Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

July 3, 2013
Thinly sliced fresh Brussels sprouts and kale are dressed with a delicious maple vinaigrette in this Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad.  And it makes for one surprisingly fabulous salad, indeed!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad Image

Okay, so you may be thinking ... "Brussels sprouts in a salad?  Really, in a salad?"

Oh, yes, in a salad.

And let me just tell you, this Brussels Sprouts Salad is sooooo good.  It's one of our absolute favorites, and we have it at least once a week or so.  Yes, it's truly that good.

The recipe that inspired this salad creation is from the cookbook Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients by the editors of Whole Living Magazine.  My best friend gave me this fabulous cookbook for Christmas {or my birthday, maybe?} one year.

The fabulous combination in this salad's dressing is amazing - and completely takes away any of that "harsh" flavor raw Brussels sprouts or kale can have.

And being the really sweet-and-cute friend that she is, she stuck little sticky notes with handwritten notes from her on some of the recipes so I'd find them as I read it.  It was like finding little presents inside my present as I went along!  It was so fun, and such a nice little surprise as I turned the pages.

As a sidenote, I read cookbooks like most people read novels - cover-to-cover, straight through, without missing a single word.  So my friend knew for sure there was no way I'd miss one of her little notes!

When I reached the recipe for Power Foods' Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad, there was a little sticky note from my friend that said "Favorite!"  So, of course, I had to give it a try.  How can you not try a recipe that has a personal "favorite" endorsement from a friend?

I did change up the recipe quite a bit, though.  While I did love the original, I jazzed it up with some additions ...

Like crumbled bacon and dried cranberries.  Which made a great thing even better.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon Image

Then I changed up the proportions of the dressing to bring forward a different flavor.  I wanted maple to be the predominant flavor - and adjusted the dressing to make that happen.

The fabulous combination of fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and whole-grain mustard in this salad's dressing is amazing - and completely takes away any of that "harsh" flavor raw Brussels sprouts or kale can have.  Gone.  Completely.

Brussels Sprouts Salad is sooooo good.  It's one of our absolute favorites, and we have it at least once a week or so.  Yes, it's truly that good.

Now I'll admit when I first saw this recipe, I was thinking like many of you probably are ... "Really, raw Brussels sprouts in a salad??"

But, seriously ... try it.

It may just become one of your favorites, too!

Check out these other tasty vegetable salads:
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Yield: about 6 servings

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Thinly sliced fresh Brussels sprouts and kale are dressed with a delicious maple vinaigrette in this Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad. And it makes for one surprisingly fabulous salad, indeed!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: total time: 20 M


  • 12 to 16 oz. fresh Brussels Sprouts, very thinly sliced (about 4 to 5 cups)
  • 2 large kale leaves, ribs removed, and finely chopped (about 2 to 3 c.)
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 T. whole-grain mustard
  • Pinch salt


How to cook Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

  1. In a large salad bowl, combine sliced Brussels sprouts, chopped kale, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and crumbled bacon. Toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Whisk with a fork until well mixed.
  3. Pour dressing over the Brussels sprouts mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
  1. I recommend using fresh lemon juice and pure maple syrup in the dressing for the best flavor, without substitution.
  2. If preparing this salad in advance, keep the Brussels sprouts mixture and the dressing in separate bowls until serving time. Dress the salad just prior to serving.
  3. I've also made this with dried blueberries instead of dried cranberries. The dried blueberries were yummy, too.
  4. I tried making the dressing with honey instead of maple syrup (since we're beekeepers). While the honey version was good, it's better with maple syrup.
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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad ~ Fresh Brussels sprouts & kale dressed with a delicious maple vinaigrette. One surprisingly fabulous salad, indeed!

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  1. Oooo this sounds yummy! I'm not afraid of brussel sprouts, I love them, and this looks like a great combo of flavours! Thanks for sharing! Found you via Thursdays Treasures linky!

  2. this looks very good and am kind of anxious to try it. My husband and I both love brussel sprouts. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I adore brussels sprouts salads and in looking at your ingredients, this is a major winner, bacon and sunflower seeds and kale. It would be gone in minutes around here.

  4. I'm really intrigued by this. I will definitely be trying it this week. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This looks really good. And I don't even really like brussels sprouts. But it's been a LONG time since I ate them so maybe I should give them a try again. Pinning this and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  6. I had to look because I LOVE brussels sprouts! What a unique twist on a salad. This will be something I have to try soon!! (Maybe even try to get it worked into a school lunch recipe in this upcoming year...)

    Debilee @ That Crafty Lunch Lady

  7. This looks delicious! I wonder if I could make it and not tell my family that it's brussels sprouts? :)
    I'll be featuring you tomorrow at my Pity Party. Thanks for linking up!

  8. This looks so delicious! I really need to try it :)
    Thanks so much for coming to the party!

  9. I absolutely love Brussels sprouts salads. This is so pretty! Love the idea of dried blueberries.

  10. Loos yummy. So you don't cook the Brussels sprouts are raw?

    1. You got it, Judy! The Brussels sprouts are raw ... and so yummy. Enjoy!

  11. Good morning! I wanted to let you know I included this recipe in a cranberry roundup post on Chicago Jogger. You recently submitted this recipe for the roundup. Check it out here:

  12. This is a new fave! Flavors were perfect, recipe simple!

  13. The pictures definitely make it look like a delicious salad. I am willing to try this out. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  14. Beautiful salad!! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe at the What's for Dinner party! Have a fantastic weekend and hope to see you at the new party on Sunday!

  15. I've never tried raw Brussels sprouts!! Pinned for later - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a great week.

  16. Your recipe looks so good - CONGRATS for being featured at this week's Inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy!


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