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Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

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A sweet and savory shaved brussel sprout salad made with fresh ingredients and a homemade lemon-honey vinaigrette.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need something fresh and crunchy to cut through those holiday flavors.

Last year, Kim decided to try a shaved brussel sprout salad inspired by Southern Living Christmas Cookbook (Oxmoor House Publishing, 2015).

This Thanksgiving salad is savory. However, adding sweet apples creates a delicious flavor combination.

The shaved brussel sprout salad served in a bowl.
Dried cranberries are a tasty garnish for this salad.

The salad has a couple of steps, but I’m going to break the recipe down into sections for you.

We’ll start with prepping the salad ingredients, then move on to the dressing.

Afterward, I’ll go over the garnishes. As always, you’ll find some tips at the bottom of the post.

So, shall we get started?

A close-up view of the apple-topped salad.
Toasted walnuts add a nice woody flavor to the salad.

How to make a shaved brussel sprout salad?

First, start by cooking your bacon per the package instructions. Once it’s done, drain the excess grease, and crumble the bacon.

Next, wash and trim the ends off your brussels sprouts. Be sure to remove any loose leaves.

Afterward, use a knife, mandolin, or a food processor with a slicing attachment, to shave the sprouts.

Place them in a large mixing bowl, along with the bacon.

The salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
You can add the ingredients to a mixing bowl as you go along.

Now toast the walnuts and pepitas for 3-5 minutes. Only toast them long enough to bring out the oils, don’t burn them.

Give them a quick chop and add them to the bacon and sprouts.

Then, thinly slice the red onion using a knife, mandolin, or food processor.

Once the onions are taken care of, wash, core, and slice the apples.

After that, in the large mixing bowl, toss together the brussel sprouts, onions, bacon, apples, pepitas, and walnuts.

All the salad ingredients have been tossed together.
Two large spoons can be used to toss the ingredients.

How to make the lemon honey vinaigrette?

In a mixing bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, honey, thyme, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

I recommend using a whisk for the vinaigrette.

Lemon juice, zest, and other ingredients in a glass measuring cup.
Another way to mix the dressing is to combine the ingredients in a jar with a lid. Then, shake them to combine.

Last, when you are ready to serve the dish, drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss again.


When it comes to garnishes, here’s a list of toppers that are great for this shaved brussel sprout salad.

  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried cherries
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • More bacon
  • Shredded Carrots

That’s it, your shaved brussel sprout salad is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

The shaved brussel sprout salad garnished with dried cranberries.
The thinly shaved sprouts add a ton of crunch to the salad.

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad Tips:

  • So, if you’re pressed for time, you can make the salad a day in advance. However, do not dress it until it’s time to serve the dish. Otherwise, it will get soggy sitting in your fridge overnight.
  • Feel free to use a store-bought dressing. Try using a vinaigrette like raspberry or another fruit flavored variety. But, I don’t recommend cream based dressings like Caesar or Ranch. With that being said, if you do use one and like it, let us know in the comments.
  • Also, you can use a food processor to slice the sprouts, apples, and onions. Don’t worry about cleaning out the processor between ingredients, it shouldn’t hurt anything to let them sit together while working on the rest of the recipe.
  • In regards to toasting the walnuts, one way to tell they are ready is to pay attention to the smell. The oils give off a woody aroma when they’re close to being done. Pull them early if you’re worried about burning the nuts.
An up-close, aerial view of the finished salad.
Not a fan of purple onions, then use Spanish or white onion instead.
The shaved brussel sprout salad served in a bowl.

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

Yield: 6 Cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Assembly Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A sweet and savory shaved brussel sprout salad made with fresh ingredients and a homemade lemon-honey vinaigrette.



  • 6 Slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Pound Brussel sprouts, thinly shaved or sliced
  • 1 Apple, thinly sliced (We like Honeycrisp, Jazz, or Granny Smith.)
  • ½ Cup Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ Cup Walnuts or Pecans, chopped and toasted
  • ½ Cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, (fresh)
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Teaspoons Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Optional Garnish

  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Dried Cherries
  • Dried Cranberries



  1. Cook and chop the bacon. Set it aside.
  2. Wash, trim the ends of the sprouts. Remove any loose leaves. Use a food processor with a slicing attachment to shave the sprouts. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small skillet over low heat, toast the pepitas and walnuts for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Thinly slice the onions and set them aside. Wash, core, and slice the apple using a knife or mandolin. Add the onions and apples to the bowl.
  5. Combine the bacon, walnuts, pepitas, apples, onions, and brussel sprouts using 2 forks. Toss everything together to combine the salad.

Salad Dressing

  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss everything to combine.


  1. Garnish the whole salad with your favorite toppings, or add them to individual servings. Serve immediately.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and serving size of 1/2-cup of the shaved brussel sprout salad. Actual calories will vary. Leftover salad can be stored in your fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 3-days. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: .5 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 435mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 8g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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