Orange Kale & Brussels Salad w/Roasted Cranberries

Most of you probably know that Dear Hubby is not the biggest fan of vegetables.  The light bulb came on a few years ago when I realized I needed to get more creative in the kitchen to make veggie-laden dishes that my family would actually enjoy, or at least finish.  Since then I have created hundreds of recipes that fit the bill... and miraculously Dear Hubby has loved sweet potatoes and chickpeas in this soup, quinoa in these brownies, shredded broccoli in these tacos, kale in this juice and artichoke dip, and pumpkin in this chili. To be fully transparent, this is not one of those recipes. Dear Hubby took one bite and pushed the bowl as far away from him as possible. To make sure I wasn't completely crazy, I made another batch and took it to work so that my coworkers could taste-test it and give me their opinions. And thankfully I saw completely empty bowls and heard things like, "THANK YOU!!" "Sooooo yummy!" "Is there any more?" and "Perfect for the holidays." PHEW!!

Introducing Orange Kale & Brussels Salad w/Cranberries:

The makings of a beautiful Christmas salad -- fresh cuties and cranberries.

I have become obsessed with roasting cranberries. Just add a bit of oil, a bit of coconut sugar, and a bit of heat... and voila, perfectly flavorful softened berries. This salad is:

  • light and citrus-y
  • perfectly crunchy from the kale, brussels, broccoli, and pecans
  • topped with soft melt-in-your mouth roasted cranberries and fresh clementines
  • full of vitamins and antioxidants
  • easy to throw together
  • good even hours later
  • vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and grain-free

I have been known to make salad dressings using Greek yogurt, but I wanted to make this one completely dairy-free.  So I subbed in Silk Vanilla Protein + FIber Almondmilk. Besides being absolutely delicious, this creamy citrus dressing has a distinct purpose: it takes away any and all bitterness from the kale and brussels!

So all that's left is to take a bite!

Questions:

  • Is there something healthy you love to eat/make that your significant other hates?
  • Have you ever used almondmilk in a salad dressing?

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Orange Kale & Brussels Salad w/Roasted Cranberries

Description

Orange Kale & Brussels Salad w/Roasted Cranberries // via Nosh and Nourish

Ingredients

1 cup
Fresh Cranberries
1 tablespoon
Sesame Oil
1 tablespoon
Coconut Sugar
1  
Beet (peeled & thinly sliced)
6 cups
salad mix (I used a pre-bagged mix of kale, sliced brussel sprouts, broccoli shreds, and red cabbage)
1⁄4 cup
fresh oj (for the dressing)
1⁄4 cup
Silk Vanilla Protein + Fiber Almondmilk (for the dressing)
1⁄4 teaspoon
Minced Garlic (for the dressing)
2 tablespoons
toasted sesame oil (for the dressing)
1 tablespoon
Dark Amber Maple Syrup (for the dressing)
1 tablespoon
Brown Mustard (for the dressing)
1 tablespoon
WHITE Balsamic Vinegar (for the dressing)
1⁄4 teaspoon
Sea Salt (for the dressing)
1⁄2 cup
pecan halves
1  
cutie clementine (diced)
2 tablespoons
crumbled goat cheese (optional -- leave off to keep vegan!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine fresh cranberries, 1 tbsp of sesame oil, and 1 tbsp of coconut sugar. Then lay them in a single layer on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Also lay out the thinly sliced beets in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from heat.
  5. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl: oj through sea salt.
  6. Toss everything together in a large mixing bowl: salad greens, dressing, roasted cranberries and beets, fresh diced clementines, and pecans.
  7. Serve immediately.

Yields 4 Servings