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Green Powerhouse Salad with Lemon Peppercorn Dressing

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We have had a lot of king cake and candy consumption in this house for the past few weeks. Celebrating Mardi Gras and then Valentine’s Day has given us our fair share of sweets. To offset so much sweetness I was craving something light and refreshing. Something simple but filling. Something like a salad. You see sometimes I just want a nice hearty salad. I know I may be the only one but I actually crave salads. Salads make me happy and this particular day all I wanted for dinner was a big bowl of nothing but greens! (Seeing as how my husband doesn’t crave salads like us normal people-there is no need to worry- he was provided grilled chicken and bread alongside his salad).

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My Green Power House Salad is no ordinary salad. It is one for the books because it packed full of different types of green vegetables. Green beans, Brussels sprouts, shelled edamame and broccolini. The salad is roasted alongside slices of lemon, shallots and minced garlic and then dressed with THE MOST DELICIOUS DRESSING IN THE WORLD! Seriously, the most delicious dressing in the world! Lemon juice, sea salt, a hint of mustard and crushed peppercorns whipped together is a winning combo. With the addition of yogurt it makes the dressing slightly thick allowing it to stick into those tiny crevices in the veggies. Not so thick to the point of a creamy ranch or Caesar dressing but just not as light as a vinaigrette. With spring slowly tip-toeing in (as in hints of sunshine here and there) this salad is the perfect dish to lighten the load and keep your full of energy!

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Green Powerhouse Salad with Lemon Peppercorn Dressing
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 TBSP minced shallots
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 1 bunch of broccolini, trimmed
  • 1½ cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed (quartered if you prefer)
  • 1½ cups trimmed fresh green beans
  • For the Dressing:
  • 2 TBSP Saucy Mama Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked black peppercorn
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 3 TBSP plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tso lemon juice (more to taste)
  • 6 TBSP EVOO
Instructions
  1. To Make the Dressing: In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients together, drizzling and whisking in the EVOO at the end. Set aside
  2. For the Salad: In a large bowl toss the vegetables with the garlic, shallots, red pepper, olive oil and salt. Place on a large rimmed roasting pan and toss place the slices of lemon throughout. Roast at 350 for 20 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are nice and tender. Remove from the oven and immediately toss with the dressing. Serve at room temperature.

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18 Comments

  1. Adri

    This salad looks delicious – all the different textures, and the bright lemon flavor. This one is a winner. Thanks!

    17 . Feb . 2015
  2. Eva Taylor

    Thanks for taking that pop-up down to sign up for your blog, it was annoying on my iPhone as it was always too big and navigating around it was cumbersome.
    I’ve been thinking of you and your King Cake because our next progressive dinner is themed around Mardi Gras! I’ll be by again for that recipe because I’ve got the dessert course.
    This salad sounds perfect for my taste, I adore all the vegetables and roasting them sounds perfect for these polar vortex-like temperatures. The dressing does sound incredibly yummy too.

    17 . Feb . 2015
  3. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    What a great salad chocked full of fabulous flavors and ingredients. I would be very happy with this for dinner.
    Sam

    17 . Feb . 2015
  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    A fantastic side dish, Jess. I love that tangy peppery dressing too.

    17 . Feb . 2015
  5. Monica

    I love healthy yet satisfying and this salad looks wonderful! The dressing really has my attention…the inclusion of the yogurt is so interesting and makes perfect sense. I have to try it!

    17 . Feb . 2015
  6. K / Pure & Complex

    This is definitely a powerhouse salad. Okay, now you’ve gone and made me hungry lol.

    17 . Feb . 2015
  7. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That’s just my kind of salad, filled with wonderful green veggies!

    17 . Feb . 2015
  8. yummychunklet

    What a delicious and green looking dish! Looks delicious!

    18 . Feb . 2015
  9. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Yummo on that salad dressing!

    Btw, if you put a ! at the beginning of any line in EasyRecipe it makes it a heading so people like me wouldn’t have to scroll down trying to find the dressing. 🙂

    18 . Feb . 2015
  10. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I’ve already printed this because it speaks to me and is calling my name – wow and yum! Thank you so much for this inspiration. Add a little chunk or two of potato and my husband would be thrilled! I feel silly for being so happy about this recipe but I really am – all about the balance!

    18 . Feb . 2015
  11. Asmita

    Love all the flavors of this salad! Absolutely delicious!

    18 . Feb . 2015
  12. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Okay this is my kind of salad and the dressing sounds awesome!

    18 . Feb . 2015
  13. Balvinder

    Indeed this is a powerhouse salad and the dressing sounds delicious. They are ingredients I almost always have on hand.

    18 . Feb . 2015
  14. Joanne

    I love salads where there is not a leaf of lettuce in sight! This is stuffed with so much nutrition AND deliciousness!

    19 . Feb . 2015
  15. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I love a good green powerhouse salad with a lemony dressing. Yum!

    20 . Feb . 2015
  16. Lily Lau

    I love these green recipes, I always need more inspiration to eat healthy! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    21 . Feb . 2015
  17. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I emailed the recipe myself and going to check this out tomorrow! I always love trying out your recipes. Love brussel sprouts and super excited about the new way to enjoy them with this dressing!

    26 . Feb . 2015
  18. Lea Andersen

    This looks amazingly healthy. Yay! What a nice salad to start your day. The healthiness will surely do good with my body, I hope my kids will love this too. But kids are kids, you know, hatin’ on that green leafy stuffs. yay! Making my head ache, really need to find a healthy recipe that they will enjoy and eat. Been looking for some, in the best restaurants in central but I don’t have the time to always take them out. Mother problems >.<

    06 . Mar . 2015

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