Easy Shaved Brussels Sprouts

This shaved Brussels sprouts recipe make a tasty side dish that’s full of texture and flavor! Shredded Brussels are quick…

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This shaved Brussels sprouts recipe make a tasty side dish that’s full of texture and flavor! Shredded Brussels are quick and crowd-pleasing.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Want a quick and irresistibly tasty way to cook Brussels sprouts? Try these easy Shaved Brussels Sprouts, aka shredded Brussels! You might think first of roasting this popular veg, but here’s an alternative. Shred them up into thin slices, toss with Parmesan, garlic and shallots, and cook until browned. It turns out feathery and bursting with savory flavor, contrasting the nuttiness of the sprouts. It’s even quicker than roasting these babies and just as satisfying…if not more so! This side dish works for dinner or even breakfast with eggs: and it disappeared very quickly at our house.

Ingredients for shaved Brussels sprouts

Maybe you’ve had a shaved Brussels sprout salad? Then you know how delightfully feathery and sweet these sprouts become when they’re shredded. Guess what: you can sauté shredded Brussel sprouts as well! All you need are a few ingredients and a little know-how. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Brussels sprouts (to save time, you can also buy shaved Brussels sprouts pre-packaged)
  • Garlic
  • Shallot
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese (omit for vegan)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian panko, optional (see below!)
Shredded Brussels Sprouts

3 methods for how to shred Brussels sprouts

The trickiest part of this recipe? Shaving or shredding the sprouts! This process can take a little time, but it’s worth it for the end result. There are three main methods for how to shred Brussels sprouts:

  1. With a knife: No special equipment required! Takes about 10 minutes for 1 pound of Brussels. Remove any tough outer layers with your fingers. With a large Chef’s knife, 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.
  2. With a food processor (fastest!): Use a food processor with the shredding disc attachment blade. (Here’s a video.)
  3. With a mandolin: Slice the whole Brussels sprouts with a mandolin, taking proper safety precautions to keep your fingers away from the blade. (Here’s a video.)

Ways to flavor shaved Brussels sprouts

Got those shaved Brussels sprouts? Throw them in a hot pan and sauté for about 4 minutes, then add minced garlic, shallot and Parmesan and cook about 3 minutes more. It adds the best savory nuance to the the feathery pieces! But there are lots of other ideas for flavoring. Here are some other options:

  • Butter instead of olive oil for even more savory flavor
  • Omit the Parmesan for vegan or add vegan Parmesan
  • Add soy sauce or tamari for more savory flavor
  • Add a squeeze of lemon at the end for brightness
  • Throw in chopped herbs like chives, basil or thyme
Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Add panko for a crunch

A fun adder we threw in to these shaved Brussels sprouts? Panko! Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. It has a crunchy texture that adds a lovely texture to the sprouts once they’re sauteed. Here are some notes on finding Italian panko:

  • “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or panko easily at your local grocery store.
  • Only have plain panko? Use that and just add a bit more salt.
  • Want to use homemade breadcrumbs? You can do that too. Go to How to Make Breadcrumbs.
  • What about for gluten-free? Omit the panko, or you can find gluten-free panko at stores or online.

More Brussels sprouts recipes

Shredded Brussels sprouts are one of our favorite ways to cook them because they’re so fast and easy! Here are a few more of our top ways to serve this tasty veggie:

This shaved Brussel sprouts recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free omit the Parmesan. For gluten-free, omit the panko.

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Easy Shaved Brussels Sprouts


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This shaved Brussels sprouts recipe make a tasty side dish that’s full of texture and flavor! Shredded Brussels are quick and crowd-pleasing.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts (off the stalk)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (omit for vegan)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup Italian panko (optional, omit for gluten-free or use GF panko)

Instructions

  1. Shave the Brussels sprouts:
    1. With a knife: Remove any tough outer layers with your fingers. With a large Chef’s knife, 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.
    2. With a food processor (fastest!): Use a food processor with the shredding disc attachment blade. (Here’s a video.)
    3. With a mandolin: Slice the whole Brussels sprouts with a mandolin, taking proper safety precautions to keep your fingers away from the blade. (Here’s a video.)
  2. Stir together the shredded Brussels sprouts with the minced garlic, shallot, Parmesan cheese, and kosher salt.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook for 4 minutes, stirring only occasionally, until tender and browned. Stir in the Parmesan mixture and cook additional 3 to 4 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove the heat and if desired, stir in the panko. Taste and add additional salt as necessary. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Shredded
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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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

Keywords: Brussels sprout salad

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