We set out to make a fantastic salad with shredded brussels sprouts as the base and ended up testing three different ways to shred sprouts. This salad was fun to create; the inspiration rooted in a healthy Waldorf Salad. This barely takes 10 minutes to whip up, including making a vinaigrette from scratch. The sweetness of the grapes cuts the slightly bitter flavor of the sprouts, and the pecans and celery add lovely crunch.
The Best Way to Shred Brussels Sprouts
I’ve seen a lot brussels sprouts salads popping up lately but not a lot of explanation on how best to shred the brussels sprouts. Below is what happens when you use a mandolin, knife, and box shredder respectively. I thought the mandolin worked the best, just watch your fingers!
Now onto that delicious salad featured at the top of the page. This salad was SO good, it was featured on the home page of Shape.com. (We were pretty excited)
Brussels Sprouts Salad
- 2 cups of brussels sprouts, shredded
- 10 pecan halves
- 6 to 10 grapes
- 1 – 2 stalks celery
- 1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 fresh basil leaf
First, chop off the bottoms of the brussels sprouts and shred, placing them on a plate. (See below for shredding options) Then thinly slice the grapes and celery and disperse over the sprouts. Add the pecans. Combine the vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl and whisk to blend, add fresh basil. Pour on salad and serve.
The vinegar I used for the vinaigrette is white balsamic vinegar. The only place I’ve ever seen it is Trader Joe’s and it’s got a light sweetness to it that goes well with these greens. As with all the vinaigrettes, you can use just about anything but keep the ratio to 1 part vinegar / 3 parts oil. I think an avocado oil would be fantastic here as well.
A traditional Waldorf Salad is a very heavy affair with apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Sounds a bit gross doesn’t it? The maitre d’hotel, Oscar Tschirky, created the dish in 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. I ate a version with raisins and walnuts that my Mom often made.
By the way, I’ve been playing with Pinterest lately. If you like any of these pictures, feel free to pin them! Here’s a combo one below: