Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple-Balsamic Dressing is a new favorite salad for us and one we’ve enjoyed half a dozen times since Thanksgiving. Don’t judge these little shredded sprouts by their overcooked counterparts!


The key ingredient to the salad is the Maple Bacon and Maple-Vinaigrette Dressing that adds the right amount of sweetness. Add in the dried cranberries, the crunch from the pecans and creamy tang from the blue cheese, this salad is full of flavor!


Give your Brussels sprouts a rinse and slice off the tough woody stems. Remove any bruised or dried-out outer leaves. You can use a food processor fitted with a slicing blade or mandolin to shred the Brussels sprouts. A mandolin is dangerous for me, so I’m better off with a knife.

Slice the sprouts in half from top to bottom. Turn the sprouts cut-side down, and thinly slice them cross-wise from root to top. Separate the layers into distinct shreds.


Top with your salad with cooked, crumbled Maple Bacon (my grocery store sells Hormel brand). You could use regular bacon but the maple flavor makes the salad!

Add blue cheese crumbles. toasted pecans, and dried cranberries. Adjust the quantity of your toppings as desired.


Maple-Balsamic Dressing,

recipe courtesy Tyler Florence:

1 small shallot, finely diced

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons maple syrup (use real Maple syrup)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Make the dressing by combining the chopped shallot, Dijon and balsamic vinegar in a large mixing bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while you whisk to emulsify. Add the maple syrup and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

You can find a printable recipe for this salad, here.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries, Pecans, Blue Cheese & Bacon

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  26 comments for “Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    January 10, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I love Brussels sprouts! Mine are usually cooked in a little… bacon fat:@) Your salad sounds tasty and healthy!

  2. Sandi Lee
    January 10, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Going to have to try this one-thanks Mary. Looks delicious.

  3. Peggy Thal
    January 10, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Never had Brussels sprouts uncooked and as a salad. It does look pretty and delicious. Have to give this a try and a taste test. The dressing sound delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  4. mona
    January 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Yum – am going to try this as soon as I get to the store for the ingredients. Thanks for sharing this recipe and all the other great ideas!

  5. January 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Oh goodness Mary, I want a bite of this salad for breakfast right now! I can’t wait to make it as it sounds so crunchy good. Thanks for sharing. xo

  6. January 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Hi Mary, I don’t think I have ever eaten brussels sprouts raw. (I do love them, especially broiled.) All these ingredients sound delicious and I’m sure that together they make a wonderful salad–crunchy, tart, sweet! And, yes, it’s only maple syrup if it comes from a maple tree! :) Linda

  7. January 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Mary, this recipe is right up my alley! I do love brussel sprouts raw and in a salad. This is a must-try for me! Mandoline’s were dangerous for me too. I have a glove I put on that protects me from cuts. It’s wonderful

  8. January 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    That dressing does sound wonderful! Thank you!

  9. January 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    We love brussel sprouts and this looks and sounds so good. This is a keeper. Thanks so much!!!


  10. January 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

    One of the greatest salad recipes I have seen in a while!…

  11. Karen
    January 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Trader Joe’s offers shredded brussels sprouts in a bag. They are so easy to use! They would make this salad not only delicious, but a breeze to make.

  12. January 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

    this just makes my mouth water … all favorite things … really — I love the sprouts of Brussels …!!!!

  13. January 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I have made Yvonne’s and loved it but yours has ALL my favorite ingredients! I swear maple bacon would make shoe leather taste good! The salad dressing sounds divine also, I am a big fan of Tyler Florence~we will definitely be enjoying this next week, thank you!

  14. January 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I just had my first shaved brussells sprout salad at a Napa restaurant and loved it. Now I’ll try yours.

  15. barbara
    January 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This salad sounds delicious!!! I love Brussels sprouts and have never had them raw. Am always looking for different salads to make. Have company coming in this week and I am sure this will be a big hit. Thank you for the sharing.

  16. January 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I tried to like brussel sprouts this year, but I have hated them since birth… BUT, I love your dressing :-)

    and photography ;-)

  17. January 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I love brussels sprouts. What you’ve done here, this is great! I love all of the flavors you used in this salad. Featuring on social media and pinned. Thanks for sharing at MM!

  18. January 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    We eat a lot of brussel sprouts. I must try this salad and am pining it today for future use. Wish I had all the ingredients on hand today and it would be done.

  19. Rhonda
    March 30, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Made this for Easter dinner 2016, very good!

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