Raised in the Kitchen cookbook giveaway graphic

Raised in the Kitchen is available now!

Our Family’s Christmas Favorites! 🎄

Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate Salad

Brussels sprouts salad – full of candied hazelnuts, crunchy bacon, pops of tart pomegranate seeds, and manchego cheese all coated in the most delicious mustard vinaigrette. SO good!

Ok, remember how I told you all about my favorite salad recipe? Well the dressing is based off of this Brussels Sprouts Salad, one of the best recipes of all time for an easy salad side dish recipe

Do not panic over the name. In the past Brussels Sprouts….ok wait, pause…

Do you say brussels sprouts or brussel sprouts? I feel like brussel sprouts rolls off the tongue a little better. I’ve heard both. Of course, I consulted the Google. It seems like both are correct and acceptable, but why would there be two correct ways to say it? I’ll use both in this post, but I’m curious what you call them! Leave a comment below!

pomegranate brussels sprout salad in a white serving dish. There are nuts, pomegranate, and brussels sprouts in the salad.

 

Ok, where was I? Oh yes….in the past brussel sprouts were famous for being one of the worst vegetables of all time, but that’s all due to old time shows and movies that spoke of steamed or boiled- which does sound awful. But this salad is a little crunchy, light, flavorful and really easy to make it your own. 

We originally found out about the bacon pomegranate salad from Half Baked Harvest from all of our readers who kept emailing that not only did we need to try the recipe, but we also should make our own version and share it. 

They were right. Like always. 

So here we are!

A serving bowl filled with pomegranate brussels sprout salad. You can see the candied nuts and the red pomegranate pieces. There are also bits of bacon mixed in with the brussels sprouts.

 

Ingredients Needed for Brussels Sprouts Salad

There are several different components to this recipe, and I’ll walk you through each of them as well as possible substitutes. For now, this is your grocery list:

Nuts

  • Hazelnuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts or macadamia nuts are delicious too)
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon

Salad

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Manchego (Parmesan or Asiago works as substitutes)
  • Pomegranate Arils (craisins, oranges, pears, figs or apples are yummy too)
  • Bacon (pancetta is also delicious)
  • Orange Zest

Dressing

  • Bacon Grease
  • Shallots
  • Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Apple Butter
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Thyme (fresh)
  • Orange Zest
  • Salt
  • Pepper

The measurements for each can be found in the recipe card below.

A picture of someone tossing a pomegranate and brussels sprout salad. There are bits of bacon, candied nuts, and pomegranate in the brussels sprouts.

 

How to Make Brussels Sprouts Salad

I like to start by candying the hazelnuts so they have time to cool. So we will start there and then make the dressing. Then we will combine everything for the salad. Here are the basic steps for each component:

Nuts

  1. Toast the nuts in a saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients for the nuts and stir until coated. Remove the nuts to parchment paper to cool.

Dressing

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Save 1 tablespoon of the grease and discard the rest. Remove the bacon to a paper towel. Chop into the bits when cool.
  2. Saute the shallots in the same skillet.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients for the dressing and whisk until smooth.

Salad

  1. Combine all the components of the salad in a large bowl.
  2. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  3. Top with the bacon bits.
Detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card below.
 

What do Brussels Sprouts Taste Like?

Brussels sprouts are in the same family as broccoli, cabbage and kale. They taste similar to broccoli but can have a little more bitterness to them.

How to Cut Brussels Sprouts?

Brussels sprouts have a hard stem on one end that needs to be removed. Cut that end off and then slice the brussel sprout in half. Remove any browning or tough outer leaves. Sometimes brussels sprouts can be dirty, so feel free to rinse them off at this point. Give them a good shake to dry them off.

Since we are shredding them, lay them flat side down on a cutting board and then chop each sprout. You can buy shredded brussels sprouts at the store, but I haven’t been able to find them for a while, so I usually end up shredding my own.

 

Additional Ideas

You don’t have to stick to the recipe, try making it your own based on what’s in season. Like I mentioned above, these all would be great to throw into the salad:

  • Figs
  • Craisins
  • Pancetta
  • Pistachios
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Walnuts
  • Oranges

I would love to hear what combination you love the most!

What are Pomegranate Arils?

Pomegranate arils are the clear red seed pod in the pomegranate. They are tart and give you a nice pop of juice and flavor.

What to Substitute for Hazelnuts?

The best substitutes for hazelnuts are cashews, macadamia nuts or almonds.

What to Substitute for Manchego Cheese?

Manchego cheese is a sharp, hard cheese. A different sharp, hard cheese like parmesan, romano, asiago, or a sharp English cheddar would make good substitutes.

A dish of pomegranate brussels sprout salad with a fork on the plate. Another serving of salad is in the background. The salad has brussels sprouts, bacon bits, pomegranate, and candied nuts.

 

How to Make Brussels Sprouts Salad Ahead of Time

This salad is great for making ahead of time. Shred the brussel sprouts, candy the hazelnuts, cook the bacon and make the dressing ahead of time, but store them all separately. Combine all the components just before serving.

How to Store Brussel Sprouts Salad

Store the leftover brussel sprouts salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftovers will keep for 3-4 days.

 

 

Now go back to the beginning of the post and count how many times I used brussels and brussel. Which one wins? Never mind, that’s waste of time! Make this brussels sprouts salad instead! I’m so unbelievably obsessed with it!

More Salad Recipes You Must Try:

Raised in the Kitchen - Carrian Cheney
Launched!

Our new book is now available!

This unique cookbook guides the way through every step, including meal lists and easy-to-follow recipes, and features dollops of heartwarming family stories.

Buy now

A serving bowl of brussel sprout and pomegranate salad. The green brussel sprouts are topped with bacon, pomegranate and roasted nuts.

Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate Salad

No ratings yet
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Nuts

  • 1/2 Cup Hazelnuts roughly chopped or chopped pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Salad

  • 1 Pound Bacon chopped
  • 6 Cups Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 1/2 Cups Manchego Cheese *see notes
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pomegranate Arils
  • 1/2 Orange Zested

Dressing

  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil Virgin
  • 1 Shallots diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard Stone ground
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme leaves fresh
  • 1/2 Orange Zested
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

For The Nuts

  • In a pan over medium heat, toast the nuts until golden, about 3 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and stir until coated. Remove to parchment paper.

For the Dressing

  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, then drain all but 1 tablespoon of grease and place the bacon on a paper towel.
  • Add the olive oil to the same skillet used to cook the bacon over high heat. When the oil is shimmering add the shallots, cooking until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the apple cider vinegar, apple butter, mustard, thyme, and orange zest. Season with salt, pepper.

Make the Salad

  • In a large salad bowl, combine the shredded brussels sprouts, remaining orange zest, cheese, hazelnuts, and pomegranate arils
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, tossing to combine. 
  • Top the salad with bacon and toss again.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Notes

note: parmesan cheese works as well
 
Store left overs in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 753 Calories from Fat 567
% Daily Value*
Fat 63g97%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 746mg32%
Potassium 734mg21%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1015IU20%
Vitamin C 93mg113%
Calcium 381mg38%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE TO our FREE Oh Sweet Basil NEWSLETTER AND RECEIVE EASY RECIPES DELIVERED INTO YOUR INBOX EVERY DAY!

When you try a recipe, please use the hashtag #ohsweetbasil on INSTAGRAM for a chance to be featured in our stories!  FOLLOW OH, SWEET BASIL ON FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER FOR ALL OF OUR LATEST CONTENT, RECIPES AND STORIES.

a photo of a large serving bowl full of shredded brussels sprouts salad topped with mandarin oranges, and manchego cheese.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Oh, Sweet Basil on Instagram

Want more of our family, recipes, and all our shenanigans?

Check us out on Instagram and be sure to tag us @ohsweetbasil #ohsweetbasil for a chance to be featured!

Our Family’s Christmas Favorites! 🎄

About the authors

carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

Leave a comment

Recipe Rating




2 comments

  • How do you shred the Brussels sprouts? Are the Brussels sprouts raw?

    • Reply
    • Hi Lisa! Yes, the brussels sprouts are raw and you can actually buy them pre-shredded in the produce section. Look by the bagged salads and shredded carrots, cabbage, etc. If you want to shredded them yourself, there are options. You can finely chop them with a good sharp knife, use a mandoline, or use a food processor with the shredder attachment.

      • Reply

Our Family’s Christmas Favorites! 🎄