This shaved Brussels sprouts salad has apples, pears and cranberries mixed in and is tossed in a cider dijon mustard dressing. It’s fall on your plate.

Yesterday we spent 2+ hours of our afternoon attending orientation for the New York State Troopers.

As Ulysses’ “support network” (the state’s term, not mine and one in which Ulysses hasn’t stopped referring to me as since when he now wants something) I was invited to listen, learn and ask questions about my husband’s new career and what he can expect for the next 6 months in the academy.

So clearly, while we went through slide after slide of the hell that is about to become his life in the academy, I thought about making this Brussels sprouts salad.

Shaved brussels sprouts and fruit salad
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I might’ve perked up when we got to the medical benefits section (hell yeah to government benefits over crappy private business ones!) but other than that my mind was going through the ingredients of this salad.

And the grocery list…and the thanksgiving sides I need to make…and the blog food I have on tap for the next couple of weeks…and the 2 proposals for work I need to get done this week, and, and, and…

Shaved brussels sprouts

It’s not disinterest as much as a rather not know for my own sanity type of thing.

If given the choice to learn about the ridiculous physical demands, screaming, crappy food and living situation my significant other is about to be put through for half a year versus creating a flavorful fruit salad with chopped Brussels sprouts and a cider dijon dressing in my head, I’m going for the latter.

I’m pretty sure he’d rather a “support network” that gives him a decent tasting meal after 5 days of state cafeteria food than one that’s freaking out about his physical condition or sanity every Friday night when he comes home.

Brussels sprouts are fun because there’s two distinct ways to enjoy them. You can slice (or shave) them real thin like in this salad recipe or this koginut squash salad recipe and enjoy them raw with a flavorful dressing.

I also like a quick 2-3 minute sauté to take the raw bitterness out of them like we do in this honey mustard chicken and Brussels sprouts salad recipe.

Or, you can roast the heck out of them until they’re crispy and a wonderful deep golden brown.

My favorite roasting recipes are these Brussels sprouts roasted on the stalk and these bacon wrapped roasted Brussels sprouts.

Shaved brussels sprouts salad

I did catch one blurb from the session that I fully plan on heeding: “don’t expect them to make up a week’s worth of time in a weekend”.

Translation (in the ears of Gina)?

Hire a cleaning person because your husband won’t be able to do all the chores that need to be done on his 1.5 day weekend.


Thank you, NY state.

More recipes with Brussels sprouts to check out:

Creamy Garlic Brussels Sprout Soup
Maple Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Grilled Skirt Steak with Brussels Sprouts Salad
Brussels Sprouts Pumpkin and Apple Hash

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Fruit Salad

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
shaved brussels sprouts fruit salad
This shaved brussels sprouts salad has apples, pears and cranberries mixed in and is tossed in a cider dijon mustard dressing. It’s fall on your plate.


For the Salad

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, ends and outer leaves trimmed
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries

For the Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 11/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper


  • Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  • Slice brussels sprouts thinly and place in a large bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the sliced brussels sprouts and toss to combine.
  • Add remaining ingredients and toss together lightly.
  • Season with additional salt & pepper to taste.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 203mgFiber: 6gSugar: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
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  1. I love raw Brussels sprout salads like this. I have never eaten raw fresh cranberries before, I didn’t even know you could, but that sounds so good. I’ll have to give this a try.

  2. I made this yesterday for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it!! I did substitute the cranberries with pomegranate seeds which was kinda fun. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This looks so amazing – I want to serve it for Christmas!

    My son, however, is allergic to mustard. Any suggestions as to what I could substitute the dijon for?

    Thanks for this recipe!

  4. Can’t get enough brussels and fresh cranberries lately. It is funny how you body seems to crave and know what is in season.

    I used to do this same thing during talks and lectures at the lab. So much more going on in my head.

  5. Oh wow, that sounds yummy and I can’t wait to try it! I’ve subscribed to your blog and looking forward to more!

  6. I’ve never bought, cooked, chopped, or even tasted a brussel sprout. EVER. Should I start now that I’m 32?

  7. Congrats to Ulysses!! So excited for both of you even though it will be rough. The 6 months will be over before you know it. ;-)

  8. How do you do it? You always come up with the most mouth watering combinations!

    And my mind would so be wandering to things like food during all of that too. Heck. When does my mind not wander. haha!

  9. I’m on a real brussels sprout kick as of late – this is totally going on The List. Sprouts deserve so much more love. Glad you’re giving it to ’em. And I will show my love via my mouth when this gets made to redeem myself after the post-apocalyptic Turkey Coma.