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Warm Brussels Crunch Salad

This warm brussels crunch salad is loaded with texture and flavor! Toasty breadcrumbs, marcona almonds and parmesan make this delish!
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  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • cup marcona almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

lemon vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • I love using leftover quinoa for this. If you don’t have leftovers, make a batch of quinoa! It will only take 15 minutes. You can also use another favorite grain for this.
  • I like to prep by making the lemon vinaigrette first. You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge, it will last a few days. You can also make it fresh. Shake it up before using.
  • I also like to make the breadcrumbs too, this way everything is ready to go. Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and stir to coat them in the butter. Toast for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are golden in color and crunchy. Turn off the heat.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add in the brussels sprouts and garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the brussels softened slightly and are bright green in color. Stir in the cooked quinoa.
  • Transfer the brussels and quinoa to a large bowl. Drizzle with the lemon dressing and toss. Top with the marcona almonds, parmesan cheese and toasted breadcrumbs. Serve immediately while warm. Leftovers are good cold too!

lemon vinaigrette

  • In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk while streaming in the olive oil. This dressing stays great in the fridge in a sealed container for a week or so, so feel free to make a double batch if desired!

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