Southwest Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette has a southwestern kick with cotija cheese, pepitas, roasted corn and bacon. | platingsandpairings.com

This Southwest Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon has a southwestern kick with cotija cheese, pepitas, roasted corn and bacon.

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette has a southwestern kick with cotija cheese, pepitas, roasted corn and bacon. | platingsandpairings.com

About a month ago, I was in our neighborhood market grabbing a rotisserie chicken for a quick lunch and I wanted something to go alongside it – salad, veggie?… Something to get a bit more nutrition in there. And then I spotted the perfect sounding salad in their deli case – Shaved brussels sprouts topped with lots of crumbled cotija cheese, crunchy pepitas, roasted corn and crispy pancetta – All with a cumin lime vinaigrette. I was sold.

I mean, that salad was pretty much my spirit animal. It had all of my favorite things going on – Cumin, pancetta, brussels. It was love at first bite, and it was a perfect compliment to the rotisserie chicken, but this salad was definitely hearty enough to be a meal all on its own.

I took bite after bite and started thinking that I needed to set out on a mission to recreate this salad at home. I thought it would be perfect for make ahead lunches during the work week because there’s no lettuce in it which = no sogginess.

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette has a southwestern kick with cotija cheese, pepitas, roasted corn and bacon. | platingsandpairings.com

I did make a couple changes – Swapping bacon for the pancetta (because I always have bacon on hand) and throwing in some red cabbage for added color. Next was to recreate that yummy dressing – I wanted the cumin flavor to really shine through – because I love its smoky flavor, but I wanted a lot of brightness from the lime too. Using a good heaping spoonful of cumin and the juice from an entire lime gave me that perfect flavor balance that I was looking for. A bit of garlic, pinch of red pepper flakes and good seasoning with salt and pepper finished it off.

Since fresh corn wasn’t currently available, I swapped in some frozen corn and gave it a good char in my skillet. It got just a teeny bit smoky and took on a nice color that way. I can only imagine this salad would be even better with corn that’s fresh cut off the cob, but in all honesty, this salad turned out amazing anyway.

This Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette is currently making work day lunches much more exciting in my world. Crunchy, tangy, smoky, bacon-y, cheesy salad goodness that really would make anyone happy to eat a salad every-single-day-of-the-week.

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Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon Recipe

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette has a southwestern kick with cotija cheese, pepitas, roasted corn and bacon. | platingsandpairings.com

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brussels sprout salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 413 kcal
Author: Erin
This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette has a southwestern kick with cotija cheese, pepitas, roasted corn and bacon.
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Ingredients

Salad:

  • 4 strips bacon diced
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 5 cups thinly sliced brussels sprouts about 1 lb.
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ½ cup finely grated cotija cheese

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Sautee bacon in medium skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Remove almost all the fat from the skillet, just leaving a thin coating. 

  2. Increase the heat to medium high and add the corn to the skillet – Sautee until it starts to char slightly, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Prepare the dressing by whisking together all ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the brussels sprouts and cabbage to a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Top with bacon, charred corn, pepitas and cotija cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 392mg17%
Potassium 665mg19%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1170IU23%
Vitamin C 113mg137%
Calcium 163mg16%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Brussels Sprouts:

  • With its minerality and hints of stone fruit, a Dry Riesling will pop against the cumin lime vinaigrette on this salad.
  • A light Pinot Noir with bright acidity and earthy notes will also compliment the flavors in this salad nicely.

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14 comments

  1. meredith{Martha Chartreuse}

    I’m on a post-holiday healthy eating plan and this would be PERFECT!

    Reply

  2. Pech

    I like to roast my shredded brussels sprouts for a salad, but maybe I like warm salads because the weather has still been cool – and it adds an extra layer of flavor to the sprouts – but adding all of the rest of the ingredients to your recipe sounds like all win on top of the sprouts!

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    1. Erin

      I’m sure this recipe would be fantastic with roasted Brussels sprouts as well Pech – I may need to give that a try!

      Reply

  3. Erin

    I need a salad for my book club dinner tonight and I think this is the winner! I was even stopping at New Seasons. It’s fate. Thanks!!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Glad I could help inspire Erin – Enjoy!

      Reply

  4. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I’ve only been recently converted to the pro-brussels sprouts side of things, but this salad looks like it’ll make me glad for that conversion! The dressing sounds phenomenal.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Catherine – I’m a fan with just about anything that has both cumin and lime!

      Reply

  5. Create/Enjoy

    I love recreating deli and restaurant dishes at home!!! This sounds delish! Also can you please teach me your food photography ways?!!?! 😉

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Suzannah!!! I’ll trade you food photography tips for house photography/decorating tips 😉

      Reply

  6. Bethany @ athletic avocado

    Is there anything this salad isn’t? HOLY FLAVOR PACKED! Need to make ASAP!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      LOL – Thanks Bethany!

      Reply

  7. Chelsea

    5 stars
    Very delicious! I omitted the bacon and added a good drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar to serve.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Love your additions Chelsea!

      Reply

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