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Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Walnuts & Parmesan

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A fall-inspired Brussels sprouts salad that’s so scrumptious, even the skeptics might come back for seconds!

Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Walnuts & Parmesan

When it comes to Brussels sprouts, especially raw ones, some folks love them, while others…well, not so much. But, give this salad a whirl and see if it doesn’t change some minds. Thinly-sliced Brussels sprouts mingle with a zesty cider vinegar dressing, crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, and nutty shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pair the salad with butternut squash soup, a sandwich, or let it stand solo as a light meal. And here’s a suggestion that will make your life easier: make it ahead! The flavors deepen and meld beautifully over time, making it perfect for those holiday gatherings or just a ready-to-grab lunch in the fridge. Trust me, even the Brussels sprouts skeptics might be asking for seconds!

Brussels Sprout Salad: What You’ll Need

ingredients for brussels sprout salad

Step-by-step instructions

In the fall and winter, many grocery stores sell bagged, pre-shredded Brussels sprouts, which cuts prep time and makes this salad quick and easy to throw together. However, if you can’t find them, Brussels sprouts are easy to prep. Start by trimming the stem ends and removing any blemished or yellowed outer leaves.

trimming brussels sprouts

Run the whole Brussels sprouts through the slicing blade of a food processor or slice them by hand using a sharp knife.

shaved brussels sprouts in food processor

Toast the walnuts in a 350°F-oven for 6 to 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Set aside.

walnuts on baking sheet

In a large bowl, combine the shredded Brussels sprouts, apples, shallots, olive oil, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.

brussels sprouts, apples, shallots, and dressing ingredients in mixing bowlToss well, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours to allow the sprouts to soften and the flavors to marry.

tossed brussels sprout salad

When ready to serve, toss the walnuts and Parmigiano-Reggiano with the salad.

adding walnuts and cheese to salad

Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, then serve. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days but keep in mind that the flavors will dull the longer the salad sits; add a little more cider vinegar and vegetable oil to perk it up.

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Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Walnuts & Parmesan

A fall-inspired Brussels sprouts salad that’s so scrumptious, even the skeptics might come back for seconds!

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes, plus at least 30 minutes to soften in the refrigerator

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 1 large tart-sweet red apple, such as Honey Crisp, cored and chopped (no need to peel)
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots, from 1 large shallot
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup walnuts, toasted if desired (see note) and coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced and crumbled Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Place the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, checking frequently, until lightly toasted and fragrant, 6 to 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to a plate and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the shredded Brussels sprouts, apples, shallots, olive oil, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper; toss well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours to allow the sprouts to soften and the flavors to marry.
  4. When ready to serve, toss the walnuts and Parmigiano-Reggiano with the salad. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, then serve. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days but keep in mind that the flavors will dull the longer the salad sits; add a little more cider vinegar and vegetable oil to perk it up.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 261
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19 g
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Sodium: 379 mg
  • Cholesterol: 7 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • I made this for myself and enjoyed it as lunch or a side to dinner for a few days. Then made it for a family Christmas dinner. There were a few picky eaters who refused to try it, but those who tried it loved it and even asked for the recipe! It brought some fresh zing and really tied the plate together (beef tenderloin, roasted potatoes and carrots, and green beans). I think it’s great for a holiday dinner because it’s easy to serve and doesn’t take up too much room on the plate. It’s also just delicious. I make it exactly as the recipe says to (even weighing out the sprouts) and it’s perfect. I like to shave the sprouts on a mandolin for freshness (rather than pre shredded) and recommend using jumbo Brussels if you can find them!

    • — Lily on January 15, 2024
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  • This salad is fantastic. There were only 6 adults at dinner (including a couple who are usually less than thrilled about brussel sprouts) and we finished off the bowl. So good. No changes recommended. Great as written.

    • — Linda on December 26, 2023
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  • Wonderful flavor combination, my better half said it was even better left over. Thank you for sharing, I will make this again.

    • — Kathleen on December 5, 2023
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  • Delicious and easy, but makes a lot! The next time I will try blue cheese instead of parmesan.

    • — CindyG on November 26, 2023
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