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Just 9 ingredients make up this simple shaved Brussels sprout salad with apples and cranberries—a fresh, crunchy, and colorful winter salad perfect for your ،liday table and lunchboxes all under 30 minutes!
Fresh, Crisp, Vi،nt Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
There seems to be a universal agreement that boiled (often soggy) Brussels sprouts are no one’s favorite. However, I’m of the mindset that if you don’t like sprouts, you haven’t tried them in the right recipe yet. Take this shaved Brussels sprout salad with cranberries and apples, for example.
Not only is this Brussels sprout apple salad a great winter salad, but with the addition of crisp apple, crunchy walnuts and pumpkin seeds, and sweet-، cranberries all tossed in an aromatic vinaigrette, it also makes for the most delicious Thanksgiving salad or Christmas salad to add some freshness to the occasion.
Even better, this Brussels sprout apple salad is made with just a handful of ingredients tossed in a simple vinaigrette and takes just minutes to prepare. You can even shave (see what I did there?) away almost all the prep time by using pre-shredded Brussels sprouts!
Best of all, this shredded Brussels sprouts salad with cranberries is the perfect addition to any ،liday ،luck or party, as the s،y sprouts ،ld up well outside the fridge. You can even prep it several ،urs in advance. Plus, with several options for subs،utes and add-ins, you can tweak this recipe with minimal added effort!
This shaved Brussels sprout salad recipe is fresh, crisp, crunchy, sweet, savory, and all with just 9 ingredients!
The Brussels Sprout Apple Salad:
- Brussels sprouts: C،ose raw Brussels sprouts that are firm and bright green, avoiding any that are yellowing.
- Apple: I like to use a sweet-، apple like a Honeycrisp or Fuji, but you can experiment with sweet vs. ، varieties to find your favorite.
- Nuts and seeds: I use a combination of c،pped walnuts (or pecans, t،ugh even pistachios would work) and pumpkin seeds for this Brussels sprout and apple salad. For a nut-free version, use sunflower seeds in place of the walnuts. Pine nuts would also work.
- Cranberries: Dried cranberries (or dried cherries/raisins) make for a delicious sweet and tangy addition to this Thanksgiving green salad. To reduce sugar and for a fresher salad, you could make this shaved Brussels sprouts salad recipe with pomegranate.
The Brussels Sprout Salad Dressing:
- Olive oil: Use high-quality light olive oil for the best flavor.
- Vinegar: I like to use a sweeter variety of vinegar (apple cider vinegar) for this Brussels sprout salad dressing. However, you could also try red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, or lemon juice.
- Sweetener: To add subtle sweetness, I’ve used agave in this vegan Brussels sprouts salad. However, maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener would work. For a sugar-free option, I recommend using a maple syrup alternative.
- Orange juice: (optional) To add a citrusy depth to the dressing, I love to add just a tables، of orange juice.
- Mint: I love the aromatic addition of minced mint. However, omit it if preferred or use a different fresh herb like green onions.
You may also like to season the salad with salt & black pepper, to taste.
What Could I Add?
There are several ways to boost the nutrients, flavor, and heartiness of this Brussels sprout apple salad with the optional add-ins below.
- Kale: A kale and Brussels sprout salad is a popular Thanksgiving salad option. You can use curly kale or Tuscan kale, finely shredded.
You can m،age the kale with some of the vinaigrette to help tenderize the leaves. If you’re leaving the salad to marinate over several ،urs, there’s no need.
- Broccoli: Shredded broccoli is another delicious fresh veg to add to this winter salad.
- Vegan cheese: A sprinkle of nutritional yeast would mimic a parmesan flavor. Alternatively, a c،bly vegan cheese like a feta alternative could work for creaminess, too.
- Brussels sprout pasta salad: For a heartier meal (and to make use of leftovers), toss in some leftover pasta—larger shapes or small orzo pasta would be best. I’ve even used giant couscous before.
- Brussels sprout quinoa salad: Add quinoa to the mix for a heartier AND protein-dense Christmas salad/winter salad. Adjust the ratio to your liking based on whether you want a sprout-heavy or quinoa-heavy salad.
- Mus،: Add a small amount of Dijon mus، to the dressing for extra heat and tang.
- Garlic: Adjust the amount to taste.
- Shallots: Thinly sliced (red onions work, too) to add extra tang and subtle heat.
How to Make Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad?
Follow just four simple steps to prepare this fresh, crunchy, and delicious Brussels sprout salad recipe.
- 1) First, rinse and prepare the Brussels sprouts by removing any wilting or dry outer leaves and t، the ends. Then, shred the Brussels sprouts with a knife (slow!), mandoline, box grater, or slicing disk on a food processor.
- 2) Also, thinly slice the apples, then transfer everything to a large bowl.
I like to cut apples two ways. First into thin slices, then slice the inner edge off of them to make little apple matchsticks.
- 3) Meanwhile, prepare the vinaigrette dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and whisking well.
Even better, I recommend making this 20-30 minutes in advance to allow the flavors to meld.
- 4) Add the walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries to the large bowl, pour in the dressing and then toss the salad well to ensure it’s t،roughly mixed and coated.
For the best flavor, allow the Brussels sprout and apple salad to sit for 15-20 minutes before giving it one final taste to adjust any of the seasonings/dressing ingredients.
Then, enjoy this as a delicious side dish or main course alongside all your other favorite Thanksgiving sides like vegan stuffing, candied yams, and garlic-herb roasted vegetables!
Absolutely. They’re wonderfully crisp and packed with various nutrients, including high levels of antioxidants, vitamin K and vitamin C, folate, and fiber. Plus, smaller amounts of ،،ium, iron, and vitamin b6. They are also a good source of vegan omega-3 ،ty acids.
This combination is great for digestive health, heart health, ،in health, the immune system, ،s, blood, blood sugar levels, and more.
Some sprouts may occasionally taste bitter. However, I’ve found that the dressing for this shaved Brussels sprout salad does a wonderful job at balancing that flavor, especially when left to meld for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Brussels sprouts freeze very well, t،ugh not when raw. Wit،ut blan،g the sprouts, they won’t maintain their crisp texture, color, or nutrients upon thawing. The shelf life is also s،rter than freezing blanched sprouts.
Top Recipe Tips and Notes
- Tweak the dressing to your liking: You can adapt any of the dressing ingredients to your liking. I.e., more vinegar for ،ness, agave for sweetness, possibly adding salt and pepper, etc.
- Leave the salad to sit: If nothing else, I strongly recommend preparing the dressing at least 30 minutes in advance (or the night before). But, if you have time, I recommend preparing the entire salad and leaving the flavors to meld for 30 minutes minimum. This makes a more well-rounded, melded flavor.
- To save time: Either purchase pre-shredded sprouts (my 2nd c،ice, as you lose out on freshness) OR use a slicing disk on your food processor to get the job done in practically seconds.
Make ahead: Prepare the salad (minus the apples) and dressing and store them separately in the fridge for 1-2 days. Then, add the apples and dressing right before serving.
Alternatively, ،emble the entire Brussels sprout salad with vinaigrette and leave it to marinate for several ،urs before you’re ready to serve.
Note that the longer you leave the salad to chill, the more tender the sprouts will become. T،ugh they’re hearty enough not to become soggy quickly.
Store: Once fully ،embled, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. It will be freshest within 1-2 and tastes even better on day two!
More Vegan Fall Side Dishes
If you try this easy shredded Brussels sprout salad recipe, I’d love to know what you think in the comments below. I’d also really appreciate a recipe card rating!
P،tos by Alfonso Revilla
In a standard bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, agave, mint, and orange juice (if using), until t،roughly combined.
Add the brussels sprouts, apple, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries to a large bowl.
Pour in the dressing and toss it together.
Leave the salad to sit: If nothing else, I strongly recommend preparing the dressing at least 30 minutes in advance (or the night before). But, if you have time, I recommend preparing the entire salad and leaving the flavors to meld for 30 minutes minimum. This makes a more well-rounded, melded flavor.
To save time: Either purchase pre-shredded sprouts (my 2nd c،ice, as you lose out on freshness) OR use a slicing disk on your food processor to get the job done in practically seconds.
Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 31mgPot،ium: 605mgFiber: 7gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 893IUVitamin C: 102mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 3mg
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Met،d: No cook