Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with Bacon

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


Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with Bacon

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This recipe was updated on November 5, 2020 with new images and directions!

Thanksgiving is almost certainly going to be different (and smaller) in many households this year. A good easy-to-make salad like this Shaved Brussel Sprouts salad with Bacon should be on your menu!

Even though it will look much different this year, I’m excited that I think we will be able to have Thanksgiving in our actual home this year. Yay!

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. 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.

The trick? 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.

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad

There isn’t actually much cooking you need to do for this salad. I would recommend baking the bacon 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.

I also like to lightly toast my pecans (or you could use almost any nut really). Just until they are fragrant over low heat. Watch them closely as they can burn quickly.

Toasted pecans in a skillet.
Toasted nuts!

For the vinaigrette, I like to mix everything together, but if it’s cold the bacon grease will just congeal. So, it’s best to warm it up gently right before serving.

Warm Bacon Vinaigrette.
Warm dressing.

Look at these beauties!

The star.

To shave them, cut them in half through the stems and then slice them as thin as possible.

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad

When you’re ready for dinner, toss the sprouts lightly with the warm vinaigrette and then top with all the toppings.

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!

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with Bacon

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The perfect salad for your holiday table is this Shaved Brussel Sprouts salad with bacon, goat cheese, and apples. Plus, I toss it with a quick warm bacon vinaigrette right before serving. Guaranteed good!


1 pound (approx.) brussels sprouts, shaved
6 strips bacon, crispy
1 apple, chopped
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pecans, toasted

Bacon Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons bacon grease
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dash of hot sauce
Pinch of sugar
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. 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.
  2. Wash brussels sprouts and slice them in half through the stem. Then shave thin with a sharp knife. Add shaved sprouts to a bowl.
  3. In a small skillet over low heat, toast pecans until fragrant and lightly browned. Be careful not to burn!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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7 Responses to “Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad with 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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