Quinoa & Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels and quinoa salad I don’t know about you. But with all the holiday treats and comfort foods happening throughout this month, I think finding a few super healthy (but still delicious) meal ideas can really help me feel better. Man cannot live on candy canes and peppermint marshmallows alone. Brussels and quinoa salad This is one of my current favorite easy, healthy dinners. I am a brussels sprout freak. I love them! And if you want to make this even more substantial, feel free to add some baked tofu or cooked shrimp. Brussels sprouts!Quinoa & Brussels Sprout Salad, serves 2-3 as a meal.

1 lb. brussels sprouts
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa (I used regular and red quinoa)
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup vegetable broth
1 lemon
5 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds but any nut you like is great)
salt + pepper

Rinse and cut the brussels sprouts in half. Coat them with 3 tablespoons olive oil and bake at 400°F for 30 minutes.Tips for cooking quinoaIn a medium sized pot combine the quinoa, water and vegetable stock. You can use all water if you don’t have vegetable stock on hand. It just adds flavor. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until all the liquid has absorbed, about 12-15 minutes.Citrus salad dressingFor the dressing combine the lemon juice (about 1/4 cup from one large lemon), 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Once the brussels and quinoa are ready combine in a large bowl, add the almonds and pour over the dressing. Toss so everything gets coated well. Season with a little salt + pepper.Brussels and quinoa saladI like this salad served pipping hot, but it could easily be served cold as well. Either way. Live your life. xo. Emma

Quinoa and Brussels Sprout Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa I used regular and red quinoa
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts I used almonds but any nut you like is great
  • salt + pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse and cut the brussels sprouts in half. Coat them with 3 tablespoons olive oil and bake at 400°F for 30 minutes.
  2. In a medium sized pot combine the quinoa, water and vegetable stock. You can use all water if you don't have vegetable stock on hand. It just adds flavor. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until all the liquid has absorbed, about 12-15 minutes.
  3. For the dressing combine the lemon juice (about 1/4 cup from one large lemon), 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Once the brussels and quinoa are ready combine in a large bowl, add the almonds and pour over the dressing. Toss so everything gets coated well. Season with a little salt + pepper.

Credits // Author and Photography by: Emma Chapman

  • sounds delicious! i’m always looking for ways to incorporate brussel sprouts, they’re so good!
    xo, cheyenne

  • I love brussels sprouts & cook them almost once a week, I’m always looking for new recipes.

  • this looks delicious! I’ve never made brussel sprouts but I love this idea and will definitely make this soon. thanks for sharing!

  • Brussels Sprouts are the best winter food. This looks fab. Love the half broth-half water, adds flavor yet still keeps the cals down.

    -Lacey
    fromwinecountrywithlove.blogspot.com

  • I made this tonight! Perfect.
    I cooked my quinoa in a rice cooker. Easy!
    I also used walnuts since that’s what I had on hand.
    Eating it hot now, hoping it’s just as good cool tomorrow for lunch!

  • I’m definitely going to try this! I love quinoa so this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    christelpaola.blogspot.com

  • This looks really good excluding the nuts… I never got into the whole “add nuts to everything” trend :
    xoxo
    -B♡ MsBerryStylish

  • This looks FANTASTIC! I did a brussels sprouts dish for thanksgiving with bacon and shallots, also very delicious! Great pictures.

    www.withlovefromnash.tumblr.com

  • That looks wonderful and combines two ingredients I’ve really been loving lately!

    Christen
    feathers and ash

  • I’ve been feeling the exact same way.

    Here is my quinoa recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers: http://districtandmore.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/quinoa-turkey-curry-currants/

    And here is my recipe for a delicious fall quinoa salad with apples, cranberries and walnuts.

    http://districtandmore.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/fall-quinoa-salad/

  • I’m going to try your dish, I love quinoa so much!

    http://evaetsandra.com/quinoa-et-boulgour-aux-herbes-et-champignons-facon-risotto/

    I’ll give you my dish, if you want to try!!?

  • This is the perfect healthy dish! Looks great and does great!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/christmas-gift-guide-for-him.html

  • This looks amazing! I only recently discovered quinoa and am looking for all the recipes I can find so thank you!

    http://native-feathers.blogspot.ie/

  • I looove finding easy and delicious quinoa and/or Brussels sprout recipes – thanks so much for sharing this!!

    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

  • I have never tried either one of those but they do look good. I might give it a shot.

    Vintagehoneybee@gmail.com

  • Oh my gosh—-brussels are great! Especially if they are roasted. Tyler Florence (food network) has the best recipe that has bacon, breadcrumbs and parmesan!). YUM.

    This recipe looks delish too, and I love the addition of quinoa for a complete meal in one!

  • this looks super yummy! Maybe for a christmas side dish.

    Thanks!

    co
    brerogers.blogspot.com

  • Here in Crete (Greece) there are some vegetables, called tsimulia, just like the Brussels sprouts, with differences like: not stinking while boiling them, larger size (like apples) and fuller flavor, I eat them in everything, soups, salads, in the oven, everywhere.

    tsiou, from http://www.inwhirlofinspiration.com

  • Mmmmm…this looks gorgeous. I’d never thought of roasting brussel sprouts, but will defo be giving it a go 🙂
    Love Vicky @
    http://aroundandaroundandupsidedown.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Yuuummy! This looks amazing and healthy too. It’s nice to be creative for salads for fall/winter time, thanks guys! <3 xoxo
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrownofCreationShop

  • This looks divine! I love brussel sprouts, and it’s always fun to discover new brussel sprout recipes!

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • This is one of our favorite things to make at our house! I was quite surprised that not only did Blake like Brussels sprouts, but he loved quinoa (which sometimes is just so. bland). Brussels sprouts are a weekly thing around our house, though!

  • Wow, this looks great. Have to try Quinoa, must be good, since it’s all around on blogs these days 😀

    HometownSnapshot

  • You know, I’ve only tried Brussels sprouts once (and was not a huge fan), but reading about how much you love them makes me what to give them a try again. They look delicious here! And I’m all about find some balance between healthy and junk/awesome food during the holidays.

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • This sounds delicious. I am a brussels sprout junkie too, but remember when I was little my sister and I would both cry when my mom tried to get us to eat them.

  • this is one of most favorite meals, too! and, i’m a brussels sprout freak to an extreme. i’m obsessed.

  • I’ve got to admit I have never ever cooked Brussels Sprout… so convinced there were no good! Maybe I should give it a try after all! Since I like quinoa, I am going to give it a try! I need healthy food! 🙂

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