Brussels Sprout Salad

This Brussels sprout salad recipe has the best fresh flavor and zingy dressing! Pair with apple, almonds and cherries for a simple side dish. Brussels sprouts in a salad? Turns out, the mighty sprout is one of the best ways to make delicious, feathery salad greens. Sure, Brussels sprouts are transcendental crispy roasted with maple glaze. But shaved raw in a salad is the next best way to eat them! The raw greens aren’t bitter at all: they’re sweet and feathery, with irresistibly tasty flavor. Combine them with a sweet and tangy Djion mustard dressing, apples, and dried cherries, and they’re pretty darn perfect. Ready to get shredding? Ingredients for Brussels sprout salad There are so many ways to make a killer Brussels sprout salad recipe: here’s our favorite — and we’ll offer some variations and options below. Here’s what we put in our salad: Shaved Brussels sprouts: see below for how to do it, or buy them pre-shaved Crunchy leafy green: we used escarole, but it’s optional Apple: Apple and Brussels are a classic combination Dried cherries: Use tart cherries with no added sugar if you can find them Almonds: Marcona almonds have great flavor, or use whatever you […]

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This Brussels sprout salad recipe has the best fresh flavor and zingy dressing! Pair with apple, almonds and cherries for a simple side dish.

Brussels sprout salad

Brussels sprouts in a salad? Turns out, the mighty sprout is one of the best ways to make delicious, feathery salad greens. Sure, Brussels sprouts are transcendental crispy roasted with maple glaze. But shaved raw in a salad is the next best way to eat them! The raw greens aren’t bitter at all: they’re sweet and feathery, with irresistibly tasty flavor. Combine them with a sweet and tangy Djion mustard dressing, apples, and dried cherries, and they’re pretty darn perfect. Ready to get shredding?

Ingredients for Brussels sprout salad

There are so many ways to make a killer Brussels sprout salad recipe: here’s our favorite — and we’ll offer some variations and options below. Here’s what we put in our salad:

  • Shaved Brussels sprouts: see below for how to do it, or buy them pre-shaved
  • Crunchy leafy green: we used escarole, but it’s optional
  • Apple: Apple and Brussels are a classic combination
  • Dried cherries: Use tart cherries with no added sugar if you can find them
  • Almonds: Marcona almonds have great flavor, or use whatever you can find
  • Feta crumbles, optional: Feta is tasty, but this salad is just as good without
  • Dijon dressing: Top with our favorite Dijon mustard dressing for all the goodness
Brussels sprout salad

How to shred Brussels sprouts

The most time consuming part of Brussels sprout salad is…shaving the Brussels sprouts! There are a few ways to do it: and all you need is a Chef’s knife. However, if you have fancy equipment, it makes the process much faster. Here’s what to know:

  • Knife: Remove any tough outer layers with your fingers. Cut the Brussels sprout in half lengthwise. Place the cut side down and thinly slide cross-wise to create shreds. Separate the shreds with your fingers. Discard the root end.
  • Food processor: Use the slicing disc of a food processor. Place the Brussels sprout in top down one at a time, which creates long thin ribbons.
  • Mandoline: Put on the protective gloves that came with the mandoline. Shave each sprout from the tip to the end, using the mandoline attachment.
How to shred Brussels sprouts

Variations: other salad mix-ins!

Shaved Brussels sprouts aren’t bitter as you’d expect. They have a sweet flavor and a beautifully feathery texture. You can add just about anything to your Brussels sprout salad and it will taste good! Here are a few more ideas for mix-ins:

  • Pomegranate seeds add a beautiful crunch (here’s how to seed one)
  • Dried fruit like cranberries or raisins can stand in for the cherries
  • Pear can stand in for apple
  • Walnuts, pecans or pistachios work instead of almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds add additional crunch
  • Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese adds a savory note instead of feta

Salad dressing variations

You can also vary the dressing in this salad! We love it with our Dijon mustard dressing. But there are a few other dressing that work based on the ingredients you have on hand. Here are a few other options:

Another idea? Try tossing this salad with a sticky reduction sauce after the dressing, like Balsamic Reduction or Pomegranate Molasses.

Brussels sprout salad recipe

More Brussels sprouts recipes

The humble Brussels sprout has grown into one of our favorite foods. In the last several years, it’s grown massively in popularity on restaurant menus. We’re so glad it’s enjoying the spotlight it deserves! Here are a few more great Brussels sprout recipes:

This Brussels sprout salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, diary-free and gluten-free.

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Brussels sprout salad

Easy Brussels Sprout Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Brussels sprout salad has the best fresh flavors and zingy dressing! Pair it with apples, almonds and dried cherries for a tasty side.


Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, enough for 4 cups shredded (or 8 ounces shredded) 
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped escarole or other crunchy leafy green, optional
  • 1 large crisp tart red apple (like Honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup almonds (Marcona almonds, if possible)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 recipe Dijon Mustard Dressing
  • Feta cheese crumbles, optional (omit for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Shred the Brussels sprouts: go to How to Shred Brussels Sprouts. Or, use a food processor slicing blade or mandoline to slice each sprout from top to end. 
  2. Prep the vegetables: Chop the escarole or other leafy green. Dice the apple. 
  3. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, maple syrup, and salt. Then whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. 
  4. Assemble the salad: Mix together all salad ingredients. Mix with 1/2 cup of the dressing (add more to taste, if desired). Top with feta crumbles, if using, and serve. 
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

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Brussels Sprouts with Maple Glaze

Here’s how to make the best Brussels sprouts recipe…ever. They’re baked until impossibly crispy and drizzled with a maple balsamic glaze. Every now and then, a recipe comes along that blows us out of the water. Such is the case with these Brussels sprouts. These really are next level, and here’s why. They’re impossibly crispy, baked until they’re caramelized and the outside layers flake off into darkened crunchy chips. Then they’re draped in a tangy maple balsamic glaze that heightens the flavors to their peak. One bite of these, and everyone around the table will be asking how you did it. How to cook Brussels sprouts to perfection Sure, you can fry up these mighty sprouts. They’re delicious, but it’s messy and it uses a lot of oil. So to us, the optimal cooking method for Brussels sprouts is roasting them until crispy. But there are a few tricks to getting that perfect charred caramelization. Here’s what to know: Roast at high heat, in a single layer cut side down. 450 degrees Fahrenheit is the ultimate temperature for roasting vegetables. Place all those cute sprouts cut side down for the best caramelization. You’ll want them in a single layer: no […]

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Here’s how to make the best Brussels sprouts recipe…ever. They’re baked until impossibly crispy and drizzled with a maple balsamic glaze.

Brussels sprouts

Every now and then, a recipe comes along that blows us out of the water. Such is the case with these Brussels sprouts. These really are next level, and here’s why. They’re impossibly crispy, baked until they’re caramelized and the outside layers flake off into darkened crunchy chips. Then they’re draped in a tangy maple balsamic glaze that heightens the flavors to their peak. One bite of these, and everyone around the table will be asking how you did it.

How to cook Brussels sprouts to perfection

Sure, you can fry up these mighty sprouts. They’re delicious, but it’s messy and it uses a lot of oil. So to us, the optimal cooking method for Brussels sprouts is roasting them until crispy. But there are a few tricks to getting that perfect charred caramelization. Here’s what to know:

  • Roast at high heat, in a single layer cut side down. 450 degrees Fahrenheit is the ultimate temperature for roasting vegetables. Place all those cute sprouts cut side down for the best caramelization. You’ll want them in a single layer: no stacking!
  • Use parchment paper to line your baking sheet: not a silicone mat! Parchment paper makes them the crispiest; silicone mats make them soggy.
  • Bake one tray at a time. To get maximum airflow in your oven, bake only one tray at once. (We learned this the hard way.)
  • Don’t stir! That’s right, don’t even think about stirring! Throw them in for 25 minutes and they should crisp up beautifully.
Brussels sprouts

Accent with a maple glaze (optional!)

These Brussels sprouts are absolutely delicious roasted with olive oil and salt. The outer layers fall off and make crunchy, salty chips that are irresistibly good. Most of the time we eat them plain: because we like them savory! But want to take them over the top? They’re fantastic with a little sweet nuance from a tangy sweet glaze.

For the maple glaze, all you’ll do is heat equal parts maple syrup and balsamic vinegar until they reduce into a slightly thick syrup. We added a shake of soy sauce for good measure. Drizzle that over your Brussels sprouts, and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

More flavor variations

Want to get creative? There are lots more ways to flavor Brussels sprouts. Here are some ideas:

  • Spicy: Make a spicy variation by adding hot sauce to the maple glaze (about 1 teaspoon), or try these Spicy Brussels Sprouts.
  • Honey: Another great flavor pairing is honey! Drizzle simply with honey or even hot honey.
  • Hoisin: Brussels go well with Asian-style flavors. Toss with purchased or homemade hoisin sauce.
Brussels sprouts with maple glaze

How to make a larger serving of Brussels sprouts

Did you read all our tips above about crispy Brussels sprouts? Let’s see if you were paying attention. How many trays can you have in the oven at once? One tray. That’s right: to get the maximum airflow around your sprouts while they bake, the oven must not have any other food in it.

How to roast more than 1 1/2 pounds at one time? You can do this if you have a larger baking sheet that covers the entire baking rack. That’s an 18 x 13 pan, also called a “half sheet pan“. You could comfortably fit about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of Brussels sprouts on a half sheet pan, making sure they have a little space around each.

How to cook Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts nutrition

Are Brussels sprouts healthy? Gone are the days of soggy canned sprouts being forced on kids to get their vegetables. These crispy sprouts taste good, they’re almost as addicting as French fries. So are they good for you? Here are the nutrition facts for 1/2 cup plain cooked Brussels sprouts:

IngredientCaloriesProteinCarbsFiberFat
Brussels sprouts28 calories2 grams6 grams2 grams0 grams

Keep in mind that oil and the glaze add calories to the nutrition info! Here are some of the top benefits of these mighty sprouts. Brussels sprouts are (data source):

  • Low in calories and relatively high in fiber.
  • Full of Vitamin K and Vitamin C (137% and 81% of your daily need respectively), and other vitamins and nutrients.
  • Full of antioxidants which may decrease inflammation and increase heart health.
Brussels sprouts with maple glaze recipe

More ways to cook Brussels sprouts

This Brussels sprouts recipe is a favorite healthy side dish, perfect for any easy dinner (or even Thanksgiving). But there are lots of other great ways to prepare this healthy vegetable. Here are some more Brussels sprouts recipes that show more ways to cook them:

Brussels sprouts recipe

This Brussels sprouts recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Brussels sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Maple Glaze


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make the best Brussels sprouts recipe…ever. They’re baked until impossibly crispy and drizzled with a maple balsamic glaze.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. (To get them perfectly crispy, make sure this is the only pan in the oven and you’re not roasting anything else at the same time.)
  2. Slice off any hard ends of the Brussels sprouts, as needed. Slice them in half lengthwise and place them in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the sprouts with the olive oil, kosher salt, and lots of fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper*, then pour the spouts onto the sheet. Turn them all cut side down.
  5. Roast for 25 minutes until very browned and tender (don’t stir!). 
  6. While the sprouts are roasting, place the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce in a small saucepan. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes on medium low heat until thickened slightly and reduced (this should result in about 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons glaze). 
  7. When the sprouts are done, pour over the maple balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Don’t use a silicone baking mat, since these can also make the Brussels sprouts less crispy. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can skip it and roast directly on the sheet.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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More easy side dish recipes

This recipe is one of our top easy side dish recipes…ever! Sprouts are always a hit. But here are a few more ideas for vegetable side dishes:

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