Brussels Sprouts Salad

By Rena |

This healthy Brussels Sprouts Salad is made with only a handful of ingredients and with the homemade salad dressing being made with pantry staples. You can even make it ahead of time for a family get-together or meal prep for the week.

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This Brussel Sprouts salad is fresh, crunchy, and oh so flavorful. Once you try this salad it will be your go-to salad throughout the winter. It’s such a versatile salad as it’s great for a family dinner and it’s meal prep friendly as well.  Packed with brussel sprouts, apples, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries, then tossed in with a delcious mustard bases vinegar dressing. Pair this salad with your main meal, or top it with your favorite protein for a full meal option.

Why You’ll Love this Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • It has great textures! You’ll love how crisp and crunch this salad is thanks to the shaved Brussels sprouts, the diced apples, and the seeds. 
  • It’s healthy! It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Brussels sprouts salad is packed with nutrients. It’s a great vegetarian and gluten-free salad recipe as well.
  • It’s make-ahead friendly. This salad can be prepped ahead of time to make dinner time easier or as meal prep. Just mix in the dressing when ready to eat.
Shaved Brussels sprouts salad in a bowl.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This is just a list of ingredients you will need to make these Brussels Sprouts Salad. Full measurements are listed further down below.

For the Dressing:

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice — fresh lemon juice is ideal
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Wholegrain mustard
  • Garlic — minced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper — to taste

For the Salad:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Apple of choice — chopped
  • Dried cranberries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese
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How to Make This Shaved Brussels sprouts Salad

  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl whisk the dressing ingredients really well. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Shave the Brussels sprouts: To prepare the shaved sprouts, use a food processor set with the slicing attachment or a very sharp knife.
Shaved Brussels sprouts in a bowl.
  • Combine the ingredients: To a large bowl add the shaved Brussels sprouts together with the remaining ingredients, except for the pumpkin seeds. Pour over the dressing and using your clean hands, toss and gently massage the sprouts. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and serve.
Salad dressing being poured onto a bowl of salad.

Tips and Substitutions

  • Apples: We suggest purchasing apples like Honeycrisp or golden delicious. We prefer sweet apples to go with the Brussels sprouts.
  • Pumpkin seeds: Feel free to substitute with any nuts or seeds you have on hand.
  • Parmesan cheese: Feel free to swap with any cheese you like. Goat cheese goes really well with this salad as well.
  • If you’re not looking to keep this vegetarian-friendly and would like to add some protein, top the salad off with some sliced grilled chicken.
  • Be sure to trim and clean your Brussels sprouts. Cut off the ends of the Brussels sprouts and remove any damaged or wilted leaves.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a mandolin to shave your Brussels sprouts or cut them thinly with a knife, the old fashioned way.
  • When you purchase Brussels sprouts, select sprouts that are bright green and are firm and heavy for their size. The leaves of the Brussels sprouts should be tightly packed. Avoid any sprouts that are yellowing.
  • We always recommend you use fresh lemon juice and not the pre-bottled stuff at the store for fresh bright flavors.
A brown bowl of Brussel sprouts salad.

FAQs

Can we eat raw Brussels sprouts?

You can definitely enjoy Brussels sprouts raw. While they caramelize really well in the oven, you can have them raw as well. They’re pretty much little cabbages and give your salads a great crunch. They also hold up really well compared to other greens for salads.

How do I make this ahead of time?

You can make your salad ahead of time by storing your dressing separately in an airtight container and place your salad in an airtight container as well. Since apples can yellow overtime when cut, we suggest adding your apples on the day of serving. Alternatively, you can add a bit of lemon juice to the apples to keep them from yellowing.

How do I store this Brussels sprouts salad?

If you’re making this ahead of time or if you have leftovers, be sure to transfer them to an airtight container and store it in the fridge. If your leftovers have been coated with the salad dressing, then it will not last as long as the crispness of the sprouts will soften overtime with the dressing.

What can I serve with this brussel sprouts salad?

Here are some things we like to enjoy with Brussels sprout salad: Crockpot Chicken Fajitas, Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast, Lemon Garlic Salmon, Baked BBQ Chicken Breast, and Roasted Turkey Breast with Maple Mustard Glaze

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

This healthy Brussels Sprouts Salad is made with only a handful of ingredients and with the homemade salad dressing. You can even make it ahead of time for a holiday meal or meal prep it for the week.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Calorie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts outer leaves discarded + ends trimmed
  • 2 medium apple of choice chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • cup shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk well all dressing ingredients. Set aside until ready to use.
  • To prepare the shaved sprouts use a food processor set with the slicing attachment or a very sharp knife.
  • To a large bowl add the shaved Brussels sprouts together with the remaining ingredients, except for the pumpkin seeds.
  • Pour over the dressing and using your clean hands, toss and gently massage the sprouts.
  • Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and serve.

Notes

  • Apples: We suggest purchasing apples like Honeycrisp or golden delicious. We prefer sweet apples to go with the Brussels sprouts.
  • Pumpkin seeds: Feel free to substitute with any nuts or seeds you have on hand.
  • Parmesan cheese: Feel free to swap with any cheese you like. Goat cheese goes really well with this salad as well.
  • Don’t like Brussel sprouts? use spinach or kale.
  • Make ahead and store the dressing separately until ready to eat

Nutrition

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 488IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Louise-Andrée says

    5 stars
    The most DELICIOUS way to eat brussels sprouts !!! The whole family (yes the kids too) couldn’t get enough of it ! This recipe is a KEEPER !!!!
    I cut all the brussels sprouts with a knife so it was a little long … but totally worth it. Also, we preferred our salad without the pumpkin seeds.

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