Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe with Pomegranate

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate: A Raw, Colorful Delight

For the longest time, Brussels sprouts were the middle school nerds of vegetables. While they went through a bit of an awkward stage, subjected for years to steam-cooking and boiling, they’ve really come into their own lately. Roasted to bring out their caramelized flavor, Brussels sprouts have become one of America’s favorite vegetables, but they’re just as delicious when served raw, as in this raw Brussels sprouts salad recipe.

Shaving Brussels sprouts gives them the perfect slightly crisp texture, and their light sweetness pairs divinely with the sweet-and-sour burst of pomegranate seeds and the slight bite of raw shallot. A simple vinaigrette is all you need to make this Brussels sprouts salad recipe sing.

This salad is also packed full of important nutrients. A member of the brassica family, Brussels sprouts are full of  glucosinolates, important phytonutrients that have been attributed with Brussels sprouts’ anti-carcinogenic properties (and also with giving them their slightly pungent flavor). Brussels sprouts are also chock full of vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate. Add antioxidant-rich superfood pomegranate to the mix, and this Brussels sprouts salad recipe definitely takes the cake for health benefits.

While this salad is delicious all year long, it’s a particularly fantastic way to get a seasonal, healthful salad on your winter table. The bright colors of raw Brussels sprouts and pomegranate add a vivaciousness to your plate that you won’t find with many other salads.

The salad is definitely flavorful enough to stand alone, but it’s also tasty when topped with goat cheese or even your favorite baked falafel recipe, for even more flavor and a touch more protein. The vinaigrette can also be sweetened up with a bit of pomegranate molasses for even more flavor.

A Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate

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Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe with Pomegranate

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Ingredients

20 minutes
4
200
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Prep
10 minutes
Cook
10 minutes
Ready in
20 minutes
  1. Halve the Brussels sprouts lengthwise, then shred them. This can be done with a sharp knife, a mandoline, or a food processor. Place the shredded Brussels sprouts in a bowl.
  2. Thinly slice the shallot and separate the rings. Add to the bowl of Brussels sprouts, season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar, and toss to combine. Marinate for about 10 minutes, then toss again.
  3. Just before serving, top with the pomegranate arils.

Nutrition information

Calories per serving: 200
Fat per serving: 14.4g
Saturated fat per serving: 2.1g
Carbs per serving: 17.8g
Protein per serving: 4.3g
Fiber per serving: 4.5g
Sugar per serving: 7.8g
Sodium per serving: 30mg
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
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A Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate

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Emily Monaco
Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.