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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Creamy Maple Dressing

January 15, 2024

Shaved Brussels sprouts make an elegant, refreshing fall salad when dressed with a simple, creamy maple vinaigrette dressing and tossed with crisp apple slices.


shaved brussels sprout salad in a large bowl topped with apples, pecans, cherries, pumpkin seeds and pecans

All the Fall Flavors, One Colorful Salad

A Creamy Maple Dressing, spiked with apple cider vinegar and mustard, coats shaved Brussels sprouts, pumpkin seeds and crisp apples in this perfect autumn salad recipe. We had Thanksgiving side dishes in mind when we dreamt it up—a crisp, healthy counterpoint, (similar to our Endive and Roquefort Salad with Pear Vinaigrette or Radicchio salad with Crème Fraîche Vinaigrette), to the traditional, heavy Turkey Day fare—but these days we find ourselves lusting after it all season long. Delicate, shredded Brussels sprouts give this fall salad a restaurant-quality elegance that makes it right at home on even the most festive table, but it’s easy enough to serve on a weeknight to perk up a dinner of simple Roasted Chicken.

hand shaving Brussels sprouts on a mandolin

How To Shave Brussels Sprouts (Hint: You Have Options!)

Some people see the word “shaved” in a salad recipe, assume you need a mandoline, and run for the hills. While using a mandoline is one way to shave Brussels sprouts, fear not! It’s not the only way. Here are three ways to shave Brussels sprouts:

  1. Food processor! Yep, you know that weird food processor attachment that’s hiding in the back of your cupboard and looks like a great way to cut yourself? Similar in shape to the grating disc, it’s called a “slicing disc” and it’s perfect for work like shredding Brussels sprouts. P.S. it is indeed very sharp, so work carefully.
  2. Mandoline. A mandoline slicer just can’t be beat for thin-slicing, and shaved Brussels sprouts are no exception.
  3. A sharp knife. Just slice them as thinly as you possibly can. This is far and away our least favorite method, because it’s difficult to get the Brussels sprouts thin enough to be delicious eaten raw, but it is a workable back-up option if you don’t have a mandoline or food processor.
Brussels sprouts in a bowl and bowls filled with maple dressing, pipits, pecans, pomegranates, dried cherries and an apple

4 Autumnal Ingredients Make This the Best Brussels Sprout Salad, Ever.

We have a bottomless capacity for wonder at the seasons’ brilliant colors—vibrant rust reds and golden, glowing oranges against sharp blue skies—and a bottomless hunger for its edible bounty, too. This crisp, easy fall salad recipe celebrates it all with four autumnal flavors:

  • Toasty nuts and seeds. Pumpkin seeds and pecans add a double dose of nutty richness and satisfying texture to our Brussels sprout salad.
  • Vibrant red fruits. Apples (we like to use Honeycrisp), tart, chewy dried cherries and juicy jewel-like pomegranate seeds add light sweetness and lots of fresh flavor.
  • Rich maple syrup. Our Creamy Maple Dressing is the ideal partner for this fall salad recipe.
  • Brussels sprouts. If you frequent your local farmers markets, you’ll know that the arrival of these light green, bauble-covered stalks is a sure sign that it’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu.
large bowl filled with shaved Brussels sprout salad a creamy maple dressing, apples, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries and pecans

Other Fall Salad Recipes to Try:

Whether you’re looking for a salad to bring to Thanksgiving or just craving a break from heavy, cold-weather dinners, here are three of our very favorite salad recipes:

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with apples, pomegranates, pecans and dried cherries
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with apples, pecans, pomagranates and creamy maple dressing

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Creamy Maple Dressing

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 342


  • 1½ pounds large Brussels sprouts, very thinly sliced (see Note)
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • 1½ cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 large honeycrisp apple, cored, sliced
  • 1½ cups dried cherries
  • 1 cup pomegranate, seeds (from 1 pomegranate)
  • ¾ cup creamy maple dressing recipe


  1. In a large bowl, toss the shaved Brussels sprouts with the pepitas, pecans, apple slices, cherries, pomegranate seeds, and dressing until coated.

  2. Serve family style.

Note: The best way to get super thin shredded Brussels sprouts is to use a mandoline. If you don’t have one, just use a sharp knife and try to slice as thin as possible (watch your fingers!).

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories342
  • Protein5 g
  • Carbohydrates30 g
  • Total Fat24 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol2 mg
  • sodium292 mg
  • Total Sugars20 g

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Creamy Maple Dressing

Questions & Reviews

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  • emily

    Hi, how long will this last in the fridge please? thanks! looks delicious!!

    Hi Emily, it should be good for about 3 days in the fridge. Hope you enjoy!

  • Holly

    Did you keep the cherries whole? Wondering if putting them in the food processor to make them smaller might be a good idea for those who may not like a whole dried cherry in a single bite?

    Either way is totally fine! Hope you enjoy Holly!

  • Barbara

    Can you make this with cabbage?

    I'm sure that would be a delicious swap! Hope you enjoy Barbara!

  • Kelly

    What is a serving size? Thanks!

    This salad has about 10 servings. I'm not sure the exact yield of each serving.

  • Gina

    Can you used the pre-shredded sprouts that you can buy in the store? Or do you recommend shaving them yourself?

    You can certainly use pre-shredded Brussels sprouts!

  • Joey

    This was so simple and so good - I skipped the dried cherries as I didn't have any, and added some cooked bacon. I tossed the shaved brussels sprouts with the dressing 3 hours before dinner and added in the rest right before serving. The dressing is so tasty, will definitely make again!

    Thanks Joey, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Claire

    This salad is fabulous in any and all forms. I’ve only used the creamy maple dressing…. I have made it using kale, cabbage, red and green leaf lettuce etc…. I have used various nuts and seeds depending on what’s fresh at my store. It is foolproof. The one thing I will say is that when using a hardy veg/ lettuce….is I dress it a few hrs before I add the apples, seeds etc…. This recipe will not let you down! So very forgiving…..enjoy

    Thanks Claire, we are so happy you love it!

  • Christie

    This was a delicious combination! Thanks for the recipe. The only tweak I would make the next time I prepare this is to use fewer cherries. Otherwise, it was perfect!

    Thanks Christie, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Bridget

    Amazing! We make this for family Thanksgiving and although it's best fresh it was yummy the next day too.

    Thanks Bridget! We are so glad you loved it!

  • Judy

    Fantastic! Rave reviews from my dinner guests, and I especially loved it. Nice contrast between the crunchy seeds and chewy Brussel sprouts. I'll definitely keep this one on repeat!

    Thanks Judy, so happy you loved it! This is one of our favorites!