Well, here we are again. Fall is in full swing and Thanksgiving is a few weeks away. I am gearing up to make my first Thanksgiving dinner, as I have somehow eluded this act all of my adult life. I have done side dishes and assisted, but not the whole dinner. Thus, as I found myself browsing through Pinterest and checking out Crystal’s Thanksgiving Meal Prep and Meal Planner I decided to keep it simple. Two or three sides and protein. Maybe some dessert… This is complicated by a specific eating plan my family is following, so in full research mode I steered clear of traditional Thanksgiving foods and looked for something yummy. And I was successful!
One reason I like Bacon and Brussel Sprouts Salad from Pinch of Yum is that it is great for anyone who is one a special diet or avoiding certain foods. The recipe consists of whole foods that are available in most stores. Check out the recipe below and my tips and tricks too!
- Juice of one Lemon
- 2-3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Shallot, minced
- ½ cup Olive Oil
- ½ teaspoon Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- 1 pound of Brussels Sprouts
- 1/2 cup Almonds, sliced or slivers
- 3-6 slices cooked organic nitrate-free bacon, crumbled or chopped
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Combine the lemon juice, orange juice, apple cider, and shallots in a small bowl or salad dressing bottle.
- Add the olive oil and whisk for a minute or two, until it becomes creamy-looking.
- Note: this will result in extra dressing.
- Slice the brussels sprouts either by hand or in food processor. Aim for thin pieces.
- Toss the brussels sprouts, almonds, bacon, and cheese. Add desired amount of dressing (add a little, taste and then add more if needed).
- Serve immediately or within a few hours of tossing.
- This recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. I only added a bit a bit of dressing to the salad and stored it. It was been a few days and it is still crisp.
- My recipe is not sweet at all. If want a sweeter taste, try adding cranberries or pomegranate to the salad.
- This salad is super customizable! Don't eat bacon? Add some ham, chicken, or even shrimp. Look for organic, wild, and free of nitrates whenever possible. This salad could even be made vegetarian by omitting the meat.
- Check out the original recipe for a larger recipe yield.
Turkey and Brussels Sprouts,
Mrs. Know it All