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Salad dressing made from sweet and mellow white balsamic vinegar balances out the assertive greens and Brussels sprouts in this healthy winter salad. If you have one handy, a small mandoline makes it easy to slice the Brussels and apple.

Apple, Fig and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Serves 5

Serving Size: 2 cups

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1/4 teaspoon salt

Ground pepper to taste

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

8 cups baby kale and/or frisee

1 head Belgian endive, leaves separated

1 cup very thinly sliced Brussels sprouts

 

1 small red apple, thinly sliced

1/3 cup toasted walnuts

4 fresh figs, halved or quartered if large

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

Whisk vinegar, mustard, shallot, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in oil until well combined.

Combine kale (and/or frisee), endive, Brussels sprouts, apple and walnuts in a large bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat. Add a generous grinding of pepper. Top with figs, pomegranate seeds and dried cranberries.

To make ahead: Refrigerate dressing (Step 1) and salad (Step 2) separately for up to four hours; toss together just before serving.

Recipe nutrition: Per serving: 248 calories; 17 g fat (2 g sat, 9 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 2 g added sugars; 15 g total sugars; 4 g protein; 5 g fiber; 173 mg sodium; 434 mg potassium.

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (78 percent daily value), Vitamin A (56 percent dv)

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving(s)

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, 3 fat

(EatingWell is a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at www.eatingwell.com.)

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