In August I’m sharing all of my favorite no-cook meals perfect for these long, hot days of the dwindling summer.
This post is sponsored by Wellshire Farms. As always, all of the thoughts and opinions are my own and I am grateful to work with brands that I support.
The end of August is an interesting time when we’re calling it quits on the summer season even though we technically have almost a whole month left until Autumn! Many kids (and parents) are preparing to head back to school if they haven’t already while we are still trying to cram in all of the delicious summer foods. The days are still super hot and yet if you look closely you’ll begin to see even more signs of the seasonal shift.
Earlier sunsets, nights that require a sweater and yes, the beginning of the fall produce season arrives at the farmer’s market. That’s why I wanted to share with you this Maple Mustard Brussels Sprout Salad with Black Forest Bacon as part of the no-cook series. Brussels sprouts are actually one of the first cool weather crops you’ll see appear which makes it the perfect choice for this time of seasonal transitions.
I love this salad because it is so easy to put together especially if you pre-cook the bacon ahead of time. Since this is about the time of year we start to get back to routines, this salad is also a great way to get inspired to start meal prepping again.
For this salad I love to use Wellshire’s Black Forest Uncured Bacon. Its thick sliced which means you get lots of delicious, subtly sweet flavors in every bite. Plus, as with all of Wellshire’s products, I know this bacon is made using high-quality ingredients and from humanely raised animals which is something really important to me.
While this salad is incredibly easy to put together, there is one important step you won’t want to skip which is to massage the Brussels sprouts and kale before adding in the rest of the ingredients. Both the Brussels sprouts and kale are cruciferous vegetables and since they won’t be cooked, they need a little help breaking down before you enjoy them. It’s really simple to do and I’ve included the instructions below.
The maple mustard dressing in this salad is also one you’ll want to use on lots of salads so I suggest doubling the recipe (or tripling it!) to enjoy it all week long. It’s not too sweet but has just the right amount of maple flavor to balance out the tartness of the mustard and vinegar.
As you can see, there’s no better time to serve up this no-cook meal that’s perfect for the changing seasons. Make sure to pick up Wellshire’s Black Forest Uncured Bacon at your local Whole Foods Market and give it a try tonight!