Kale Brussels Sprout and Pear Salad


With crunchy bitter greens, this kale brussels sprout and pear salad has everything from salty blue cheese to almonds to sherry vinaigrette. It is a great fall/winter salad.

Kale Brussels Sprout Pear SaladIt’s pretty much a guarantee that I will have greens in my fridge—usually at least two kinds at any given time.  

Spinach is a must for my morning berry smoothie, but the other leaves depend on what salads I have planned for the week ahead. Garbage salads are one of my go-to meals.

I find I can stretch odd amounts of leftovers. My solution is to add a few handfuls of salad greens along with vinegar and oil.
Kale Brussels Sprout and Pear Salad
It’s my way of cleaning out the fridge and avoiding food waste while getting more than my daily requirement of veggies.

I love Romaine for chopped salads, but ever since the massive recall, I’ve been feeling kind of lost. It has pushed me to reach for other options.

I’m beginning to see Romaine reappear on restaurant menus. Yet the selection at the grocery is still mostly spinach and arugula.

Kale Brussels Sprout and Pear Salad
With such limited choices, I ended up making a kale brussels sprout and pear salad. I’m not sure that I miss all the other salad mixes.

Brussels sprouts have been appearing in lots of my recent fall salads. They are good shredded or trimmed with the leaves separated. Sprouts are tasty roasted, but I think I prefer them left raw.

Kale Brussels Sprout Pear Salad

How To Make A Kale Brussels Sprout and Pear Salad

For this salad, I shred the brussels sprouts. Then I toss them with chopped Lacinato kale and scallions.

To offset those bitter greens, I add diced red Bartlett pears for subtle sweetness while crumbled blue cheese is a bit salty, strong and pungent.

Chopped almonds give the salad crunch.

For the dressing, I whisk together sherry vinaigrette and drizzled it over this hearty bowl.

The combination of mixed greens is satisfying and crunchy.

This kale brussels sprout and pear salad always satisfies my craving for chopped salads. It’s more nutritious than just simply romaine.

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Kale, Brussels Sprout and Pear Salad

Kale Brussels Sprout Pear Salad

With crunchy bitter greens, this kale brussels sprout and pear salad has everything from salty blue cheese to almonds to sherry vinaigrette. It is a great fall / winter salad.

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time:
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
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Ingredients

For salad

4 cups chopped Lacinato kale

1 pound brussels sprouts, shaved thinly with a mandolin or a food processor fitted with the slicing disc

2 scallions, thinly sliced

2 red pears, cored and diced

1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 tablespoon minced chives

For vinaigrette

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the kale, brussels sprouts, scallions, pears, almonds, blue cheese and chives.

For the vinaigrette, combine the garlic, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in the olive oil until fully combined. Drizzle the vinaigrette into the salad, tossing to combine.

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