Mad Greens Inspired Brussels Sprout & Quinoa Bowl

We were driving home from the airport a few months ago and stopped at Mad Greens for a quick lunch. Jamie ordered the Belgium Bowl and has pretty much been obsessed with it ever since. So much so, that we now have driven out of the way to find a Mad Greens more than once. The Belgium Bowl has a number of ingredients, but is essentially a roasted brussels sprouts, quinoa, and chicken bowl with some fun toppings like bacon, goat cheese, and pecans. It’s hearty and very filling, which is something we look for in a lunch salad. We started to make this salad at home and have mixed and matched our own variations to get it to the recipe we are sharing today. It has become a family favorite and a great recipe to transition from winter into spring.

Mad Greens Inspired Brussels Sprout & Quinoa Bowl

  • Servings: 4 entrée servings
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A hearty and healthy brussels sprout and quinoa bowl, inspired by the Belgium Bowl at Mad Greens.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups finely shaved brussels sprouts (you can do this in a food processor)
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the quinoa. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the quinoa and cook on a simmer until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until it is crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan and set it aside on paper towel, reduce the heat of the pan to low and drain the fat from the pan. You don’t need to clean the pan completely – you can leave any fat that remains on the bottom of the pan. Add the pecans to the pan and toast them until they become fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, make the dressing. Whisk the olive oil, mustard, and honey together in a small bowl. This dressing is more on the mustardy side (our preference) but if you want the dressing to be a little sweeter, add the full 1/4 cup honey into the dressing. Once all ingredients are combined, add a little water to the dressing to thin it out to a drizzly consistency and season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. Add the quinoa and brussels sprouts to a large mixing bowl. Chop the bacon and add it to the bowl along with the toasted pecans and red onion. Dollop the goat cheese around the salad and add the dressing over top. Toss everything really well so that the goat cheese is spread throughout the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

In our family, the concept of “salad” on Thanksgiving is a bit controversial. Some (looking at you Nana) will say that salad is a waste of a dish and it’s all about the decadence. The rest of us feel like a good salad can mix things up and give us a little break from the decadence, which ultimately allows us to enjoy those dishes even more. When choosing a salad for our Thanksgiving Menu, we knew that we wanted it to be crunchy and citrusy to really contrast the hearty dishes like stuffing and mashed potatoes. We know that shaving brussels sprouts can be a pain, but we usually do this the day before and speed things up by using a mandolin or a food processor. Getting the sprouts shaved really thin helps break them down so that they are a bit easier to eat raw. We have kept this salad intentionally simple; just a few ingredients to brighten up an otherwise very decadent dinner menu.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Servings: 8=10
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A zesty, crunchy salad to brighten up any menu.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs whole Brussels sprouts, stem removed and shaved as thin as possible
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed
  • 3/4 cup toasted and chopped pecans
  • 3 lemons, zest and juice
  • 3 tbs honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Put the shaved sprouts into a colander and rinse really well with water, tossing to remove any excess dirt. Set aside to let drain.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking the lemons, honey, garlic, and mustard together in a small bowl. Add the olive oil in a steady stream and whisk thoroughly to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Assemble the salad by combining the Brussels sprouts, pomegranate, pecans, and dressing in serving bowl. Toss to combine. The salad can sit for up to two hours before serving if you want to prepare it in advance.


Brussels Sprouts Chopped Salad

We hope everyone is getting off to a successful start with their New Year’s resolutions! For those of you trying to keep things healthy this month, we bring you this Brussels Sprout Chop Salad. We have a few rules when we are trying to keep up with clean eating: 1) the food has to be filling and 2) the food has to be super tasty. If we accomplish those two rules with our recipes, eating healthy doesn’t feel like a chore. This salad is super filling even without a traditional protein. We love it for a lunch entrée during the work week or as a side salad at night for dinner. 

Brussels Sprouts Chopped Salad
Makes: 2 entree salads (4 side salads) 
Prep Time: 15 minutes    Total Time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups shaved brussels sprouts (approx 1 lb)
  • 2 large honeycrisp apples 
  • juice of 1/2 lemon 
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 

For Dressing: 

  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 tbs Dijon mustard 
  • 1 tbs honey (or 2 tbs if you prefer a sweeter dressing) 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

  1. Make the dressing. Use a whisk and a small bowl to combine all of the dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside and let the flavors blend together. 
  2. Use your hands to comb through the brussels sprouts, breaking up any large pieces and giving the sprouts a shredded confetti texture. Put them in a large bowl. 
  3. Dice the apples and sprinkle them with the lemon juice. Add the apples to the bowl. 
  4. Add the remaining salad ingredients- pine nuts, cranberries, and parmesan- to the Brussels sprouts bowl. Toss with the dressing and serve chilled or room temperature.