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Brussels sprouts are versatile winter veggies that offer endless possibilities in the kitchen. From sautéing them in a touch of olive oil to roasting them to perfection or enjoying them raw in a salad, their potential knows no bounds.

These cute mini-cabbage-like veggies not only look great but also provide essential nutrients like Vitamins C and K, along with fiber.

If you’re a veggie-lover, you’ll surely enjoy our easy-to-make Brussels Sprout Salad recipe. This tasty recipe combines crispy Brussels sprouts with flavorful bacon, sweet dried cranberries, and crunchy pecans, all dressed in a simple Maple Dressing. It’s the perfect side dish for the holiday and cozy fall/winter months.

brussels sprout salad

Why we love this recipe

We love this recipe for the following reasons:

  • The flavors in this recipe are fantastic. The sweetness of cranberries and apples balances the slight bitterness of Brussels sprouts, while the savory bacon adds a salty and smoky touch. The crunch of pecans provides a delightful contrast.
  • The homemade vinaigrette in this recipe brings everything together perfectly. The combination of maple syrup and lemon juice adds a tangy and slightly sweet taste that enhances the overall flavor of the salad.
  • This recipe allows for customization. You can add cheese or protein like chicken or shrimp to make the salad more substantial and tailored to your preferences.
  • The recipe provides notes on adjusting the flavors to suit personal preferences. For example, if using a Granny Smith apple, adding more maple syrup to the dressing can balance out any tartness.

Equipment

  • Food processor or Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Frying pan
  • Mason Jar or Tupperware with a top

Ingredients for Salad

  • 1 lb whole Brussels sprouts, shredded or Finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, fried and chopped
  • 1/3 cup candied pecans 
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 honey crisp apple, chopped
brussel sprouts salad ingredients placed on a glass bowl of varying sizes

Ingredients for Maple Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil (high-quality EVOO)
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the Brussels sprouts in a food processor and shred them. If you don’t have a food processor, finely chop the Brussels sprouts instead.
brussel sprouts inside a food processor
  1. Cook the bacon until crispy, drain it, and let it cool for 3-4 minutes. Chop the bacon into small pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the shredded Brussels sprouts, red onion, pecans, cranberries, apples, and chopped bacon.
mixing shredded Brussels sprouts, red onion, pecans, cranberries, apples, and chopped bacon in a large bowl
  1. In a mason jar, add all the vinaigrette ingredients.
  2. Secure the lid on the jar and shake it well to combine the ingredients.
sealed glass container of vinaigrette for brussel sprout salad
  1. When ready to serve, toss the salad in the dressing.

If desired, feel free to add shredded cheese or protein, such as chicken or shrimp. You can also use turkey bacon, pancetta, or Canadian bacon instead of regular bacon.

brussels sprout salad
brussels sprout ingredients

What Can You Serve This Salad With

Brussels Sprout Salad with maple dressing is a versatile dish that complements a variety of meals. It goes well with grilled meats such as chicken, steak, or salmon, enhancing their smoky and savory flavors. The salad also pairs wonderfully with roasted vegetables, adding depth and variety to the meal. 

For a wholesome option, you can serve the salad on a bed of quinoa or grains, roasted vegetables, avocado, and a protein source like grilled tofu or chickpeas. It can even be used as a filling for sandwiches or wraps, providing a fresh and crispy element that pairs nicely with grilled chicken or turkey. 

Alternatively, you can serve it as a refreshing side dish alongside a warm bowl of soup or stew. Lastly, the salad can be incorporated into fall-inspired meals, such as roasted butternut squash soup, apple and walnut stuffed pork chops, or sweet potato gnocchi, to create a seasonal and flavorful feast.

Where to Find Brussel Sprouts

Here are some ways to source fresh Brussels sprouts:

  1. Local Grocery Stores: Visit your nearby grocery stores or supermarkets, as they usually stock fresh produce, including Brussels sprouts.
  2. Farmers’ Markets: Check out local farmers’ markets in your area. Farmers markets often have a variety of seasonal vegetables, including Brussels sprouts. 
  3. Online Grocery Delivery: Many online grocery delivery services now offer fresh produce, including Brussels sprouts. Explore online platforms and select the vegetable section to find Brussels sprouts. 
  4. Specialty Produce Stores: Look for specialty produce stores or health food stores that focus on organic or locally sourced products. These stores often have a more comprehensive selection of fresh vegetables, including Brussels sprouts.
a pile of brussels sprouts sitting on a table

When sourcing Brussels sprouts, ensure they are firm and vibrant in color, with tightly closed leaves. Avoid sprouts that appear wilted, discolored, or have loose leaves. Fresh Brussels sprouts should have a mild, slightly sweet aroma.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat Brussels sprouts raw in a salad?

Yes, you can eat Brussels sprouts raw in a salad. However, they have a slightly bitter taste and a dense texture. You can slice or shred them thinly and mix them with other salad ingredients to make them easier to eat.

You can also try marinating or massaging them with lemon juice or dressing to make them softer and milder in flavor.

What is the healthiest way to eat Brussels sprouts?

The healthiest way to eat Brussels sprouts is by cooking them in ways that preserve their nutrients. Steaming or roasting Brussels sprouts are good options because they retain their vitamins and minerals.

It’s important not to overcook them to maintain their crunchiness and nutritional value. You can also enhance their taste using herbs, spices, or a drizzle of olive oil.

Why do you soak Brussels sprouts in water?

Soaking Brussels sprouts in water serves two purposes. Firstly, it helps remove any dirt, debris, or insects on the outer leaves. This ensures that the sprouts are clean and safe to eat. Secondly, soaking them hydrates the Brussels sprouts, making them crisp and improving their texture when cooked.

How do you store leftover Brussels sprouts salad with maple dressing? 

If there’s leftover undressed salad, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge, separating it from the dressing. The salad will remain fresh for 2-3 days, while the dressing lasts 4-5 days. When you’re ready to enjoy it, mix the desired amount of Brussels sprouts with the dressing and toss it well.

brussels sprout salad

Brussels Sprout Salad With Maple Vinaigrette

Indulge in our irresistible Brussels Sprout Salad, a delightful fusion of crispy sprouts, savory bacon, sweet cranberries, and crunchy pecans, all harmonized with a luscious Maple Dressing. An easy-to-make culinary masterpiece, ideal for holidays and chilly seasons.

Equipment

  • Food processor or Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Frying pan
  • Mason Jar or Tupperware with a top

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Salad

  • 1 lb whole Brussels sprouts, shredded or Finely chopped
  • ¼ red onion, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, fried and chopped
  • cup candied pecans
  • cup dried cranberries
  • 1 honey crisp apple, chopped

Ingredients for Maple Vinaigrette

  • cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil (high-quality EVOO)
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the Brussels sprouts in a food processor and shred them. If you don’t have a food processor, finely chop the Brussels sprouts instead.
  • Cook the bacon until crispy, drain it, and let it cool for 3-4 minutes. Chop the bacon into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl, combine the shredded Brussels sprouts, red onion, pecans, cranberries, apples, and chopped bacon.
  • In a mason jar, add all the vinaigrette ingredients.
  • Secure the lid on the jar and shake it well to combine the ingredients.
  • When ready to serve, toss the salad in the dressing.
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