You are going to love this seasonal Shaved Brussels Sprouts Apple Salad with Miso Dressing. Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts are given a quick marinade in a light miso dressing and then combined with some fresh crispy apples and toasted pecans. A light and zesty salad that is the perfect accompaniment to some grilled salmon or tofu.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Apple Salad with Miso Dressing
Have you guys ever seen brussels sprouts on the stalk?
I had no idea they grew like that until recently, those things are impressive!!
So impressive that they even made my kids excited about eating their sprouts, which is just unheard of!
Best be taking advantage of that ASAP and make this delicious Shaved Brussels Sprouts Apple Salad.
How To Make A Brussels Sprouts Salad
I absolutely HATED sprouts as a kid, as I am sure most of us did.
I don't even know how my mum cooked them, but they always came out boiled to within an inch of their lives, and resembling a slimy mess, but we had to force every last one down before being allowed to leave the table (and we didn't even have a dog to sneak them to)!
Don't worry mum has come a long way since then and her veggies are delicious now (love ya mum!).
It wasn't until recently that I realized just how good these things are when grilled, lightly sautéed or enjoyed raw and thinly shaved with a zingy dressing.
Oh my gosh, yum!
TIP: to make the perfect shaved brussels sprouts for this salad use the grater attachment for a food processor. This way they are evenly shaved and perfect.
Don't have a food processor?
Simply use a super sharp knife and take your time to make sure the brussels sprouts are cut super fine.
Massage The Brussels Sprouts
Trust me, you want to spend a good minute or two massaging the dressing into the brussels sprouts.
It makes them 'relax' a little, so the final result is still crunchy, but a little bit more pliable and easier to eat.
Prepping Ahead Of Time and Storing Leftovers
This salad can mostly be prepared ahead of time:
- make up the dressing and store in a glass jar with a lid in the fridge until needed,
- the apples can be sliced and stored in the fridge as long as you toss them in the lemon juice first (please note, there still may be some discoloration, so if at all possible it is best to leave this step until just before serving)
- the brussels sprouts can be shaved and kept them stored in an airtight container until needed,
- when it is time to serve, simply massage the brussels sprouts and arrange the rest of the salad as per the recipe instructions below
As the shaved brussels sprouts are marinated in the dressing, they are likely to go limp after a while, and the apples are likely to become discolored, therefore this salad is best eaten when served.
A Note On Ingredients
Since we are enjoying the brussels sprouts in this salad raw, you want to make sure you are using super fresh sprouts.
White Shiro Miso
This can be found in the Asian section of most well-stocked supermarkets.
It can also be found fresh in the cold section of some health food stores or international supermarkets.
Grape Seed Oil
I use grapeseed oil in this salad as it has a very subtle flavour.
If you don't have any on hand, feel free to substitute some olive oil instead.
If you really want to send this brussels sprouts salad over the edge with flavour then I HIGHLY suggest using oven-roasted maple-glazed pecans instead of regular chopped pecans!
It will add about another 10 minutes to the process but is most definitely worth it when it comes to the end result.
Looking for more interesting salad recipes to help fill your belly with the best the season has to offer? Check these out:
- Radish, Pea and Quinoa Shaved Asparagus Salad
- Toasted Sesame and Miso Noodle Salad
- Greek Salad In A Jar
- Zesty Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad
- Warm Winter Vegetable Salad
How do you like your brussels?
I just love to hear from you so be sure to leave a comment and share all your delicious ideas with us! And if you try out our Miso Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad let me know how you go!
Miso Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad
- ½ cup white shiro miso
- ¼ cup warm water
- 2 tablespoon grape seed oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 large sweet apples (I used honeycrisp) (about 1lb)
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 lb brussels sprouts
- 4 spring onions, white and light green part only, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoon chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds (optional)
- In a mixing jar combine the miso, water, grape seed oil, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and sesame oil. Whisk until smooth and set aside until needed
- Core the apples and slice into thin wedges, toss with the lemon juice and set aside.
- Using the slicing blade attachment of a food processor, shred the brussels sprouts. You can slice thinly by hand if you don't have this attachment.
- Pop the shredded sprouts into a large bowl. Add about ⅓ cup of the miso dressing and give the sprouts a good massage (trust me, this makes them much more tender and delicious).
- Add in the spring onions and give it a good mix.
- To serve pop the brussels sprouts mixture into a bowl, top with the sliced apples, a drizzle of the remaining dressing and some black sesame seeds. Enjoy
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post has been updated from the original Jan 2018 post to include more information for readers.
Amy Nash says
I almost always roast my brussels sprouts - I just love how they caramelize. But shaving them and then that miso dressing has me thinking it needs to be my next approach with the bag that's in my fridge right now!
I have awful memories of mushy Brussels sprouts... I need to try this version! It looks so light and delicious!
Ugh right!! Mushy sprouts are the worst, and the only way my mum seemed to make them back in the day 🙂
Sooo, I'm the crazy person who loved Brussels sprouts as a kid. Hahaha. They're one of my favorite vegetables, but I've actually never had them with miso. It must be such a perfect pairing. What a great salad to bring some brightness to the winter months. Will definitely be making this soon!
Haha, my son will join you on that crazy person list (he makes me buy them every time he sees them at the farmers market!) I on the other hand didn't develop sprout love until I was well into my twenties 🙂 Hope you love it!!
Oh, I also just recently found out how brussels sprouts grew on the stalk and it made me laugh so hard. Isn't it just a funny looking vegetable?
The idea of adding a miso glaze sounds so delicious. I can almost taste it and I bet it makes the salad seem a lot more filling that it actually is making it ideal for light dinners. Miso is just such a magical ingredient!
So weird looking!! Miso is the best, we use it in so many different dishes, just adds that perfect flavor.