Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries, Blue Cheese, Walnuts

bowl of shaved brussels sprout salad with cranberries and cheese

Brussels Sprouts Salad fills your fork with cancer fighting, energy boosting, fiber-rich foods. Cranberries, nuts, and cheese add deliciousness!

How to make Brussels Sprout Salad

I love the freshness of this salad. I am happy to fill my fork with cancer fighting, energy boosting, fiber-rich foods. I also love that it’s flexible. Lots of options 👇👇.

  • Slice the B Sprouts as thinly as you can. Use a sharp Chef’s knife, mandoline or the shredder disc of food processor, shred the sprouts into thin slices.
  • Toss with fruit, nuts, cheese, onion and mustard vinaigrette.
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Thinly sliced raw Brussels sprout
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Toss with dried cranberries, red onion, toasted walnuts, blue cheese

The ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts are raw in this salad. Some people find B sprouts bitter but when they’re raw, they are less bitter. Plus they reduce inflammation, detoxify cancer precursors, and increase artery flexibility.
  • Pomegranate seeds add flavor and crunch with a sparkle. Substitute dried cranberries or chopped apple or orange.
  • Toasted walnuts bring benefits such as healthy fats, protein, flavor and texture. Pecans, almonds or pine nuts could replace the walnuts. Toasting at 350℉ for 7-15 minutes (depending on size) improves the flavor and is so worth doing.
  • Blue cheese adds flavor and creaminess. No blue? Try goat cheese or Parmesan shreds.
  • Red onion Another flavor booster with beneficial plant compounds. Shallot, green, white or yellow onion can be substituted.
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Brussels Sprouts Salad ready in minutes

Can you shave Brussels sprouts for later?

Yes. Store them in the fridge in a covered container They’ll keep for several days.

Brussels sprout nutrition

In my book, Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being, I encourage eating power-packed vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, arugula and radishes 3 to 4 times per week. These carbohydrate-rich cruciferous vegetables share similar nutritional benefits and turn up your immune system. Their phytochemicals reduce inflammation, detoxify cancer precursors and increase artery flexibility.

I am a carb lover. Yep. ❤️🙋‍♀️

That may surprise some because carbs are getting so much hate. I wouldn’t think of giving them up.

What are healthy carbs?

Carbohydrate quality is what I’m talking about. The type of carb makes all the difference. What’s in your kitchen?

Whole-grain toast or a toaster pastry? Go whole grain for fiber and phytochemicals.

An orange versus orange juice? The orange has twice the fiber as orange juice.

A bowl of steel-cut oatmeal or a bowl of sugared flakes? Oats deliver fiber, protein and less sugar.

Are you seeing a pattern? Fiber + You = Better Health.

With this salad’s more than 5 grams of fiber per serving, you’re on your way to better health.

What are good carbs?

Carbohydrates are in many foods we eat. For good reason. Carbs fuel the brain. Carbs fuel muscles. They provide the body with glucose, which is converted to energy. The good carbs, the healthiest sources of carbohydrates—whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans and dairy foods—promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients.

The benefits of dietary fiber

A study commissioned by the World Health Organization where researchers reviewed nearly 40 years of fiber research revealed that for every 8-gram increase in dietary fiber eaten per day, the risk for death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer decreased by 5-27 percent. Can you find room for 8 grams of fiber? They found the sweet spot to be that 25 to 29 grams of fiber per day generated the greatest health risk reduction, though most American average 15 grams of fiber a day. Increasing fiber intake was associated with lower body weight, blood pressure and cholesterol compared with lower intake.

A fiber challenge

Are you ready for your own fiber challenge? I created a free, 5-day challenge you can join by clicking this link. You’ll get tips and tools, resources and recipes to create your own roadmap to meet your fiber goals and make high fiber meals. Don’t ya? Won’t ya? Seriously, it’s only 5 days. Find it right here.

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries and Blue Cheese

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With cranberries, toasted nuts, and cheese this easy, fiber-rich Brussels Sprout Salad fills your fork with healthy, good carbs.

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • few grinds of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils or dried cranberries or cherries
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped (or almonds, pecans or hazelnuts)
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, thinly sliced


  • Mix  together mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk and gradually pour in oils. Set aside.
  • Trim the stem and outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts. Using a sharp knife, mandoline or the shredder disc of food processor, shred the sprouts into thin slices.
  • Combine in bowl with pomegranates, walnuts, blue cheese and onion. Drizzle dressing over and toss to combine. You’ll have some dressing left over. Store it in the refrigerator.


Smoked blue cheese adds, well, smokiness that you find in bacon.


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