Looking for a side dish, or a delicious salad to serve up for lunch or dinner? Then this salad is for you! This salad has a nice blend of flavors and textures that is well rounded and packed with nutrients. This recipe is gluten free and Paleo friendly.
I love making salads, because there are so many flavor combinations and ways to keep them new and interesting. I will typically purchase Brussel sprouts when I am at the store. You can roast them in the oven with some avocado oil and salt, or shred them for a nutrient dense base to any salad. Brussel sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable that are full of antioxidants, vitamin C and K, and dietary fiber. I will admit that it took me awhile to get on the Brussel sprout train, but now I am always on the hunt for these gems.
For the bacon I always go for a sugar free brand such as Nature’s Rancher, Butcher Box, and Applegate. Sometimes you will find some sneaky ingredients in bacon, so just be mindful of the brand you purchase and whether or not it is truly Paleo friendly. For the pecans be sure to get an unsalted package to avoid excessive salt.
The dressing is pretty great here, and you can even use this on other salads as well. Homemade salad dressings are always the way to go. A brand of store bought salad dressing that I trust is Primal Kitchen. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do. This has become a regular staple in my house. Serve this alongside burgers or grilled chicken for a well balanced meal complete with healthy fats, protein, fiber, and greens!
I am a lover of all things honey mustard, and grilled chicken salads. Naturally, I had to blend the two together for an amazing lunch or dinner option. The blend of protein, fiber, and fat makes this a well balanced meal that will satisfy everyone at the table. This recipe is gluten free and paleo friendly.
My love for honey mustard stems back to my fast food days. Literally, any time I was offered a condiment I immediately responded with “honey mustard”, followed by “please” of course. Honey mustard is such a delightful flavor, and I paired it with sweet potatoes, bacon, and toasted cashews for an amazing salad that can be served as a lunch or dinner.
When I made my Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Wedges I seriously put them on top of everything. I made them with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The recipe is linked here and down below. If you are not a bacon fan, then you can easily use 1 medium sized sweet potato and chop and roast alongside the Brussel sprouts. The dressing is super simple to make as well. Salad dressings can contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients such as highly processed oils and sugars that cause inflammation. I always opt for homemade dressings or Primal Kitchen brand for simple and healthy options. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do. I am craving one as I type this.
1tbspstone ground mustardPrimal Kitchen's Brown Mustard is a good option
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
1 1/2cupswashed, and halved Brussel sprouts
1/4cuptoasted, unsalted cashewstoasted in a small pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes
3Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato WedgesRecipe is linked below*
1tbspapple cider vinegar
1tspstone ground mustard
1tspfresh lemon juice
Poke the raw chicken with a fork and mix in the marinade ingredients. Allow the chicken to set with the marinade for 30 minutes to an hour prior to grilling.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and prepare the sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts while the chicken marinates
Prepare & bake the bacon wrapped sweet potatoes (recipe is linked below), or you can chop up a sweet potato and roast with the sprouts. Just cut the sweet potatoes into smaller chunks so they roast evenly.
Toss the Brussel sprouts onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and coat with the avocado oil and sea salt. Roast for about 10-15 minutes until crisp
Cook the chicken until no longer pink. I grilled mine, but you can bake it if that is more your thing as well.
Combine and whisk together all of the dressing ingredients
Arrange all of the salad ingredients in a bowl with the sprouts, sweet potatoes, toasted cashews, sliced chicken, and sliced avocado. Drizzle on the dressing, and enjoy!