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A serving of shaved Brussels sprout salad.

Brussels Sprout Salad


This shaved Brussels sprout salad features crisp apples, cranberries, candied walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. It’s drizzled with a tangy, herby vinaigrette. Prep this easy holiday salad in just 15 minutes.


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For the Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated
  • 1 large lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

For the Salad

  • 4 cups shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cubed into bite-size pieces
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup candied walnuts (or roasted salted walnuts)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbles



  • Combine shallot, garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set it aside for 5 minutes. Add the dijon and thyme, and whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly. Continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set it aside until serving time, or refrigerate for later.
  • Add shaved Brussels sprouts to a salad bowl. Top with chopped apples, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese crumbles. Toss to combine.
  • When ready to serve, drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to distribute the dressing throughout. If desired, add an extra drizzle of olive oil over the top.
  • Serve immediately. This salad is best enjoyed right after it’s assembled. If it sits out too long, the apples will brown and the goat cheese will develop a funky texture.


How to shave Brussels sprouts: The easiest methods for shaving Brussels sprouts is with a food processor or mandoline. But you can also do it with a knife. Cut off the root ends and discard them. Pull off any outer leaves that are loose, wilted or rotten, and discard them. One by one, hold the veggie firmly with the root end facing down on the cutting board and start shredding it.

Can this salad be made in advance? It’s not recommended to assemble it in advance. The flesh of the apples will brown, and the cheese will develop a funky texture. However, you can shave the Brussels sprouts in advance and refrigerate them in an airtight container. The lemon vinaigrette can also be prepped in advance and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Assemble the salad just before serving, whisking the dressing before using.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Rest Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Tossing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Brussels Sprout Salad, Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad, Holiday Salad