Ah, this salad. It is chock full of not only the scrumptious tastes of fall, but the carrots and the shallots and the slightly charred bits make it look like fall too. It is served just the right amount of warm, and while you don’t HAVE to do this, I like to make all this healthiness just the slightest bit naughty by adding a handful of bacon. I’m not saying this is ever going to replace mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole on your holiday table…but you might want to make room for it alongside those favorites. Ready for a warm and wonderful salad? Let’s make it!
One of my goals in life is to win over even the most ardent Brussels sprouts dislikers, and by that I mainly mean the Southern husband. There are a lot of things he will do for me, but until recently, Brussels sprouts weren’t one of them. Then I came up with this roasted chopped version and the door was cracked open just a teeny bit, Brussels sprouts-wise…I think it might have been the cheese in there with the sprouts.
Which led me to this brainstorm: WHAT IF I ADDED BACON. Yup. I think you know how this ends. Let’s make it!
This recipe for chopped Brussels sprouts with feta cheese may be among the most exciting I have ever written about on my blog. Maybe not to you, although I think you are going to fall head over heels for crispy, tender chopped sprouts mixed with tangy feta cheese and roasted walnuts. But for me, it is a personal and hard-won triumph in that I have converted the Southern husband over to the Brussels Sprouts Side. Up until now, I had to sneak them into things like chicken salad with Brussels sprouts, and even that didn’t really work. But this is a bona-fide all Brussels sprouts all the time side dish where the sprouts are front and center…and he likes it! He really likes it! My work is hereby finished. Except for…let’s make some!
This recipe for chicken farro salad with roasted vegetables comes from two things: the fact that I had leftover chicken in my fridge, and the second fact that I had gone way too long without brussels sprouts. The Southern husband doesn’t like brussels sprouts, and so I don’t ever make them just by themselves. I keep telling myself though that if I can just come up with a recipe that uses them as an ingredient, he will realize the error of his ways and starting adoring brussels sprouts the way I do. And/or if I come with a recipe that has enough other ingredients, he won’t notice the gorgeous little brussels sprouts. And then he will accidentally eat one and love them forever. Did this work? Read on!
It’s hard to put into words what it feels like to be the only, and I mean only person in your house who loves Brussels sprouts. The Southern husband, the guy who has bravely and enthusiastically embraced everything from grilled macaroni and cheese sandwiches to chocolate-dipped bacon draws the line at Brussels sprouts. The Southern daughter and her posse? Hahahahaha. Not even the dog will eat them with me, and she once ate a piece of the driveway. (Not kidding.) But I know, I know, I know there are other Brussels sprouts lovers out there, and so this one is for you guys. My Brussels sprouts soul-mates.