your dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In a small pan over medium heat, stir pumpkin seeds until lightly toasted and you hear a few pops. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine sprout leaves, greens, avocado, pomegranate seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Serve with dressing and additional salt and pepper to sprinkle on top.



  1. Yum! Looks delish! I LOVE avacodos and will have to try this!

  2. Since I want to eat the beautiful photos, I will likely try this salad out this weekend. It's the most Edel-friendly salad I've seen with two of her favorites, avocados and pomegranates. Mmm for end of summer options.

    1. I hope she likes it! We've been finding cheap pomegranates lately and it's been great!


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