This shaved Brussels sprout salad tastes like a bowl of vibrant confetti! It stars apple, pomegranate and a tangy sweet dressing.
How can you eat a healthy, vegetable-centric food on the regular? Many people ask our secret, and it’s this: the non-diet diet. CNN just published an article on the non-diet diet approach. Eating delicious, healthy, fresh recipes on the regular: without feeling the need to add foods to a “bad list”. And foods like this Shaved Brussels Sprouts salad taste so incredible, it’s hard to believe they’re also good for you! To us, this salad is like the best treat: feathery shaved Brussels sprouts, the vibrant burst of pomegranate seeds, and a tangy sweet vinaigrette. If this is healthy eating…well, we’re all in!
What’s great about a shaved Brussels sprout salad?
Recipes like this shaved Brussels sprout salad are what healthy eating and adventurous cooking should be about. It’s the perfect fall salad or winter salad for whether Brussels sprouts are in season! Here’s what makes it so tasty:
- It’s got all the contrasts. This one is a study in texture contrasts: the feathery shaved Brussels, the pop of the Pomegranate seeds, and the bright crunch of the apple. It’s vibrant and colorful, covered in a lightly sweet vinaigrette.
- It’s darn delicious. And the flavor: it’s like eating a bowl of confetti, but the healthy kind! After noshing on it, you’ll truly feel a vibrant glow: and that’s not just fad diet BS.
A few time savers for this salad
In the winter I tend to gravitate towards comfort foods like breads and cheeses, so this winter salad has been a welcome antidote. It’s also a gluten-free, and vegan salad recipe. It’s naturally sweet and you can remove the maple syrup for a sugar-free dressing. It does take a bit of time to put together, but it’s well worth it. Here are a couple time savers for putting it together:
- Purchase shaved Brussels sprouts from the grocery. You can find these packaged in the produce section at some grocery stores.
- Purchase shelled pomegranate seeds. We’ve been tipped of that Brussels sprouts are sold shaved at Trader Joe’s.
How to shred Brussels sprouts
Shredding or shaving Brussels sprouts is actually more difficult than you think! Cut them the wrong way, and the pieces look all wrong. If you have a food processor, you also can chop off the ends and use the slicing attachment on a food processor to shred the Brussels sprouts. However, using a knife is just as easy! To get those signature shreds, here’s what to do — see the video below!
- Remove any tough outer layers with your fingers.
- With a large Chef’s knife, cut the Brussels sprout in half lengthwise.
- Place the cut side down and thinly slide cross-wise to create shreds.
- Separate the shreds with your fingers. Discard the root.
How to seed a pomegranate
The other main skill in this recipe is cutting and seeding a pomegranate! It takes a few minutes, but it’s very easy and absolutely worth grabbing the fresh fruit. Here’s what to know:
- Cut the pomegranate in quarters, then remove the seeds in a bowl of water. This avoids a big mess of pink splatters all over your kitchen! We’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial: go to How to Cut a Pomegranate.
- Or, buy pomegranate seeds instead! Pomegranate seeds that are already removed are easy to find at your local grocery. The downside? They’re not as fresh, and they go bad quickly.
This shaved Brussels sprout salad recipe is…
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, and naturally sweet. For sugar free and Whole 30 friendly, omit the maple in the dressing.Print
This pomegranate shaved Brussels sprout salad tastes like a bowl of vibrant confetti, and will leave you glowing from the inside out.
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts*
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds*
- 1 apple
- 1 shallot
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Shred the Brussels sprouts: see the video below or go to How to Shred Brussels Sprouts.
- Seed the pomegranate: Go to How to Cut a Pomegranate.
- Cut the apple into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the shallot into rings.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, white wine vinegar, maple syrup, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until thick and emulsified.
- In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together. Serve immediately.
Buying shredded Brussels sprouts and shelled Pomegranate seeds can help cut down prep time. We’ve heard shredded Brussels sprouts are available at Trader Joe’s!
- Category: Salad
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Brussels Sprouts, Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad, Pomegranate, Brussels Sprout Salad, Salad, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free
Looking for more Brussels sprouts recipes?
Brussels sprouts are the new best thing: they’re totally on trend, especially shredded and roasted. Here are some of our favorite Brussels sprouts recipes on the site:
- Add the best sweet salty sauce for Brussels Sprouts with Maple Glaze
- Go roasted with Crispy Brussels Sprouts or Spicy Brussels Sprouts
- Grab your frying pan for Fried Brussels Sprouts
- Use them as a pizza topping in Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza
- Make a cozy pot of Farro & Brussels Sprout Soup
Last updated: December 2020
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.