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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

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If you are looking for a fast and healthy shaved brussels sprout salad, this recipe is full of all kinds of great nutrients and comes together so quickly too!

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Salads are a classic side dish that can go with almost any meal. But some salads wilt fast or have a lot of complicated ingredients.

This shaved brussels sprout salad recipe has simple ingredients, comes together quickly, and tastes better if you dress it and let it sit for a few hours.

Seriously, once this homemade dressing is tossed onto the sprouts, you can leave it for a few hours in an airtight container, and you will still have a great crunch and even better flavor than when you eat it right away.

That makes this a great salad for a holiday meal or even just weeknight meal plans where you have the food made ahead of time.

If you have never made a homemade salad dressing before, do not be scared of this dish!

Even though there is a homemade dressing for shaved brussels sprout salad, it is still fast and easy.

Making your own dressing is super simple, and it really makes a world of difference compared to the flavor of store bought bagged salads dressing.

brussels spouts chopped in a bowl

What ingredients are in shaved brussels sprout salad?

Homemade dressing ingredients:

  • Onion: minced small to mix into the dressing
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: this vinegar has amazing flavors that it adds to this delicious dressing
  • Olive Oil: extra-virgin olive oil is a great dressing base oil that adds a nice smooth flavor
  • Sesame Oil: this oil will give a great sesame touch
  • Dijon Mustard: a dijon mustard will give a deeper combination of flavor than a regular sharp yellow mustard
  • Honey: this is the sweet part of the sweet onion dressing and mixes perfectly with the other ingredients
  • Ground Black Pepper: this adds spice and balances the other flavors sweetness

Salad ingredients:

  • Brussels Sprouts: sliced thin these are the base greens of the salad and have a great crunch
  • Sweet Apples: honey crisp have a great sweetness and crunch and tend to not turn brown as fast as other sweet apples once cut for a salad
  • Dried Cranberries: these give a great texture and sweet flavor
  • Sliced Almonds: be sure to use lightly toasted almonds since they have a nuttier flavor than raw nuts
  • Sunflower Seeds: use unsalted seeds if you want to control the amount of salt in your dish, salted can overpower the other ingredients

Pro Tip: You can toast your nuts at home. Take your sliced almonds and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The toast in a 350℉ oven for 5 minutes.

Continue to cook and check at 1 minute intervals. The nuts will go from raw to burnt really quickly.

apples, dried cranberries, almonds and sunflower seeds

How to make shaved brussels sprout salad:

  1. Add dressing ingredients to a jar and shake well.
  2. Put the fresh ingredients in a large bowl and toss with dressing.
  3. Serve immediately or chill then serve!

Pro Tip: The flavor of this salad gets better the longer it melds, so while you can serve it right away, chilling it first will give you more flavor on every bit of your shredded sprouts. It also makes a great leftover salad!

dressing for shaved brussels spout salad

How to shave brussels sprouts for a salad:

I have used all three ways to make this shaved brussels sprout salad so use your favorite kitchen tool to get perfect thin slices for this perfect side dish!

  • Use a sharp knife. Cut each sprout in half. Then lay the halves down flat on the cutting board and slice thin.
  • Use a mandolin. Set the blade as thin as you would like and shave the pieces thin.
  • Use a food processor with a shredding blade or slicing blade attachment. Set it up and let the processor do the work to grate your sprouts.

Pro Tip: A sharp chef’s knife makes a huge difference when getting small pieces for your brussels sprout salad.

salad dressing poured over salad

Can you eat brussels sprouts raw?

Yes! If you are only familiar with roasted, boiled, or grilled sprouts, you are in for a treat. If this is your first time eating raw brussels sprouts, this is the best way to eat them

This shaved brussels sprout salad covers them with a tasty sweet onion dressing that gets better the longer it sits.

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Are brussels sprouts good for you?

Yes! This green vegetable is full of all kinds of nutrients. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and those antioxidants that do so many great things for your body.

You can eat them a variety of different ways, but this shaved brussels sprout salad with apples is a great way to get all those great nutrients and delicious flavor all in one dish.

Bonus: This recipe is gluten free and dairy free! So the next time you need a dish for people with special dietary needs, this is the perfect salad to feed everyone.

side view close up of salad in a bowl ready to serve

Can you cut brussels sprouts ahead of time for a salad?

Yes! This vegetable does really well if you prepare it in advance. For best results, cut it no more than 48 hours before assembling. 

And you can even make this shaved brussels sprout salad 2-4 hours before you want to serve it so it can sit and let the flavors blend while you are making other things.

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How long does shaved brussels sprouts salad last?

We recommend eating it within 3 days of making it for best results. After 3 days the salad starts to lose its texture and get runnier.

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In my opinion, this is the best shaved brussels sprout salad because it has a great flavorful homemade dressing that comes together quickly and covers every ingredient with delicious sweet onion flavor.

Yield: 4 Servings

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

If you are looking for a fast and healthy shaved brussels sprout salad, this recipe is full of all kinds of great nutrients and comes together so quickly too!


  1. In a mason jar, add onion, vinegar, oils, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Place the lid on the jar and shake well.
  2. Place brussels sprouts, apples, cranberries, almonds and sunflower seeds in a bowl.
  3. Add ¾ of the dressing to salad and toss. Reserve remaining dressing.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Can be served immediately or chill for 2+ hours to let flavors meld.
  6. Flavor does get better the longer it melds. Add more dressing if needed.

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