Arugula Salad with Moroccan Mint Brussels Sprouts

by Amie on March 2, 2012

I’ve recently purchased those pretty organic salad greens in the plastic containers.

They’re practical and keep my greens nice n’ plump unlike the bagged versions.

But the best part is that they’re so easy to make a fun meal, put the top back on and bring it with you whether you’re heading out for meetings, traveling on a flight or train, running errands around town or simply storing it in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy.

Think of it like your very own homemade take-out.

Since I still can’t eat out – this makes me feel special.

Why?

Well, it’s easy to transport- quick to assemble and stays fresh n’ tasty all afternoon.

It works for me.

Go ahead, try it.

It’s cheap- vegan and gluten-free.

And tastes pretty darn good, too.

So, next time you’re thinking of stopping to get a salad from a salad bar that’s full of unhealthy options- think again. That nice little container of greens is staring at you.

Pick it up- along with some other fresh produce and make your own salad bar right in your very own kitchen.

No excuses.

You can do this.

I made this salad yesterday and topped it with Brussels sprouts, onions, chlorella and wheat grass powder (don’t let the name fool you- my wheat grass is gluten-free).

Then I sprinkled fresh mint over the whole thing and popped the top back on to savor later that afternoon.

Perfection I tell ya.

The colors alone were enough to get me excited.

I dunno about you but these pretty greens make me so happy.

Am I alone in feeling that way?

It was delicious.  I decided to create a nice nutty flavoring with flax oil, chia seeds and flax seeds along with a touch of Dijon mustard.

Mmmm Good.

Add your favorite fresh herbs or superfood and you’re done.  You have your very own professional salad.

Perfect for your busy work schedule or a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Either way, you’ll smile.

I mean, look at this pretty pink and bright green- doesn’t it remind you of spring?

I know, I know…we’ve got another month or so until springtime – but this baby will keep you happy until then.

I assure you.

Arugula Salad with Moroccan Mint Brussels Sprouts

Gluten-Free and Vegan

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 2 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. ground chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. chlorella
  • 1/2 tsp. wheat grass powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/6 tsp. ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. Barlean’s flax oil
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups fresh mixed greens
  • 2 cups fresh baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest, for garnish

Directions

  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, blanch Brussels sprouts for 3 minutes. Transfer to the ice bath. Drain and pat Brussels sprouts dry.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sherry vinegar with flax seed, chia seeds, chlorella, wheat grass powder, cumin and ginger.  Slowly whisk in flax oil until emulsified.  Add Brussels sprouts and onions; toss to coat, then season with sea salt and pepper.
  3. Mound the mixed greens and arugula on a platter (or in this case open the sealed plastic container of mixed greens and arugula) and top with the dressed Brussels sprouts, mint leaves and pistachio nuts.  Gently toss to coat. Garnish with lemon zest.
  4. Enjoy.
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Jen March 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

The ingredients almost look roasted! (love roasted). Love the colors together :)

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Amie March 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Thanks Jen; have a great weekend!

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Ali @ whatalididnext March 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

Green and Pink?! This could not look any prettier. I love the idea of adding the pistachios to it. Sounds gorgeous. Amie each time I look your photos are loooking more and more gorgeous :)

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Amie March 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Thanks Ali; hope you enjoy it. So happy you are lovin’ my photos. Have a great Sunday night!

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