Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan uses shredded raw Brussels Sprouts for an interesting low-carb salad that’s so delicious. Toss in a few dried cranberries if you want to turn it into a holiday salad and don’t mind a few more carbs!
I think this Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan is a perfect salad for a holiday meal. I’ve been making it for a few years now for Thanksgiving dinner, and all the Brussels Sprouts lovers in my family (and even a few Brussels Sprouts avoiders) go crazy over this salad. It’s delicious for Thanksgiving as a salad with dried cranberries, but when we tried it without those extra carbs Jake, Kara, and I all loved the low-carb version of the salad as well!
We used 6 thick slices of bacon and included bacon grease in the dressing, but you can certainly get by with less bacon, and discard all the bacon grease and make the salad with entirely olive oil if that sounds better to you. The slivered almonds and Parmesan add even more flavor, and even if you make a few changes in ingredients or amounts, this salad will still be amazing! Please adapt the recipe to fit your own personal needs and eating preferences, but no matter how you change it up, if you’ve never had a salad with raw Brussels Sprouts, I hope you’ll try this one.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
What do raw Brussels Sprouts taste like?
I never liked boiled Brussels Sprouts, but I’m a huge fan of roasted Brussels Sprouts and raw Brussels Sprouts. I think the raw Brussels Sprouts have a slightly nutty flavor, a bit similar to the flavor of raw cabbage but milder.
Can you use a food processor to shred the Brussels Sprouts?
When I shared Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts I recommended cutting up the Brussels Sprouts by hand, and showed you a photo of how I do it. And you can certainly do that for this recipe as well. But in a salad I don’t mind the more uneven texture you get from using the food processor, so take your choice on that!
Can you use more bacon in this salad?
I kind of wanted to call the recipe Brussels Sprouts Salad with BACON, because the bacon gives the salad so much good flavor, so feel free to use even more bacon if you’d like!
Who else loves Brussels Sprouts?
And if you’re a Brussels Sprouts fan like I am, use Brussels Sprouts to find all the recipes! And check out Low-Carb and Keto Brussels Sprouts Recipes to see more options for holiday Brussels Sprouts.
How to make Brussels Sprouts Salad:
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- I bought Brussels Sprouts that were already well-trimmed and just had to cut them in half, trim the Brussels Sprouts if needed.
- Use the slicing blade of a Food Processor, a Mandoline Slicer or just a sharp knife to slice the Brussels Sprouts. (affiliate links)
- Measure out the almonds, then toast almonds in a dry pan until they’re fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Cook the bacon until it’s crisp, remove from pan and drain on paper towels, keeping the bacon grease in the pan.
- Whisk together 2 tablespoons of bacon grease, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, red wine vinegar, and maple syrup to make the dressing. Use Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (affiliate link) for lowest carbs.
- Remove the rest of the bacon grease from the pan, then put the dressing into the pan you cooked the bacon in and heat until it’s starting to bubble.
- Then toss the hot dressing with the raw Brussels Sprouts and mix in the bacon, toasted almonds, and Parmesan.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
- Enjoy! And if you’re making this for Thanksgiving, go ahead and toss in a few dried cranberries if you’d like!
More Tasty Brussels Sprouts:
- 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts (preferably pre-trimmed)
- 6 slices thick bacon (more or less to taste)
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds (more or or less to taste)
- 1/3 cup coarsely grated Parmesan (more or or less to taste)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 2 T bacon grease from pan drippings (or replace with additional olive oil)
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
- 1 T Dijon mustard
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 1 T maple syrup (see notes)
- Trim brussels sprouts if needed and cut in half. (Or don’t cut in half; this year I was in a hurry and just used the food processor to slice the whole brussels sprouts, which kept them from getting shredded too finely.) Thinly slice brussels sprouts. (I used the slicing blade of my Cuisinart Food Processor to slice them, but you can also use a Mandoline Slicer or just a sharp knife.(Affiliate Lins))
- Put the shredded brussels sprouts into a salad bowl.
- Measure out the almonds, then toast the almonds in a dry pan over medium-high heat until they’re fragrant, about 2 minutes (but watch them carefully!)
- Slice bacon pieces into short, thick slices. Cook the bacon in a hot pan until it’s very crisp; then drain on paper towels and let cool. (I use a paper towel on top to press down on the bacon and absorb as much grease as possible.)
- Measure 2 tablespoons of bacon grease from the pan and put in a glass measuring cup, pouring out the rest of the bacon grease but not wiping out the pan. (If you prefer, use 2 more tablespoons olive oil instead of bacon grease.)
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, red wine vinegar, and maple syrup and whisk until well-combined.
- Put the dressing mixture into the same pan you cooked the bacon in and heat until it’s bubbling. Pour over the brussels sprouts and stir to combine, then gently stir in the chopped bacon, toasted almonds, and Parmesan.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
- Go ahead and toss in some dried cranberries if you’re making this for a holiday salad!
A few dried cranberries can be added to make this a holiday salad if you don’t mind the additional carbs.
Use Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (affiliate link) for the lowest-carb version of the salad. (Sugar-Free Maple Syrup has zero net carbs, so it was not included in nutritional information. I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
This recipe was inspired by this brussels sprouts salad from Rachel Ray.
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 223Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 481mgCarbohydrates: 8.5gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This salad is mostly raw Brussels Sprouts, which are about as nutritious as any salad ingredient you can use, and the bacon, almonds, and Parmesan should all be good ingredients for low-carb and Keto diet plans. If you want the lowest possible carbs, use sugar-free maple syrup in the dressing, and of course don’t add dried cranberries for the low-carb version. If you’re strictly following the original South Beach Diet you can make this salad more diet-friendly by switching the bacon grease for olive oil, using sugar-free maple syrup, and using turkey bacon.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2014, and I’ve made it pretty much every year since then. The photos were updated in 2017 and the recipe was updated with more information in 2021.
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