Brussels Sprouts Ceasar Salad with Polenta Croutons and Pomegranate Seeds

This salad was inspired by a recent visit to Abe Fisher (which, by the way, was an incredible dining experience from start to finish). They prepared an out-of-this-world Brussels sprouts Ceasar salad. It was so good, in fact, that I felt compelled to create my very own version.

It’s an amazing twist on a classic, as well as the perfect salad for the holidays given its festive colors and highly-seasonal ingredients. The polenta croutons and pomegranate seeds add subtle sweetness to an otherwise savory dish. Further, the polenta croutons are a yummy, gluten-free alternative to traditional croutons.

Note: To make just enough dressing for this salad alone, use only one-third of the ingredients in the recipe provided. I, however, wanted leftovers!

Part 1: The Dressing

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups EVOO
  • The juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 can white anchovies
  • 9 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Himalayan salt to taste
  • Cracked black pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor; blend until smooth
  • Funnel into a dressing bottle

Part 2: The Croutons

What you’ll need:

  • 1 log polenta
  • 2 tbsp. grape seed oil

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Cut the log of polenta into small cubes; place into a mixing bowl and coat with grape seed oil
  • Spread the cubes over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring that they don’t touch one another
  • Cook in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until crispy

Part 3: The Salad

What you’ll need:

  • 1 stalk of Brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Ceasar dressing
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Polenta croutons
  • The seeds of half a pomegranate
  • Cracked black pepper

What you’ll do:

  • Remove the Brussels sprouts from the stalk; rinse thoroughly and pat dry
  • Cut each Brussels sprout in half lengthwise; then, out of each half, cut out and discard the portion holding the leaves together; the leaves should easily detach from one another; add to a salad bowl and repeat with each Brussels sprout until all are prepped
  • Combine the prepped Brussels sprouts, dressing, and Parmesan; top with pomegranate seeds and crotons; finish with desired amount of cracked black pepper

2 thoughts on “Brussels Sprouts Ceasar Salad with Polenta Croutons and Pomegranate Seeds

  1. Julie says:

    Oh wow, this brings back memories of Abe Fisher’s for sure. It was one of my favorite dishes there. I love how colorful this dish is! We need to add this to our Thanksgiving dinner menu. Maybe Chris will actually eat it!

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