The Best New Lunch Salad

This is the kind of recipe that about half of all the people in the world will loooove and the other half would rather die than eat. If you’re a hipster, or a foodie you can probably get down with it. If you’re a red-blooded, vegetable-hating American like that guy I live with, you will think this is meal is a real tragedy.

The reason? Brussels sprouts. I know, I KNOW. They stink. They are little baby cabbages. That stink. BUT. They are so, so good, especially when shredded and turned into a salad. They create a salad base that actually gets better during the day rather than soggy and gross before you even sit down to lunch. Even better- make this the night before, dressing and everything, and grab and go on your way to work. I promise it’s worth people thinking you’re a weirdo. Then again, that happens to me all the time, so I don’t know what to tell you. Just eat the salad.

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Brussels Sprouts Salad
— 2-3 cups pre-shredded brussels sprouts (no need to be a hero- buy them already shredded)
— 1 peeled carrot, diced
— 1/2 small jalapeno, finely diced (optional)
— 1/2 cup English cucumber, diced
— 2 slices cooked bacon, rough chopped

1-Minute Honey Lime Dressing
— 2 tablespoons lime juice (bottled, unless you’re Barefoot Contessa, then fresh-squeezed)
— 1 teaspoon honey
— 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
— 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
— salt & lots of pepper

Combine salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl or jar and shake/whisk to combine. Pour dressing over salad and thoroughly mix. Allow to sit for awhile for flavors to meld and sprouts to soften. Best if made overnight or a few hours in advance.

You can easily alter the ingredients here, but keep the sprouts, obviously. Grilled chicken or salmon would be great on top. I understand that to some people, leftover bacon is kind of like leftover wine. Simply use what you have.

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Let me know if you give it a try, and if you love or hate Brussels sprouts! I am (clearly) firmly in the ‘love’ category.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. My apologies for the poor photo quality. I snapped the pic at my desk. Oh yes, I did.

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