Shaved Brussels Sprout pomegranate salad with crisp apples
is dressed with a tangy Champagne vinaigrette
Easy and colorful Brussels sprout salads make a light lunch or a side dish for dinner
Shaved Brussels Sprouts make a great salad because they have so much texture combined with gorgeous green color. They grow on stalks and get their name from their origins in Brussels.
Buying and preparing shaved Brussel Sprouts
Fresh Brussel Sprouts are sold loose, or in bags, and are normally already clean, but be sure to give them a good rinse. You can buy them pre-shredded in some markets, but it is easy to shred them at home, and they taste fresher.
Once cleaned, trim the stems of the Brussels sprouts, and also remove any of the discolored leaves on the outside.
Shaving raw Brussels sprouts is easy and quick with a food processor, using the slicing blade option. However, you can always use a mandolin or slice them with a sharp knife.
Brussel Sprouts can begin to discolor pretty quickly after trimming so use right away, or plunge into a bowl of cool water and then dry when ready to use. I like to use my salad spinner to get a quick dry. Alternately, store in a sealed bowl or bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
How to de-seed Pomegranates:
Pomegranate seeds are also referred to as “arils”. They are available in most produce sections in small cups, but it is super easy to de-seed a fresh pomegranate in your own kitchen.
Here are the 3 steps to de-seed a fresh pomegranate:
- Cut off the crown and then cut into 2 sections
- Place the sections in a bowl of water and gently loosen the seeds with your fingers
- Discard everything but the seeds and strain
Which type of apples to use?
Honeycrisp apples are the perfect contrast in this Shaved Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Salad because they are super crisp, have beautiful reddish skin, and a sweet taste. Any crisp apple will work for this salad though.
Top this salad with our Champagne Vinaigrette
Our classic Champagne Vinaigrette is the ideal dressing for this salad because it has a tart flavor that marries well with the pomegranate seeds. However, you can use any vinaigrette.
Ideas for add-ins on Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Salad:
This salad makes a great light lunch, but adding protein will make it a complete meal. Our Salmon with Dill or some shredded chicken both pair very well.
Other additions could include:
- pine nuts
- sharp crumbly cheeses like feta, blue, goat or gorgonzola
Shaved Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Salad
- Food Processor, optional
- 16 oz fresh Brussels sprouts, shaved
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 large apple, thinly sliced Honeycrisp or other crisp variety
- 6-8 oz Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing, Link to recipe in Notes below
- Clean Brussels sprouts and trim ends. Remove any discolored leaves.
- Shave Brussels sprouts in a food processor, with a mandolin, or slice thinly with a sharp knife. If not using immediately, plunge in cold water and dry thoroughly before using.
- In a large bowl, gently toss shaved Brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, and sliced apples with the Champagne vinaigrette.
- Serve immediately.