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Monday, November 20, 2023

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad with Pecans. Fresh, crunchy, delicious!

Are you looking for more delicious non-lettuce salads to enjoy? While a lettuce-based salad is always enjoyable, other vegetables make great salads as well. Plus having a variety of non-lettuce salad recipes to enjoy means that a salad is just a few moments away!


Delicious and festive, another great non lettuce salad...

This was my first time making a shaved Brussels sprout salad. But it won't be my last. This Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad with Pecans, much like coleslaw is just as tasty in leftover form. To be honest, the little sprouts are fun to work with. Especially if you are cooking with young helpers with smaller hands, those little cabbages are just the right size! Removing the outside leaves is a great task for little hands. And as it usually holds true, that the food children help to make, is the food they will want to eat. Or at least taste, and isn't that the beginning of good nutrition?

We eat a large variety of non-lettuce salads around here, not only are they delicious, but it is also one of the easiest ways to get more vegetables into your daily meals. Non-lettuce salads offer a large variety of ingredients, along with unique flavors from dressings and vinaigrettes. Add the crunch factor that each vegetables brings, make them a real favorite in our meal plans. 


Fresh (raw) Brussel sprouts do not have a strong flavor, they are tender and mildly sweet. 

The dressing on this Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad with Pecans is also simple and delicious. A mixture of fresh lemon juice, a bit of honey, and a squeeze of Dijon mustard.  A quick tossing of the salad ingredients together and a brief rest in the refrigerator is all it takes. I like to add the pecans at the table for a nice crisp crunch! 

The lemon juice in the dressing will keep the apples fresh, and soften the shaved sprouts for a tender crunch. It is your choice to peel or not peel the apples. Personally I love the red color peeking out here and there in the salad. This salad has a delicious lemon vinaigrette, and not a creamy mayonnaise dressing. It is light and allows the delicate flavor of the sprouts to shine through. If you are a creamy dressing purist on your salads, a tablespoon of mayonnaise may be stirred in if desired. But we loved it just as it is written.  

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • Brussels sprouts
  • apples, red are a nice contrast
  • lemon
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
You will also need:
  • a food processor 
or 
  • mandolin
  • measuring spoons
  • medium-sized mixing bowl
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • citrus juicer
  • large spoon 
  • serving bowl
Now we are ready to begin!



Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad with Pecans
UPDATED: 11.21.2023

3 c shaved brussels sprouts (about 1 pound of brussels sprouts)
1 large or 2 small red-skinned apples, we used Gala apples
1 lemon
2 T olive oil
2 T honey
1 T Dijon Mustard
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 c chopped pecans


Clean the brussels sprouts by removing the outer leaves, as well as any that are withered or yellowed. 

Rinse under cool water if needed, drain well, and let air dry. Or if time is short, blot with cotton toweling. 

Quarter the apple(s), remove the core. 

Use a mandolin or food processor to thinly slice/shred the brussels sprouts and the apple pieces. Place into a medium-sized mixing bowl. 

Juice the lemon, add the juice to the mixing bowl along with the olive oil, honey, and Dijon mustard. Toss the ingredients together until well coated with the dressing. 

Take care to get some of the dressing on each apple slice to prevent browning. Season with salt and pepper. Let rest in the refrigerator for two to three hours. 

To serve, toss again, adjust the salt and pepper if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl, if desired. Sprinkle the pecans over the top of the salad or if preferred let each person add the pecans to their own serving. 



Storage options for Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Pecans. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad with Pecans has been included below. 


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Printable "copy and paste" version:
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Pecans
UPDATED: 11.21.2023

3 c shaved brussels sprouts (about 1 pound of brussels sprouts)
1 large or 2 small red-skinned apples, we used Gala apples
1 lemon
2 T olive oil
2 T honey
1 T Dijon Mustard
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 c chopped pecans

Clean the brussels sprouts by removing the outer leaves, as well as any that are withered or yellowed. 

Rinse under cool water if needed, drain well, and let air dry. Or if time is short, blot with cotton toweling. 

Quarter the apple(s), remove the core. 

Use a mandolin or food processor to thinly slice/shred the brussels sprouts and the apple pieces. Place into a medium-sized mixing bowl. 

Juice the lemon, add the juice to the mixing bowl along with the olive oil, honey, and Dijon mustard. Toss the ingredients together until well coated with the dressing. 

Take care to get some of the dressing on each apple slice to prevent browning. Season with salt and pepper. Let rest in the refrigerator for two to three hours. 

To serve, toss again, adjust the salt and pepper is needed. Transfer to a serving bowl, if desired. Sprinkle the pecans over the top of the salad or if preferred let each person add the pecans to their own serving. 

Storage options for Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Pecans. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

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  1. This looks delicious, Melynda! Brussels Sprouts are a family favourite at our house - I used to call them'baby cabbages' when my son was little. Love the flavours in the dressing too - and you can't go wrong with pecans! Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you April, thanks for hosting Hearth and Soul! Have a great week ahead.

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  2. It's always nice to have another non lettuce interesting salad recipe. Thanks

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    1. I agree, I love having a variety of non-lettuce salads to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week ahead.

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  3. Oh yum. I love this recipe. I think I'll have to chop my sprouts since I don't have a mandolin. My daughter is a vegetarian and coming to visit. This will make a good addition to the weakened and a perfect make ahead .

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. My husband loves brussel sprouts...Me..not so much!

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    1. Yes, they are a love 'em or hate 'em kind of vegetable.

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  5. I'm going to have to try this recipe to get my kids to eat some brussel sprouts! Thanks for sharing at The Homestead Blog Hop!

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    1. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do, thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Your delicious salad is one of this week's features - see you there!
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

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  7. YUM, looks good!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 26. Pinned!

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    1. Dee, you are welcome, I appreciate you're hosting this link up, thank you!

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  8. This looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a fabulous week.

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