A healthy shredded Brussel Sprouts salad with dried cranberries, crisp red onion, sliced almonds, and smoky bacon. Everything comes together with a perfectly tangy, creamy, and slightly sweet dressing.
This salad is dairy-free, made with real whole food ingredients, and the perfect side dish that the entire family will love. This recipe is Paleo, dairy-free, and gluten free.
Healthy Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad
This healthy Brussels sprouts salad is proof that your sprouts are good for more than just roasting. While I love a good roasted brussel sprouts recipe, sometimes you just need to switch things up.
Especially around the warmer spring and summer months, there is nothing better than a flavorful, crisp, and delicious salad. This easy salad uses shredded brussels sprouts as the base of this hearty salad.
The sprouts are crisp and stand up to the creamy dressing. When you add a little smoky bacon, dried cranberries, crunchy almonds, and red onion to the mix, things get even better.
This salad is so simple and easy to make. It will literally take you ten minutes. It is a great side dish to bring to a summer potluck or barbecue. I know you will love it!
While this healthy salad is full of flavor, it is made up of only a few super simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand.
The base of this recipe is only five ingredients. Here is what you need:
Shredded brussels sprouts: You can shred your own Brussels sprouts or buy pre-shredded sprouts to keep things super easy
Bacon: Bacon and Brussels sprouts go together like peanut butter and jelly. The smoky flavor of the bacon works so well in this salad. Bake a few pieces in the oven until crispy and then chop it up.
Almonds: For a little crunch and healthy fats
Red onion: Keep the red onion thinly sliced so you don’t get a huge bite of onion.
Dried cranberries: They add a little sweetness to the salad. If you do not have dried cranberries on hand, or if you just are not a fan of them, feel free to use golden raisins or raisins instead.
How to Make the Perfect Creamy Dressing
The star of this salad is the dressing. The salad dressing is perfectly creamy, tangy, and just a little sweet thanks to pure maple syrup. It pulls all of the salad ingredients together perfectly.
This is what you need to make the dressing:
Mayonnaise: a mayo that is made with a high quality oil like avocado oil is always the best choice. This is my favorite brand.
Whole grain dijon mustard: a little goes a long way and adds so much great flavor to the dressing.
Apple cider vinegar: just a little for tang and the flavor works really well with the mustard and bacon.
Maple syrup: just a little for sweetness and to offset the tang of the vinegar. Feel free to use honey if you do not have maple syrup.
How to Serve This Salad
This hearty Brussels sprouts salad is perfect all on its own but it also pairs perfectly with your favorite protein. Try it with chicken, beef, pork or fish. It is also especially great with barbecued or grilled meats as a hearty green side.