How to shave brussels sprouts

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to shave brussels sprouts

Can’t find any shaved Brussels sprouts at the store? Follow along to learn how to shave Brussels sprouts in just a few easy steps!

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Shave Brussels Sprouts

If you can’t find any shaved Brussels sprouts or don’t have a food processor to help do most of the work for you, here’s a quick step by step tutorial on how to shave Brussels sprouts.

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How to shave brussels sprouts

Prepare your work station with a sharp knife to help avoid any accidents and a dry cutting board. Try putting a wet paper towel or kitchen towel under the cutting board to keep it from slipping while you cut.

When working with preparing vegetables, I love to have a ‘trash bowl’ around to put all the cut parts in so I can keep my workstation tidy and not have to walk back and forth to the trash can. This is also an easy way to gather compostable items as you’re working to transfer them to your compost bucket.

Wash your Brussels sprouts and set them aside. You’re ready to get started.

The first step is to cut the root end off of each sprout and put those into your trash bowl.

How to shave brussels sprouts

Next, pull off any outer leaves that are loose or look like they may be either dirty or rotten.

How to shave brussels sprouts

This next step is where we’re going to start cutting into the Brussels sprouts. I like to hold the Brussels sprouts with the root end on the cutting board since there should be a flat edge there. That gives me a little more stability when cutting.

You’ll want to carefully cut your shredded pieces from here. This is where you can decide how thick you want your pieces.

If the sprouts are small, one way to do it is to cut each in half, then each half into quarters. If you’re looking for smaller shreds, start from one end and work your way through the sprout.

How to shave brussels sprouts

Once you have your shreds, you can pull apart each and cut any larger pieces. Tada! You’re all set.

How to shave brussels sprouts

What can I use to shred Brussels sprouts?

There are a few ways that you can shred Brussels sprouts! The first would be by hand using a knife to cut through.

Another option is to use a mandoline, but be sure to be careful with those as it’s really easy to catch your fingers in the blade since Brussels sprouts are so small.

The last way would be to use a food processor. Most come with a shredding or grating disc attachment that you can pulse the Brussels sprouts in to give them a quick shred with pretty limited effort and I think that’s what we all need these days.

How do you cook shaved Brussels sprouts?

Roasting shaved Brussels sprouts might be one of my all time favorite vegetables. It’s crunchy with a ton of flavor without the typical steamed Brussels sprouts flavor you usually get.

Shredding it also means more surface area, but it’s not as thick so it takes less to char rather than just cooking through. A quick and delicious way to make it as a side dish is using olive oil, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to help caramelize the edges. You’ll never look back after that!

Can you eat shaved Brussels sprouts raw?

You can! They are delicious in a salad with a great dressing and some other elements to liven it up. These Brussels sprouts salads are just a few ideas if you’re looking into making a raw dish.

Looking for other Brussels sprouts recipes? Try one of these:

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Shave Brussels Sprouts

Can’t find any shaved Brussels sprouts at the store? Follow along to learn how to shave Brussels sprouts in just a few easy steps!


  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts


  1. Cut the root end off of each Brussels sprout and toss or compost those ends.
    How to shave brussels sprouts
  2. Peel off any loose or broken leaves off of each sprout.
    How to shave brussels sprouts
  3. Thinly slice each sprout into a few thin rounds. I usually aim for three cuts. An easy way is to cut in half lengthwise and cut each half into quarters. If you’d like thinner slices, cut from edge to edge as close as you can.
    How to shave brussels sprouts
  4. Pull apart each slice and cut any larger chunks, if desired.
    How to shave brussels sprouts


If you have a food processor, many have a shaving or grating disc attachment that you can use to achieve these shreds.

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How to shave brussels sprouts

Shaved Brussels sprouts are popular in salads and as a side dish. But how to do it? Here’s how to shred Brussels sprouts: the right way!

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Wondering how to shred Brussels sprouts: the right way? Shaved Brussels sprouts are popular in salads and as a side dish: but how to actually cut them? You can use your food processor, but you can also do it with a knife quickly and simply! But if you do it the wrong way, it won’t make those signature shreds. Here’s our step by step guide for how to shred Brussels sprouts, with a video of Alex showing you how it’s done (above).

How to shred Brussels sprouts step by step

Step 1

How to shave brussels sprouts

Remove any tough outer layers of the Brussels sprouts: this will vary based on the quality of the sprouts.

Step 2

How to shave brussels sprouts

With a large Chef’s knife, slice the Brussels sprout in half lengthwise.

Step 3

How to shave brussels sprouts

Place the cut side down and thinly slice the sprout cross-wise, making thin shreds.

Step 4

How to shave brussels sprouts

Loosen the pieces with your fingers. Discard the root end. That’s it!

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

  • 7″ Chef’s Knife — our best knife recommendation
  • 10″ Chef’s Knife — our favorite large knife
  • 8″ Chef’s Knife — our favorite affordable knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Serrated Knife / Bread Knife
  • Non-Slip Wood Cutting Board (used in the video!) or Non-Slip Bamboo Cutting Board
  • Non-Slip Plastic Cutting Board
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Drawer Knife Organizer — this is how we store our knives, and it’s even slicker than a knife block

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How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Shred Brussels Sprouts

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound shredded 1 x


Shaved Brussels sprouts are popular in salads and as a side dish. But how to do it? Here’s how to shred Brussels sprouts: the right way!

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Roasted shaved Brussels sprouts with pomegranate vinaigrette – easy and delicious side dish for any occasion in less than 30 minutes!

How to shave brussels sprouts

Are you bored of your same old, same old side dishes? And do you want to bring some flavor bomb to your plate?

Well, you’re in the right place! We’re cooking up some delicious Brussels sprouts with FLAVORFUL pomegranate vinaigrette.

Why you’ll love these shaved Brussels sprouts?

For some people, “delicious” and “Brussels sprouts” don’t belong in one sentence. And I get it. But once you try this version, I guarantee you won’t be saying “I hate Brussels sprouts!”

  • Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out nutty caramelized flavor.
  • Shaved Brussels sprouts cook much faster!! Think, 20 minutes tops!
  • Pomegranate vinaigrette is the secret here! Finely minced shallots mellowed in rich and tangy pomegranate molasses. This dressing is insanely good!

How to shave brussels sprouts

What is pomegranate molasses?

Pomegranate molasses is basically a reduced pomegranate juice. It’s a thick pomegranate syrup made with or without sugar.

Pomegranate molasses taste rich and tangy, and lightly sweet. It adds incredible flavor with just a little bit amount. Just like balsamic glaze, a little bit goes a long way! Other ways to use pomegranate molasses.

A few notes on Brussels sprouts:

How to choose brussels sprouts

If you can, I recommend buying nice and big Brussels sprouts, because they’re so much easier and faster to chop than smaller ones.

Or you can opt for already shaved Brussles sprouts, if it’s available to you!

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to shave Brussels sprouts:

The best way to shave Brussels sprout for this recipe is to just use a sharp knife. It’s not large amount of Brussels sprouts, so it’s quicker that way.

However, if you have a lot of Brussels sprouts, then the most efficient way is to use a food processor.

How to make shaved Brussels sprouts:

This’s such a simple dish to make.

  1. Thinly slice Brussels sprouts with a sharp knife starting from the top towards the base.
  2. Spread shaved Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet. Drizzle some olive oil and salt.
  3. Roast for about 15 minutes at 375°F, or until soft and lightly browned.
  4. Meanwhile, combine olive oil, pomegranate molasses, minced shallots and salt.
  5. Drizzle the vinaigrette over roasted Brussels sprouts and toss to combine. Serve with fresh pomegranate arils, if desired.

How to shave brussels sproutsHow to shave brussels sprouts

How to shave brussels sprouts

Ok, first off, do you call them Brussel sprouts or Brussels sprouts?

I had to look this one up — it’s actually BRUSSELS sprouts. As in Brussels, the city. And the B is always capitalized.

I totally drop that S when I say it, though. But if I know something needs to be spelled a certain way, I can’t ignore it. Even if it’s awkward. #nerd

How do you get someone to like Brussels sprouts?

Before we moved to Nevada, my best friend in Cali (and her husband) took us out to eat at a swanky little place called Neumanali for what turned out to be one of the best (if not THE best) meals of my life.

One thing that I particularly loved was a side of roasted shredded brussels sprouts.

I was determined to recreate them in my own kitchen, and I think I did a pretty good job.

So good, that my kids will occasionally eat these. And I’ve converted many a Brussels sprout hater with this one.

I promise if there’s a chance you’d like roasted Brussels sprouts, THIS IS IT. Shredded Brussels (or shaved Brussels sprouts) are the key to peace with these funny little veggies.

Brussels should never be boiled. Ew.

I distinctly remember the first time I ate a Brussels sprout. I had gone to one of those buffet places with a giant salad bar with a couple of friends. (Fresh Choice!) They had some cold, boiled Brussels sprouts in the salad bar, so I grabbed one.

We never ate Brussels as a kid. My mom had never liked them either (until I converted her to roasted ones. Why wasn’t roasting vegetables a thing in the 80s/90s. )

So I decided that was that day I was going to try one, despite their reputation as being a horrible task to push through to get a dessert.

I put it in my mouth and chewed for a second. It came out immediately.

I’m not a super dramatic, spitting-out-food type of person. It rarely happens. But when that bitter, slimy sprout hit my tongue, I wanted it out as soon as possible.

NO WONDER why they’re hated so much! They can be sooooo nasty if they aren’t prepared well! Can I just suggest that we quit boiling all vegetables? There has to be a petition going around. Or some legislation we can pass.

OK, boiling potatoes is fine. Because I’m not sure I want to live in a world without mashed potatoes.

How to shave brussels sprouts

I included a full recipe for baked brussels sprouts below, but really… you don’t need a recipe for this. Here are the basic instructions.

How to Shred Brussels Sprouts

  1. Slice off the bottom 1/2 – inch of the sprouts off and discard the outer leaves that fall off on their own. (You can actually buy them pre-shredded now!)
  2. Slice them really thinly, either with a slicing blade on a food processor or with a really sharp knife. This super important — it’s what makes them so crispy when they bake!
  3. Put them on a large sheet pan and drizzle with oil, salt, and pepper. (I like to use avocado oil.) You can also add fresh minced garlic or garlic powder. Toss to coat everything evenly.
  4. Make sure you preheat the oven to 425 or 400 degrees and roast for about 20 minutes or until they get nice and brown and crispy. Sometimes 425 degrees is a little hot, but it might depend on your oven. Setting the oven to 400 degrees would fix that.

How to shave brussels sprouts

When I started making these, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I sliced them really thinly with a knife by hand for about a year — while standing a foot away from my food processor. It never occurred to me to use it. *facepalm*

You can use a slicing blade (what I do) and shave them or just toss them in there and pulse until they’re shredded well.

Either way using a food processor or some kind of gadget that will slice them for you will guarantee you will make these more than once. And possibly on a weeknight — they’re that easy.

Now that I’ve seen the light, I can whip these up so much faster.

(Update: You can actually buy shredded or shaved Brussels sprouts at the grocery store now. I’m so glad the world is headed this direction.)

Since these cook up quickly and shrink up quite a bit, you can load that baking sheet full and still get a good toast on them. Just toss them around a few times during roasting and roast them longer if you’ve got a full pan.

As far as side dishes go, this is one of my favorites! It’s easily customizable, too.

We love Parmesan cheese on ours (sprinkled on during the last few minutes of roasting). A squirt of lemon juice or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar is great, too.

I’ve heard people roasting them with maple syrup, too. (Perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish!)

More Amazing Brussels Sprouts Recipes

If you get ambitious and want to shred more Brussels for later you could always make this Apple and Brussels Sprout Slaw from A Mindfull Mom! OR air fry them with this Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts recipe on Vegetarian Mama.

Here are a few of our family’s favorites:

Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Hash with Apples — an oldie, but one that works well for dinner OR breakfast with a fried egg on top. Mmm.

This Thai Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner features Brussels marinated Thai-style. It totally works. We love this meal.

If you love shredded Brussels, you MUST try them in this Copycat version of Costco’s Sweet Kale Salad!

A simple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad makes for an elegant and creamy side dish for weeknight meals or holiday celebrations. Made with only 4 ingredients and a homemade Caesar dressing.

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This easy recipe has all of the classic characteristics of a Caesar salad. Fresh cheese, homemade croutons, and a creamy homemade dressing. Made with shredded brussels sprouts instead of romaine lettuce, this salad is light, fresh, and very easy to put together.

The short list of ingredients in this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad delivers big on flavor! All you need are brussels sprouts, cheese, croutons, and a dressing. The recipe is also very flexible, so you can add any toppings you like without disrupting the flavor.

This salad would be a great addition to your holiday meal or when you need a fresh and simple salad for a weeknight dinner. Its wintery and creamy flavors matched with crisp brussels sprouts pair well with almost any dish. I especially like it on the side of a rib eye steak and smashed potatoes with garlic.

I made this recipe using my homemade Classic Caesar Dressing. Using 7 staple ingredients, this dressing whips up in no time, is incredibly flavorful, and keeps for up to 2 weeks!

How to shave brussels sprouts

Put the razor away. This is a different kind of shave!

Before we start shaving or shredding the brussels sprouts, we’ll need to clean them up. Trim off the ends of each sprout and discard any outer leaves that are bruised or discolored. There are a few different ways to shave brussels sprouts:

  • Using afood processor: Drop the sprouts into the bowl of a food processor and use the slicing attachment to chop into small pieces.
  • Using amandoline: Shred the whole brussels sprouts individually on a mandoline set to ⅛”.
  • With a knife: Slice each sprout in half, from top to bottom, cutting through the core. Place the sprouts cut side down on a cutting board, then use a sharp knife to thinly slice into ribbons.

Once they’re shredded, transfer the sprouts to a bowl of cold water. Rinse them well, then add to your salad.

Ingredients you need for brussels sprouts salad

Do me a favor and make this salad with homemade dressing! Taking only a little bit of extra time, you’ll end up with a dressing that doesn’t skimp on the fresh flavors (while saving yourself some money).

This is what you need:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Caesar salad dressing
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Artisan bread

How to make a shaved brussels sprouts salad with croutons

It’s very easy to put this recipe for brussels sprout salad together. You can even make the croutons or shave the sprouts ahead of time!

This is what you need to do:

  1. Make the homemade croutons: Place the torn pieces of bread on a rimmed baking sheet, then toss with olive oil and kosher salt. Bake for 7 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown.
  2. Put the salad together: Place the shredded brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Pour the Caesar dressing overtop and toss to coat. Add the shaved cheese and toss again. Add the croutons right before you’re ready to serve.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Use any artisan bread you love for the croutons. Whole wheat boule, sourdough, focaccia, ciabatta, or a baguette will all work.
  • Use the inside of the bread and not the crust for the best croutons.
  • Top the salad with as many toppings as you like, such as dried cranberries, chopped up bacon slices, apple chunks, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, or pomegranate seeds.
  • If you’re not a fan of Caesar dressing, my easy mustard dressing will pair perfectly with the flavors in this salad.
  • If you can’t find Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a fresh brick of Parmesan or Pecorino will work just as well.

Storing leftovers

Brussels sprouts can be shaved up to 2 days in advance to save you time. Keep them in a sealed bag or container in the fridge until you’re ready to put the salad together.

My homemade Caesar dressing will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Go ahead and make a batch way ahead of time.

Don’t add the croutons to the salad until you’re ready to serve or else they’ll become soggy in the dressing. Leftover or premade croutons can be stored in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 days.

This salad tastes best when it’s freshly made. If you’re making it ahead of time, don’t toss the salad with the dressing until you’re ready to serve.

More salad recipes

Give these recipes a try the next time you’re craving something fresh and easy:

Did you try this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe? Let me know what you think! Leave a comment or rate this recipe below. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me on Instagram! I love to share all of your recreations!

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. It’s bringing all the fresh fall vibes.

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Let’s try something new for Thanksgiving, starting with this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad. I’m pretty sure we all need a little shake up.

There is so much flavor and freshness going on here that it’s bound to become a new permanent staple on the table.

How to shave brussels sprouts

A New Day for Brussels

I know brussels sprouts have had a bad rap in the past but they are so in these days and I’m here for it.

Now, I’m not here for the boiled overcooked ones. I’m all about roasted brussels sprouts or a fresh, raw salad like this one.

Raw brussels will remind you of raw cabbage salads. The flavor is very similar. Friends, I promise you’re going to become a fan too.

How to shave brussels sprouts

Ingredients for Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • Brussels sprouts: You’ll need a pound of fresh brussels sprouts for this recipe.
  • Apples: pick your favorite. I went with honeycrisp for the sweet, tart combo they bring and the perfect crisp bite.
  • Craisins: Add an additional sweet bite to the salad. They are great in combination with the other ingredients in this salad.
  • Sharp white cheddar: Adds a creamy and sharp bite.
  • Toasted walnuts: Add a nice crunch. You can use pretty much any nut in its place if you’re not a fan of walnuts. Pecans, slivered almonds, chopped cashews and even sunflower seeds would be delicious.
  • Bacon: The smoky, saltiness of the bacon adds a nice touch. Plus, bacon makes everything better.

How to shave brussels sprouts

The Perfect Dressing

I went with a honey mustard vinaigrette dressing for this salad. The sweet and tart combo plays so nicely with the ingredients in this salad.

Because it’s a vinaigrette it’s got a nice tangy vibe going on. Here’s what you’ll need to make the dressing:

  • Honey
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Shave Brussels Sprouts

There are three ways you can shave the brussels sprouts for this salad.

First, and most time consuming, is doing it all by hand. Cut the root off the brussels sprouts then thinly slice. Be super careful.

The method I used is the glorious food processor . Mine has an attachment that can either shred or thinly slice.

I popped in the attachment and the shaving of the brussels was done in less than a minute. Make sure to cut the root ends off first.

Last, you can use a mandoline slicer . This will shave the brussels super thin but be careful and always use the guard because these suckers are sharp.

Sometimes you can even find them preshredded at the grocery store.

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Make Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

First, toast your walnuts. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the walnuts to the dry pan and cook, shaking the pan every minute or so.

Keep a close eye on the walnuts because they can burn quickly. Once the turn a little golden and start to give off a nutty smell, they are ready. Dump onto a plate and spread them out so they can quickly cool.

Place that same skillet back on the stove top. Cut the bacon into small pieces then add to the hot skillet. Cook until crisp.

Next, mix up the dressing. The easiest way to do this is to add all the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, seal and shake like crazy. You can also vigorously whisk in a bowl.

Add the shaved brussels to a large bowl. Top with the craisins, toasted walnuts, sharp cheddar cheese, chopped apples and bacon.

Drizzle with half the dressing and toss well to coat. Taste and decide if you want more dressing. Serve immediately.

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad Ahead of Time

You can prep the elements of this salad ahead of time to make assembly easy the day you are serving.

Shave the brussels up to 2 days ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here’s some more options for prep. Shred the cheese, cook the bacon and toast the nuts ahead of time. Keep the nuts at room temperature in an airtight container.

Ready in only 20-minutes, Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette is quick and easy on the stovetop and it is my favorite Brussels Sprouts recipe. The Brussels sprouts are thinly sliced before being sautéed in olive oil and dressed with a bright, fresh lemon Dijon vinaigrette and fresh parsley. The shaved Brussels sprouts take on a nice caramelized color from being sautéed in olive oil and the parsley adds vibrant green color and freshness to this delicious side dish.

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Choose Brussels Sprouts at the Grocery Store

  • Fresh and healthy Brussels Sprouts should have the following characteristics:
  • Bright green color
  • Firm and heavy for their size
  • Tightly packed leaves
  • No yellowing or wilting leaves. Some yellow leaves are normal, but a lot of yellow could be a sign of age and indicate they were picked a long time ago
  • No black spots, black spots could be a type of fungus
  • Smaller Brussels sprouts are usually sweeter and more tender than larger ones.

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Shave Brussels Sprouts

A food processor or mandoline is best for shaving Brussels sprouts. I used a knife to prepare them and because Brussels sprouts aren’t big enough to hold safely, I kept saying to myself; ‘shaving Brussels sprouts with a knife is a dangerous job, I should’ve used the food processor’.

  • Rinse the Brussels Sprouts under cold running water then pat dry
  • Trim the stem end of the Brussels sprouts to remove any brown or tough bits
  • Remove any yellow or shriveled leaves
  • Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise. Occasionally the interior of the Brussels sprouts will be bad, and you won’t notice before shaving the entire batch, better to catch the bad ones before you start shaving the Brussels sprouts.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts in the feeder tube of your food processor fitted with the large slicing disk.

Ingredients in Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

  • Brussels Sprouts: Low in calories and high in calcium, and vitamins K, and C. Smaller Brussels sprouts have a sweeter flavor than larger ones.
  • Olive Oil: All of the olive oil needed for the vinaigrette is used to sauté the shaved Brussels sprouts in order to give them a nice caramelized color.
  • Red Onion and Garlic: The red onion is slivered and sautéed with the Brussels sprouts and the garlic is crushed and chopped before adding to the remaining ingredients in the vinaigrette.
  • Fresh Lemon and Dijon Mustard: The combination of these two ingredients is a classic vinaigrette and is perfect to bring a bright fresh flavor to the shaved Brussels sprouts.
  • Flat-Leaf Parsley: This green leafy vegetable is super healthy, has a great flavor, and adds a nice contrast and vibrant color to the shaved Brussels sprouts recipe.

How to Sauté Shaved Brussels Sprouts

  • Place a thick, heavy-bottomed non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the olive oil, red onions, and the shaved Brussels sprouts. Sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes then give them a quick stir and let them sit untouched for about 3-4 minutes (I always set a timer) to develop some color.
  • Repeat this process 3-4 times until you have the desired color
  • While the shaved Brussels sprouts are browning, combine the remaining vinaigrette ingredients together with the flat-leaf parsley.
  • Remove the shaved Brussels sprouts from the heat and pour the vinaigrette over the top. Stir to combine.

What to serve with Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Here are a few ideas:

Standing Rib Roast of Beef | Prime Rib, this recipe is pretty special, shaved Brussels Sprouts with the Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette are the perfect addition

How to shave brussels sprouts

Herb Buttermilk Marinated Turkey Breast, Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without a great Brussels Sprouts recipe.

How to shave brussels sprouts

My Easy Herb Roasted Chicken recipe is great for a special occasion or a typical weeknight meal. This Shaved Brussels Sprouts recipe is a great addition to a roast chicken.

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Thinly Shaved Brussels Sprouts are mixed together with cranberries and walnuts and then tossed in a creamy, homemade honey mustard dressing. This simple salad recipe is easy to make ahead for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners or even meal prep for weekday lunches. You can also easily make this gluten-free and vegetarian dish vegan, too!

How to shave brussels sprouts

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe

Whether they’re served as Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon , Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts , or Smashed Brussels Sprouts – these adorable miniature vegetables are always so darn tasty.

But the one thing I don’t always like is waiting for them to get crispy and crunchy while they bake in the oven.

So recently I had this inkling to see what raw Brussels sprouts would taste like.

But biting into a gargantuan, uncooked sprout didn’t seem super appealing.

Instead, I decided to thinly slice the little sprouts into bite-sized pieces – just small enough so they could soak up all of the deliciousness of a homemade honey mustard dressing with fresh thyme.

And wowzers!! Little did I know how incredible raw and uncooked sprouts could be!!

This is hands-down a salad recipe that is worthy of gracing your holiday tables. (And yes – all of them! Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Easter Sunday!)

But the best part? It’s so simple to throw together that you’ll find yourself making it for an ordinary weekday dinner or even meal prepping it for lunch.

How to shave brussels sprouts


The ingredients you’ll need for this festive salad are relatively easy to find. There are also a few substitutions you can make that I’ll outline below:

  • Brussels sprouts – You’ll need a 1-pound bag of Brussels sprouts. Make sure you have one full pound, not including the stems they sometimes come on.
  • Honey Mustard vinaigrette – Apple cider vinegar, oil, honey, Dijon mustard, and fresh thyme combine to make this delicious salad dressing. If you’re vegan you can always substitute the honey with pure maple syrup or even agave nectar. Dried thyme can also be used in place of fresh. Just make sure you reduce the amount by ⅓ – ½ .
  • Cranberries – Dried cranberries give this salad an added sweetness. Feel free to substitute with dried cherries or even raisins.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – These roasted and salted seeds give a little crunch to the salad.
  • NutsToasted walnuts are coarsely chopped and added in for a nutty taste. Toasted pecans or almonds may also be used if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Cheese – Grated Parmesan cheese has a nice salty bite that compliments the sweetness of the dressing. Feel free to substitute with goat cheese, a vegan Parmesan cheese, or leave it out completely if you’re dairy-free or vegan.

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Shave Brussels Sprouts

The key to making this shaved Brussels sprouts salad out-of-this-world delicious is to cut the sprouts into thin slices.

The smaller the slice, the more tender they will get when the dressing is added on.

To shave Brussels sprouts:

  1. Trim the ends from the sprouts using a sharp knife.
  2. Turn the Brussels sprout cut-side-down and slice the individual sprout into 4-5 ¼-inch pieces.
  3. Repeat this process with the remaining Brussels sprouts.

How to shave brussels sprouts

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Much like when making a classic honey mustard dressing , we’ll be combining a bit of oil, honey, and mustard. But we’ll shake things up just a bit by using apple cider vinegar and adding in a bit of fresh thyme.

Feel free to use white wine vinegar instead of apple cider, rosemary instead of thyme, or even maple syrup instead of the honey.

You can make this homemade salad dressing in either a food processor or a high-speed blender such as a Nutribullet.

Add all of the ingredients to your appliance of choice and blend until smooth, creamy, and emulsified.

You’ll know the dressing is done when it no longer separates after standing.

How to shave brussels sprouts

How to Make

Now that you’ve got the dressing made and the Brussels sprouts shaved, the rest of the recipe is super simple!

  • Combine shaved Brussels sprouts, cranberries, toasted walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cheese, and salad dressing in a large bowl. (step 2 above)
  • Toss ingredients until well combined.

How to shave brussels sprouts

Prep-Ahead Instructions

If you’re prepping this salad ahead of time for a dinner party or holiday lunch, there are a few things you’ll want to consider:

  • You can cut the Brussels sprouts up to 2 days in advance.
  • The salad dressing will store well in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days before serving.
  • If toasting the nuts beforehand, leave them at room temperature so they maintain a crunchy texture.
  • You can mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (except for the dressing!) and store in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. About 10-20 minutes before serving, pour in the salad dressing and toss to combine.

How to shave brussels sprouts

Storing and Serving

Sprinkle on a bit of additional Parmesan cheese and fresh thyme just before serving.

If you have leftover salad, it will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Just note, that with each day it is stored with the salad dressing, the soggier the Brussels sprouts will get.