Looking for a beautiful salad to add to your table? This Brussels sprouts salad with air fryer roasted beets is not only eye-catching but also easy to make and create.

It doesn’t require using your oven, which can be especially important if you are making this during the holidays and don’t have any oven space to spare.

Why Beets on Greens

Having toppings on a bed of greens is one of the best ways to jazz it up and make it because not many people want to eat only greens, and it’s not very filling.

Add roasted tofu, edamame, chickpeas, or other plant-based protein to make it more meal.

This salad uses air fryer roasted beets because it’s quick and easy. Roasting beets in an air fryer makes life 1000x easier and saves time.

If you don’t have an air fryer, you could also make this recipe using the oven or eat the pickled beets raw.

Beets and greens are a duo, so plan to take this to holiday gatherings. The beet color with the deep kale green screams Merry Christmas.

What You Need

This recipe has two parts;

Air fryer beets and the salad, including dressing. Luckily, you can start the beets while making everything else, and the dish will come together quickly.

Kale: Gives the recipe a dark green element to add dimension to the dish. Kale is also a nutrient powerhouse, adding fiber, folate, and vitamin K.

Beets: This recipe uses pickled beets (because it’s what I had), but you could also use fresh beets to increase cooking time. Beets are also full of antioxidants.

Hemp Hearts: Add another nutrient-rich element full of omega-3s! These are small but mighty, and you won’t even notice them, but they will be giving you hidden benefits.

Tools You Might Need

A few tools might come in handy when making this recipe. Linked are some good options if you’re in the market for new equipment and want to save time in the kitchen.

Food Processor: This isn’t 100% needed; however, it will speed up your preparation time. This might be a very beneficial need if you struggle with knife skills.

Air Fryer: An oven can be used, but an air fryer speeds up the process, doesn’t heat your whole house, and doesn’t take up oven space on busy cooking days.

Variations

Leafy greens: Use any dark leafy green. This recipe was tested with kale, but another green will work if you like the taste of the leafy green you choose.

Other seeds: Flax, chia, and hemp hearts are great plant-based sources of omega-3s. Flaxseeds will work, but chia will expand with the moisture of the dressing.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Air Fryer Roasted Beets

A healthy side dish or appetizer for anytime but espcially Christmas or Christmas in July with these fun colors!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time21 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: greens, vegetables
Servings: 5

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce jar pickled beets
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 lb puprle kale or any kale variety
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts

Instructions

  • Drain the pickled beets into a colander. Place 1 even layer of the beet slices into the air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400F. While the beets are cooking, get started on your green salad. 
  • Add the raw Brussels Sprouts to a food processor, and pulse until small pieces form. to make it easier you can cut them in half and then pulse them. If you have great knife skills you could also slice them thinly. Place the Brussels into a large bowl or serving plate. 
  • Trim the kale leaves down the stem to remove the hard stalky part. You won't have to cut the whole leaf likely only the bottom 1/4 of the leaves.
    Then roll the kale leaf up and cut to form kale ribbons. Add them to the Brussels.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or mason jar and pour over the greens. Then top the salad with roasted the beets and enjoy! 

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