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Super Healthy Salad- Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Beet Pesto

A super antioxidant powerhouse salad of raw Brussels sprouts, raw beet pesto, and red quinoa with olive oil, lemon and pecorino cheese.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 pound Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon juice from fresh orange
  • ¾ cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa optional
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • red beet pesto


  • Rinse Brussels Sprouts thoroughly. Remove some of the large outer leaves to roast.
  • Using a mandolin, shred Brussels sprouts or using a chef’s knife, slice thinly.
  • Mix together olive oil, lemon zest.
  • Mix Brussels sprouts with olive oil dressing just until sprouts are wet. Set aside. You will reserve the rest of the dressing for later.
  • The quinoa is optional and a great addition for added protein and heft.
  • Cook quinoa. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in mesh strainer under running water for two minutes. Place in pot with two cups water and 2 teaspoons salt.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, cook for 15 more minutes. Place remaining olive oil in saute pan with 1 clove minced garlic. Lightly saute
  • Add in one tablespoon butter and smoked almonds. Add quinoa.
  • Stir for about two minutes to toast.
  • Add in ½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour toasted quinoa over the raw Brussels sprouts.
  • Add in orange juice. Stir.
  • Toss with 1/2 to 1 cup of red beet pesto.
  • Serve at room temperature.