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This shredded brussels sprout bacon salad has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s quick, festive, and so delicious. Shredded brussels sprouts, nutty manchego cheese, toasted hazelnuts, and juicy pomegranates, all tossed with a warm cider vinaigrette that’s sweet and tangy. Every bite of this salad is bursting with flavor. Great as a light lunch, served alongside your favorite dinner, or at your next holiday gathering!

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Happiest Thursday! Hope you’re all having a great week. It’s been a busy, cold and snowy week here. With all the snow we’ve been getting, the resorts actually opened ahead of schedule yesterday.

I’ve been madly working away on recipe testing, fun holiday content, and staying warm in the kitchen with lots of baking. All good things! And today I’m SO excited to share this salad, from my Thanksgiving menu, with you all.

No matter what the occasion, no dinner party is complete without a colorful salad, especially Thanksgiving. With all the turkey, gravy, potatoes, and rolls, something light and colorful is a must on every Thanksgiving dinner table.

One of the questions I’m often asked is what to serve for dinner parties. For me, what I serve always depends on the season. But there’s one thing that’s always on my dinner party menu.

Yes, salad.

My go-to salad is normally something full of leafy greens, a mix of vegetables, pomegranates, maybe persimmons, and a simple balsamic dressing. This year however, I knew I wanted to create a shredded brussels sprouts salad to throw everyone a curve ball. It’s something I’ve never done, but always wanted to do. I wasn’t sure how much I’d be into it, because roasted brussels sprouts will forever be my favorite…but you guys? Trust me when I say that this salad is beyond good. It’s so simple, so beautiful, full of texture, and incredibly delicious.

raw brussels sprouts

When I set out to make this, I knew I needed to keep it simple, but flavorful. There’s so much going on with the Thanksgiving meal that I wanted the salad to be able to compliment everything.

Enter this shredded brussels sprout salad.

It all starts with a heck of a lot of brussels sprouts. Like a lot. If you’re cutting your brussels sprouts by hand, like me, this will be the hardest part of making this salad. If you’re smart, and live near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, then you might want to pick up a bag of pre-shredded brussels sprouts, and save yourself a good 15 minutes or so of chopping time.

Tip? Be that smart person and buy the pre-shredded brussels sprouts. I know it might be fresher to cut the sprouts yourself, but thinly slicing all those brussels spouts takes time. And well, no one has that kind of time, especially on Thanksgiving.

Ok. Moving along.

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Once you have your brussels sprouts shredded and in a bowl, add the manchego cheese, toasted hazelnuts, and a good amount of juicy pomegranate arils. Then crisp up some bacon and you’ll have your salad.

Next make the warm cider vinaigrette and pour it over the salad.

The warm vinaigrette takes the bitterness out of the raw brussels sprouts by beginning to cook them just ever so slightly. It adds a sweet, tanginess that compliments the brussels sprouts very nicely.

The pomegranates add a freshness of color, and a burst of juicy flavor with every bite. Plus, they’re my favorite fruit to put in salads. I love them…as if you couldn’t tell from my many, many pomegranate filled recipes.

And the bacon? Well, it adds a saltiness that keeps everyone coming back for seconds.

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One of the best parts to this recipe?

You can prep this salad a few hours ahead of time to make things easier. Personally, I love serving the salad just after it has been tossed with the hot vinaigrette so that the salad is a little warm. But that’s just me, I love warm food. Serve the salad up whichever way you’ll enjoy it most.

I’m already looking forward to enjoying this salad again in just a couple of weeks on Thanksgiving Day. Are you guys getting excited? Don’t forget to check out my 2018 menu!! I’ll be sharing a new dessert tomorrow that’s my favorite of the month. Very excited.

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If you make this salad please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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Shredded Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad and Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 715 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. In a large salad bowl, combine the shredded brussels sprouts, cheese, hazelnuts, and pomegranate arils.
    2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain onto a paper towel. Wipe the skillet clean.
    3. To make the vinaigrette. Heat the olive oil in the same skillet used to cook the bacon over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the shallots, cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly. Add the apple cider vinegar, apple butter, thyme, and orange zest. Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
    4. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, tossing to combine. Top the salad with bacon. Serve warm or at room temperature. 
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  1. 4 stars
    Have you ever tried using the bacon grease instead of olive oil for the dressing? I know there are warm bacon and vinegar dressings so thought I would try using the bacon grease in the pan after removing the cooked bacon instead of discarding it, wiping pan and using olive oil. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I plan on making this and bringing to Thanksgiving dinner. Can I make the dressing a head of time then heat in microwave before adding to the salad?

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Totally, that would be just fine for you to do! Let me know how this recipe turns out for you, I hope you love it! xT

  3. Looks amazing! I want to use a food processor to shred the Brussels sprouts. Could I roast or blanch the sprouts first to soften them up, or they’re fine raw? Thanks for clarifying!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      I like these raw in my salad, but if you prefer to have them slightly cooked that will be just fine for you to do! I hope you love this recipe! xx

  4. 5 stars
    I’m about to make this for the third time. And it has been a hit with my friends and family.
    I use pomegranate vinegar and fig preserves, and I blanched the Brussels sprouts. The whole thing is just phenomenal. Who doesn’t want bacon and Brussel sprouts together? Great recipe!

    1. Hey Anne,
      Love to hear that this recipe was delish! Thanks for making it and your feedback! Have a great weekend!🍁🍃

  5. 3 stars
    This one was ok but not my favorite. The vinaigrette was a little oily to me — I think next time I’d add less olive oil, or just cook the sprouts to make it a side dish instead of salad.

    1. Hey Laura,
      Thanks for giving this dish a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear it you didn’t love it! Let me know if there is anything that I can help with! xx

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good I’ve made it again and again throughout the years during cooler weather. Everyone loves it!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this salad and three others (2 other HBH) for my Hocus Pocus 2 party. I used dried cranberries since one of the other salads had pomegranate. It was delish! Had chicken, prawns and salmon on the side for those wanting protein with salad. Also had the Black Widow Smash. Thanks for the inspiration!

      1. Hey Anna,
        Fig preserves is another option tat will work well for you:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT