Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

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With Parmesan, almonds and cranberries, this shaved brussels sprout salad is what you need for meals from fall to winter including everyday and holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. After you make it once, you will be adding sprouts to your list of go-to options for salads.  They are so crisp and fresh, which is everything you want in a great salad.

You can also try this kale brussels sprout pear salad for another option.

Brussels sprout salad with almonds, cranberries and parmesan in a bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Salad

Brussels sprouts are nutritious, supercharged version of the typical greens that end up in most salad recipes. Part of the cabbage family, they are crunchy and fresh and can take on lots of other ingredients to create something pretty fantastic.

If you’ve only eaten brussels sprouts roasted, you have to try them raw. They taste like a more mild version of cabbage. Uncooked sprouts are nutty, a little bit sweet, and most importantly, they are crisp with a definite crunch for a satisfying texture.

It’s a salad and a side dish in one.  Because this salad has a base other than leafy greens, it blurs the line between salad and the perfect side dish. You can serve it either way and call it both.

You can find brussels sprouts year round, but peak season is from September through February/March. For this salad, I include dried cranberries and almonds, so it has the flavors of fall, which makes the timing just right.

How to Shave Brussels Sprouts

There are 3 ways to shave or shred brussels sprouts:

  1. You can keep it equipment free, and just use a sharp knife to thinly slice brussels sprouts. Rather than trimming them first, hold on to the small stem and start thinly slicing them from the other end.   
  2. Slice the sprouts with a mandolin. Hold them on the stem, and be careful. Brussels sprouts are small and the blade of a mandolin is sharp.
  3. The quickest way to slice brussels sprouts is with a food processor. Trim the sprouts and then process them with the slicing disc.

The Ingredients

Ingredients including brussels sprouts, cranberries, almonds, Parmesan, lemon, olive oil, vinegar and mustard.

For the salad you will need:

  • Brussels sprouts: Look for sprouts that are tightly closed. Fresh ones should have no loose or wilting leaves. You can substitute with shredded cabbage, which will give you a similar crisp bite.
  • Onions: The salad calls for thinly sliced red onions, which are milder compared to other varieties. You also could include a couple sliced shallots instead.
  • Parmesan: Finely grated, this cheese blends right into the mix with the sprouts adding its nutty, savory flavor.
  • Almonds: Thin sliced almonds are my first choice because their shape goes so well with the shaved raw brussels sprouts. Substitutes for nuts include chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Dried cranberries add sweet accents to the salad. Fresh pomegranate seeds are a good swap.
  • Parsley: This shaved brussels sprout salad recipe also includes chopped fresh herbs to round things out.

For the vinaigrette:

  • Lemon juice: gives the dressing a bright, citrus kick.
  • Red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar or apple cider vinegar are all good options.
  • Garlic: The vinaigrette includes 1 minced clove.
  • Whole grain mustard thickens the dressing a bit and helps it emulsify.
  • Olive oil: Use extra-virgin olive oil for the best taste.
  • Salt & pepper season the vinaigrette and the overall salad.

Optional Additions

  • Apples: Include thinly sliced apples that are firm such as Pink Lady, Fuji or Honeycrisp apples.
  • Avocados: Dice an avocado and stir it right in. Their creamy, soft consistency is an interesting contrast to the shredded sprouts.
  • Hard-boiled egg: I am always a big fan of dicing a hard-boiled egg and throwing it into pretty much any kind of salad.

How To Make a Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

1. Assemble the salad. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded brussels sprouts, red onions, Parmesan cheese, almonds, cranberries and parsley.

2. Make the vinaigrette. Whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil in a bowl until fully combined.

Combine the brussels sprouts, cranberries, almonds, Parmesan and onions in a large bowl. Whisk together the vinaigrette in a small bowl.

3. Drizzle the dressing into the salad. Toss to combine.

Brussel sprout salad in a bowl tossed with vinaigrette.


Bookmark this recipe for a Thanksgiving salad, especially if you want sprouts to make an appearance in the meal, but you don’t have oven space to roast them. Again, this is where it is a salad and a side dish.

It is also a great lunch or weeknight dinner salad. Even though it is filling on its own, but you can add roasted chicken, salmon or tofu to add protein.

Storage & Leftovers

The salad is best served right after you assemble it.  You can save leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days. As the salad sits longer, it will lose its crunch, and the smell of the sprouts will become more pungent.

Keep the salad and vinaigrette in separate containers. I like putting dressing in a mason jar. If you are planning to save some of the salad, only dress the amount that you are eating rather than the entire salad, so the leaves don’t get soggy.

Recipe Tips

Do not shred the brussels sprouts ahead of time. They will lose their crunch, and they also tend to develop that sulfur-like smell.

You can make the dressing 2 days in advance. If the olive oil becomes solid in the chill of the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes to warm up and then stir it.

Recipe FAQs

Can you really eat raw brussels sprouts?

Yes. This cruciferous vegetable is a cousin of cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. And like its relatives, you can eat brussels sprouts raw. Roasting them is always tasty, but try not always cooking them when you’re planning to eat them.

What would be a good substitute for brussels sprouts?

This salad is all about crunch. You can use cabbage instead because it has a similar texture. You can use this as a timesaver because you can buy shredded cabbage at the grocery.

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Try combining raw brussels sprouts with cranberries, almonds, Parmesan and red onions in this crisp shredded brussels sprout salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette.


  • For salad
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • For vinaigrette
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Combine the shaved brussels sprouts, red onions, Parmesan, almonds, dried cranberries and parsley in a large bowl
  • For the vinaigrette, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt pepper and olive oil in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle the vinaigrette into the salad, tossing to combine.


To shred the brussels sprouts, you can use a sharp knife to thinly slice them. Or use a mandolin or a food processor fitted with the slicing disc.
Instead of brussels sprouts, you can substitute with shredded cabbage.
For the cranberries, you can substitute with pomegranate seeds.
You can swap the almonds with chopped walnuts or pecans.
The salad is best the day you make it, but you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Keep the vinaigrette in a separate jar. You can make the vinaigrette up to 2 days in advance. Let it sit out at room temperature to become liquid again, and then stir it.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1102IU | Vitamin C: 107mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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