Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Salad

Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Salad

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.

Shaved Brussel Sprouts

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:

  1. Cut off the crown and then cut into 2 sections
  2. Place the sections in a bowl of water and gently loosen the seeds with your fingers
  3. 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.

Champagne Vinaigrette
Classic Champagne 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:

  • walnuts
  • pine nuts
  • pecans
  • sharp crumbly cheeses like feta, blue, goat or gorgonzola
Brussel sprout, pomegranate, apple salad with salmon
Brussel sprout, pomegranate, apple salad with Dill Salmon
Brussel Sprout, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad
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Shaved Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with pomegranate seeds and tart apples is dressed with a tangy Champagne vinaigrette for a light and colorful salad
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dressing, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Cyndy Ufkes ~ The Art of Food and Wine

Equipment

  • Food Processor, optional

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes


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