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Happy hump day friends! Hope the first half of your week has been excellent. Thank you for all the sweet one-year blogaversary messages (and 5k messages), you guys truly are the best!
Today I wanted to share a salad we have been loving over here. This is a recipe I had been meaning to recreate for a while now. About a month and a half ago, I had this amazing kale and Brussel sprouts salad with a goat cheese dressing, it was incredible and I knew I needed to recreate it at home. After a little trial and error with the dressing, I finally got it to my liking and ready to share with you guys.
This salad is packed with good for you ingredients and the tangy goat cheese dressing is so delicious mixed in with the shredded Brussel sprouts, sweet bites of date and dried cranberry and crunchy pumpkin seeds.
The whole thing comes together quickly, but can easily be made in advance, just wait to add the dressing until you are ready to serve.
Kale and Brussels Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing
Goat cheese dressing:
- 2 oz goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2-1 teaspoon honey (to taste)
- dash of pepper
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- 1 bag or bunch kale, cut and de-stemmed, massaged with:
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- juice of half a lemon
- 3 cups sliced Brussel sprouts, sautéed
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Directions: To massage kale, place kale with olive oil and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. Gently toss and rub olive oil and lemon into kale until the color starts to slightly brighten.
Saute Brussel sprouts in olive oil on a medium heat and season with salt and pepper to taste, cook until just starting to soften, about 2-3 minutes
Combine all salad ingredients and toss. Drizzle goat cheese dressing on top to serve. Refrigerate all leftovers. Note: The dressing will thicken in the fridge, just add a little water if you need to thin it out before serving.
Let me know if you give it a try. Hope you have a great day!