Creamy Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

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Creamy Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

**The photos for this post were updated in January 2019.

I’ve always loved my vegetables, even as a young child.  My brother and sister rarely wanted to eat them, which was fine with me because that meant that there was more for me.

Brussels sprouts were always a favorite of mine.  The only way I’d ever eaten them growing up was steamed, so I had no idea how amazing they were shaved raw in salads.

This Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is my all time favorite way to enjoy brussels sprouts now.  The salad is addictively crunchy with sweet and savory flavors that I love. 

It’s all tossed in a creamy, tangy no mayo coleslaw dressing that takes it over the top!

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

I realize that there are a lot of brussels sprout haters out there, but maybe it’s because you have only eaten them steamed?  

When they’re steamed, they have a very strong smell.  While I loved them prepared that way when I was younger, I realize that I was not the norm. šŸ™‚

Roasting is one of the best ways to take that strong scent and flavor out of the sprouts and give them a caramelized sweetness, but shaving them and eating them raw is my favorite way to enjoy them.  

This shaved brussels sprout salad with bacon is reminiscent of coleslaw, with a much milder cabbage flavor.  

And I love myself some slaw!

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

First and foremost, you need to allot a bit of time to prep and shave your brussels sprouts.  It takes about 10 minutes, so consider it a labor of love. 

Trust me, it’s worth every bit of effort!

How to shave brussels sprouts:

  • Prep the brussels sprouts by trimming the bottom stem.  Cut the sprout in half and remove the tough, dark green outer leaves.  We only want the tender, light green leaves here! 
  • Wash the sprouts and blot dry, then shave them thinly with a sharp knife.  I normally shave them from side to side but either way works! 
  • The thickness of my brussels sprouts varied but I liked it that way — some were very thin and tender and some were thicker with more of a crunchy bite.  

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

How to make Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Aside from shaving your brussels sprouts, this salad comes together quickly!

  • Cook the bacon according to package instructions.  Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel and blot, then crumble when it’s cool enough to handle.
  • Prep your brussels sprouts, apple and fennel.  Once prepped, place in a large bowl and add the bacon.
  • Prepare the dressing.  Toss the salad with the desired amount of dressing and stir until well coated.  Top with the toasted hazelnuts and serve!

Recipe notes and substitutions

  • I  used pre-toasted hazelnuts from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute with almonds or walnuts.
  • Brussels sprouts may be prepped and shaved up to a day in advance and stored in an air tight container until you’re ready to use them.
  • Store left over salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  • Omit the bacon to make this salad dairy free and vegan.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

More brussel sprout recipes to enjoy!

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

Lightened Up Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Leek Dip

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

 

Creamy Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts is a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in a creamy no mayo dressing!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved and shaved thinly
  • 1 small fennel bulb, halved and shaved thinly (save some fronds for the salad if desired)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped thinly on the bias
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts, for serving*

Instructions

  1. Add the brussels sprouts, fennel, apple, bacon, green onions and golden raisins to a large bowl and toss with the desired amount of dressing.
  2. Serve with the toasted hazelnuts and enjoy!

Notes

  • I purchased pre-toasted hazelnuts from Trader Joe's. If you don't have any on hand, substitute with almonds or walnuts.
  • Brussels sprouts may be prepped and shaved up to a day in advance and stored in an air tight container until you're ready to use them.
  • Store left over salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  • Omit the bacon to make this salad dairy free and vegan.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This information does not include the dressing as it's included in a separate post.


 

 

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