Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with Crispy Bacon

The perfect salad for your holiday table is this Shaved Brussel Sprouts salad with crispy bacon, goat cheese, and apples. Plus a bacon vinaigrette!

It’s time to start putting together those holiday menus and having a good salad as a side is a must in my opinion. This Shaved Brussels Sprouts salad with Crispy Bacon is one of my favorite fall salads. Shredded Brussels Sprouts, apples, goat cheese, and a warm bacon vinaigrette make this salad really special.

Normally, I like my brussels sprouts roasted into submission until they are crispy and almost burned, and then tossed with a bright red wine vinegar dressing (like this). But serving them raw, like in this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, is something different entirely. You have to be really careful to balance the flavors, but if you nail it, YOU NAIL IT. It can absolutely be a top side dish for your Thanksgiving table.

How to prepare brussels sprouts for this salad

Brussels Sprouts are a vegetable that a lot of people are scared to prepare. This is with reason as if you prepare them incorrectly they can be less than stellar. 

Raw Brussels Sprouts
The star.

For this salad though, I prefer to keep them raw and just shred them into tiny strands almost like shredded cheese. This keeps their crunch and also minimizes there sometimes bitter flavors. 

To shred the sprouts for this salad, I prefer to just use a knife and chop them thinly, but if you wanted to bust out a food processor or something, you could us that to shred the sprouts as well. 

Do you need to cook Brussels sprouts?

There is a myth on the Internet that it’s unhealthy to eat raw Brussels Sprouts, but it’s just not true. It’s completely safe to eat raw sprouts.

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad

That said, if you take a bite of a raw sprout, it probably won’t give you joy in your day. That’s why I recommend shredding the Brussels Sprouts for this salad. 

Making crispy bacon and bacon vinaigrette

There isn’t actually much cooking you need to do for this salad. I would recommend baking the bacon in the oven though so it gets very crispy and you get really clean bacon grease which you can use in the salad dressing!

Bacon for Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad
Bacon baby.

The trick to the salad dressing? Make a quick warm vinaigrette and pour it over the sprouts RIGHT before serving. Other than that step, you can make this salad entirely in advance. BONUS.

Warm Bacon Vinaigrette.
Warm dressing.

For the vinaigrette, I like to whisk the red wine vinegar, olive oil, hot sauce, sugar, and salt together with the warm bacon grease and then pour it straight over the salad. Note that if it’s cold the bacon grease will just congeal. So, it’s best to warm it up gently right before serving.

Other Ingredients for this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

There are only a few other ingredients that I add to this shredded brussels sprouts salad. 

I like to add some crunchy nuts like pecans or walnuts and lightly toast my pecans in a skillet over medium heat. Toast them until they are fragrant, but watch them closely as they can burn quickly.

Toasted pecans in a skillet.
Toasted nuts!

Look at these beauties!

When you’re ready for dinner, toss the sprouts lightly with the warm vinaigrette and then top with all the toppings liked chopped apples, goat cheese, and pecans.

It’s a fantastic salad that has all the flavors I love: sweet, tangy, crispy, savory, creamy. This shaved brussels sprouts salad would go great on any holiday table so just go ahead and bookmark it for next week!

Some ideas and substitutions for this salad

This is a pretty flexible salad and there are some great substitutions you could make for it. I would keep the base brussels sprouts the same though as that is pretty integral to the salad. 

  • For the dressing ingredients, add some honey or maple syrup to change up the sweetener in the dressing.
  • Instead of apples, try dried fruits like dried cranberries or dried blueberries to the salad. 
  • Change up the nuts by trying other nuts like hazelnuts, walnuts, or pistachios. 
  • Make it vegetarian by leaving out the sliced bacon or adding some sauteed mushrooms to the salad.

I hope you add this brussels sprouts salad to your Thanksgiving Dinner menu! 

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

My Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Crispy Bacon

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Crispy Bacon

The perfect salad for your holiday table is this Shaved Brussel Sprouts salad with crispy bacon, goat cheese, and apples. Plus a bacon vinaigrette!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 lb brussels sprouts shredded
  • 6 strips bacon crispy
  • 1 medium apple chopped
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • ½ cup pecans toasted

Bacon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp bacon grease warm
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • Pinch sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place bacon strips on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until the bacon is very crispy. Let crispy bacon drain on a few paper towels and reserve bacon grease for vinaigrette.
  • Wash brussels sprouts and slice them in half through the stem. Then shave thin with a sharp knife. Add shaved sprouts to a bowl.
  • In a small skillet over low heat, toast pecans until fragrant and lightly browned. Be careful not to burn!
  • Right before serving salad, heat bacon grease and other vinaigrette ingredients in a small skillet and swirl together. Don’t simmer the ingredients but heat them and stir until they are combined.
  • When ready to serve, drizzle warm vinaigrette over shaved brussels sprouts and then toss with toasted pecans, goat cheese, chopped bacon, and apples. Serve immediately!


Calories: 489kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 14gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 710mgPotassium: 570mgFiber: 6gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1185IUVitamin C: 99mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Bacon Recipes, Brussels Sprouts, Sprouts Salad

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7 Responses to “Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with Crispy Bacon” Leave a comment

  1. Hi, I am a Belgian and we eat a lot of Brussels sprouts ;-)!
    I tried this recipe, and I can confirm it is delicious! Although it’s not the way we’d prepare it over here, I’m definitely adding it to my list!

  2. Just tried this prepping for thanksgiving(not to worry, it’s just my immediate family and my parents who already provide our childcare on a daily basis, no big party). It’s the perfect fall thanksgiving salad. Adding it into my regular rotation too.

  3. Great recipe, hubby loved it! Shaved brussels taste much less like cabbage than regular cut. I did not have goat cheese and thought a gorgonzola would work and it did!
    Thanks for the nice zingie salad… easy too!

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