Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries and Apple


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This shaved Brussels sprouts salad is a crisp and flavorful recipe that comes together in just 10 minutes! It’s a blend of seasonal ingredients such as Brussels sprouts, red apples, and cranberries – tossed in a homemade lemon vinaigrette. I’d definitely say this is one of my favorite winter salads.

Shaved Brussels sprouts salad in a white bowl.

This month I’ve hopped on the Brussels sprouts bandwagon with my roasted Brussels sprouts, green shakshuka and balsamic bacon Brussels sprouts. But if you’ve got a bundle of sprouts leftover, a refreshing and hearty salad is the perfect way to make use of them.

This recipe is a mix of delicious autumn flavors and textures that’s tossed into a bed of shaved brussels sprouts.  Now, before you say that raw Brussels sprouts don’t sound appetizing, I’d recommend you first take a bite of this recipe. The raw sprouts gives this salad a welcome crunch that’s accompanied by sweet apples and cranberries, creamy goat cheese and a tangy lemon dressing. Trust me, you’re gonna love it!

Brussels Sprout Salad Ingredients

With just 6 ingredients, you can whip up this recipe in no time. Here’s what you’ll need to pick up on your next trip to the market.

  • Brussels sprouts: You’ll need about 1 pound of brussels sprouts – both packaged or fresh stalks work.
  • Apple: I’ve chosen to use a red apple for its bright color and crisp sweetness. But, you can also use a honeycrisp, fuji, or green apple.
  • Almonds: Sliced almonds are ideal to match the same thin texture of the brussels sprouts.
  • Dried Cranberries: I prefer to use unsweetened dried cranberries.
  • Onion: Red onions give it a sharp, yet sweet flavor.
  • Goat Cheese: Adds a bit of creaminess and tastes oh so good!
  • Vinaigrette Dressing: I’m using my lemon vinaigrette, but you can read more below on other vinaigrettes to use.

Shaved Brussels sprouts on a wood cutting board next to knife.

What Kind of Dressing to Use with this Salad

With a brussels sprout salad, most vinaigrettes will pair well. Aside from my lemon vinaigrette, you can also use an apple cider vinaigrette, citrus lime vinaigrette, dijon vinaigrette, or champagne vinaigrette. Choose your favorite to brighten up this recipe!

What’s the Best Way to Shave Brussels Sprouts?

While there’s a few ways to shave brussels sprouts, here are 2 ways that I think give the best results.

  1. Use a knife. Trim the knob off, and thinly slice the sprouts into shredded pieces. You can cut them in half first as well, for smaller pieces.
  2. Use a food processor. Simply use the shredding blade attachment to quickly shave the sprouts. Just remember to cut the ends off first.

Note: You can also prep the shaved Brussels sprouts ahead of time. Just store them in a sealed container or large Stasher bag and place it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Then when you’re ready to make your salad, just toss the rest of the ingredients together and you’re good to go!

Tossing shaved Brussels sprouts salad with wood tongs.

How To Make Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Create this salad in just 4 easy steps! Here’s what to do.

  1. Prep the brussels sprouts by shaving them into thin slices.
  2. Make the dressing by vigorously whisking all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add all of the salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and toss the salad until everything is combined.

A single serving of shaved Brussels sprouts salad on a white plate.

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Shaved Brussels sprouts salad in a white serving bowl.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

5 from 21 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This shaved Brussels sprouts salad is a fresh and flavorful recipe that comes together in 10 minutes! Just toss together shaved sprouts, a few other seasonal ingredients, and drizzle with a vinaigrette.


Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, shaved or thinly sliced
  • 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 ounces goat cheese

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 large lemons, juiced (approx 1/3 cup juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, or maple syrup
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Make the dressing by combining all the of dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Use a whisk to vigorously blend and emulsify the dressing.
  • Add all of the salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle the dressing on top and toss the salad to combine.

Lisa's Tips

  • If you want a more flavorful salad, let the brussels sprout sit for 30 minutes (after tossing) to absorb the dressing. 
  • This salad will last for up to a few days in the fridge. 


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 684IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brussels Sprouts Recipe, Brussels sprouts salad recipe, Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. This was great! My whole family loved it, only adjustments I made for personal preference was to add a little more honey to the vinaigrette and used feta instead of goat cheese. Just knew my boys would prefer it that way! But this was so fast to make and one of the only things, aside from roasting a chicken, that I made the day of!5 stars

  2. Hi Lisa-

    I was looking for a salad recipe and found this. Made it tonight and I can’t believe how fabulous it tastes and so simple to put together. The Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for this salad. I took your recommendation and tossed everything together and put it back in the fridge and it totally amped up all the flavors! I actually ate it with your Falafel Flatbread (which I made for the first time and loved!) Thank you again!5 stars

  3. I was never a brussels sprouts girl. Thanks to your genius salad recipe, they found a way in my diet (and my heart 😉)!

    By the way, I love your book! ❤️

  4. This was amazing! I did add drunken cranberries (simmer dried cranberries in liquid- I used champagne because that’s what was open), and it’s my new favorite salad.5 stars

  5. This salad stole the show at a recent dinner – everyone asked for the recipe. Light, healthy, and delicious. Thank you!5 stars

  6. I can’t have almonds, cashews or peanuts, but most other nuts are ok. Is there another type of nut you would recommend that I could substitute? Would pecans be a good match?

  7. This was a hit at Thanksgiving last year and will be on heavy rotation! Thanks for such a great and simple recipe!5 stars

  8. Great recipe, most importantly the dressing. I bought a premade mixed bag of shredded kale, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli slaw (from Trader Joes). And I used a blender to purée the dressing instead of whisking. I used honey crisp apples, and it was easy and eye catching. 5 stars

  9. I brought this salad to a Thanksgiving and had several people ask about the recipe. I will be making this again. Thanks! 

  10. This was soooooo yummy! I had it with my left over Corned Silverstein and it was a perfect match. Thanks. I’m a real fan of your content.5 stars

  11. Hello!  This looks awesome!  I really don’t care for goat cheese though, would you suggest substituting feta, or just leaving it out?  Thanks!!

  12. Had some leftover goat cheese from the broccoli salad, so tried this one today. The combination of textures and flavors is so good. And such a lovely way to eat sprouts (I usually roast them). Am afraid this is my fav salad for the winter (sorry broccoli salad). 5 stars

  13. This was really yummy! Refreshing and flavorful. The apples and nuts add a lot to this salad. I will certainly be making this again. My grocery store doesn’t carry shaved Brussels sprouts so I had to slice them all up myself. Worth it though!5 stars

  14. AMAZING! This one is going to be on regular rotation. Served it to guests on Christmas Eve and everyone raved! From 10 year old to 70, it was a hit! Loved that I could make it the day before and literally throw it in a nice bowl mins before dinner. Also, it was still delicious a couple days later, when the last thing I wanted to do was cook!5 stars

  15. I tried this salad because we had brussel sprouts left over and I loved it! 

    But I have a question: are the nutrition infos at the end of the recipe per serving or per recipe?

    Keep up the amazing work! Thank you so much! :)5 stars

  16. Just found the salad I’ll be serving for the holidays! Colorful, beautiful and I’m sure delish! Perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!5 stars

  17. A beautiful salad with seasonal ingredients and my favorite brussels sprouts. Very easy to make a total winner in my table. Thanks for suggesting using raw sprouts; they taste so good.5 stars

  18. I’m so into Brussels sprouts, especially roasted. But, have never used them raw in a salad. This salad looks so delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try!5 stars

  19. This salad looks so colorful and festive. And it’s a great way to enjoy Brussels sprouts. I especially love the goat cheese and the cranberries in this.5 stars