Wild Rice and Brussels Sprouts Salad
By Jenny Breen
For the Salad:
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, quartered lengthwise
- 1/2 a medium purple cabbage chopped into 1-inch pieces (no need to separate each layer)
- 3 medium leeks
- 2 medium unpeeled sweet potatoes, diced small (about 1/2 inch pieces)
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
- 1 bunch kale, ribs removed and leaves sliced thinly
- 1 1/2 cups wild rice, cooked in 5 cups water (about 5 cups cooked)
- 1 cup toasted, crushed almonds
- Feta cheese, crumbled
For the Dressing
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup champagne or white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 Tablespoons tahini
- 3 tablespoons honey, more to taste if desired
- Pinch of salt
- Black pepper, to taste
Preheat your oven to 400°F with your pan inside. You want it nice and hot so that it will instantly begin to brown your veggies.
Quarter your Brussels sprouts. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise and rinse thoroughly under cold running water, then dry them. Slice each half leek into ½ inch slices. Try to keep the moons in-tact so they cook at the same rate as the sprouts.
Drizzle brussels sprouts, cabbage and leeks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Separately, toss sweet potatoes to coat.
Roast (sprouts, cabbage and leeks together, sweet potatoes separately) on baking pan 25-35 minutes, stirring after 15. They are done when there are some nice brown caramelized pieces, some crispy pieces, and you can pierce the sprouts or sweet potatoes easily with a fork. Roasting time will depend on the size of your sprouts.
Note: If you do not have an oven to roast (or it is currently occupied by a turkey!), these vegetables can be prepared on a hot skillet, by adding adequate oil and salt, and sautéing, and stirring frequently until tender and caramelized-about 12-15 minutes.
For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a container that closes securely. Shake vigorously (i.e. as hard as you can.) or whisk, until emulsified. Shake it again before adding to the salad. Make sure you taste it – then adjust your salt, pepper and honey.
Immediately after you remove your veggies from the oven, drizzle the entire pan with some honey – not a ton, just enough to add a little sweetness. Gently stir to coat. Combine rice, roasted vegetables, kale and almonds in a large bowl; toss with dressing to taste. Sprinkle with feta and serve.