If you love Brussels sprouts, then this salad is for you! And if you don’t love Brussels sprouts, you will after eating this salad! The combination of crispy salty bacon, roasted Brussels sprouts and maple mustard dressing is divine!
Warm Brussels Sprouts Bacon Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing Recipe
Are you a Brussels sprouts lover or hater? I LOVE Brussels sprouts but in my family there’s only one other person who likes them. I found out there’s actually a scientific reason as to why some people can’t stand them! How interesting!
Personally, I think if you’re not a big fan of Brussels sprouts, you should definitely give them another chance and make this super yummy salad. Here’s two reasons why these Brussels sprouts taste amazing. The first reason is that I use frozen Brussels sprouts – in particular baby Brussels sprouts. These have the advantage that they’re EXTRA sweet and tender. The second reason is that by roasting your Brussels sprouts, they will become slightly caramelized and their natural sweetness will come out more.
Of course, you can also use fresh Brussels sprouts if they’re in season now where you live. I generally don’t really use fresh ones often because cleaning and preparing them is quite time-consuming. If you use fresh ones, you might need to roast them a bit longer. And if you use frozen ones, make sure to take the Brussels sprouts out of the freezer maybe a couple of hours before so they can defrost.
This salad recipe couldn’t be easier. After cutting your thawed Brussels sprouts into quarters or halfs, you mix them with oil and spices. Then you roast them until they’re soft and caramelized. In the meantime, you fry your bacon until crispy. Then you mix all your ingredients for your dressing and pour half of it over your salad. AND you’re done!
You can totally eat this salad on your own for lunch or it would be a wonderful side dish to share. I would happily have this with any kind of grilled or roasted meat. Or bring it as a potluck dish to your next BBQ family gathering!
Have I convinced a Brussels sprouts hater to try this salad? Or will you rather be making my Legume Risoni & Chickpea Tabbouleh?
Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
If you love Brussels sprouts, then this salad is for you! The combination of crispy salty bacon, roasted Brussels sprouts and maple mustard dressing is divine!
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Quarter or half your thawed Brussels sprouts (depending on their size). Mix in a bowl with the olive oil and spices.
Bake the Brussels sprouts at 180°C (356°F) for 35 minutes, moving them around a bit after 15 minutes.
In the meantime, cut the bacon into pieces (or use pre-cut bacon) and fry it in a pan at medium heat until crispy.
Add the roasted and still warm Brussels sprouts into a bowl along with the bacon and the bacon fat.
Mix olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, vinegar and salt together well for your dressing.
Pour half of the dressing over your salad. Top with some chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!
Dressing: the dressing will be enough for 2 portions of this salad.