With all of the most delicious flavors of fall, this sautéed Harvest Brussels Sprouts Salad with bacon and cranberries recipe is wonderful! It’s made with fresh and dried fruits, nuts and served with tender cooked quinoa. It’s a lovely main dish or the perfect holiday side dish!
I even got my grandpa to try this salad
Brussel Sprouts! Yeah, they sometimes get a bad rep. My grandpa hated them. And I mean he seriously hated them! But years ago, the first time I made this brussels sprouts salad, he flat out refused to try it (I wasn’t offended).
But after hearing everyone else in the family rave about it all night, and because he looooooved me so much (can you blame him?), and after just a little prodding, he agreed. And you know what? He loved it!
I’ve been making this Brussels Sprouts Salad with bacon and cranberries… ever since.
on its own as a side dish for ages, and it’s always a hit, especially at holiday gatherings. In fact, it’s a Thanksgiving tradition in my family! When you mix the sautéed brussels sprouts with some fruit for sweetness and nuts and seeds for crunch, it turns into an absolutely delicious dish.
If you don’t like brussels sprouts…
If you’ve tried brussels sprouts before and you haven’t enjoyed them, I think I know why. It’s because it’s really easy to overcook them, and when you overcook brussels sprouts, they get bitter.
And to be frank, overcooked brussels sprouts get a little stinky.
That said, when properly cooked, they come alive! Personally, I think they’re best when lightly sautéed or roasted, cooked just enough to brighten the flavor and soften them a bit.
And did you know Brussels sprouts are very nutritious?
They’ve got tons of vitamins & fiber!
I like to serve the Brussels Sprouts with quinoa for a complete meal (like I did here). I’ve also served this salad with salmon or grilled chicken, too.
I just LOVE recipes I can customize or repurpose into something new. Don’t you? In any case, you’ve GOT to try this one.
The Brussels sprouts salad itself is totally Whole30 and Paleo compliant, if you don’t serve it with quinoa.
Check out some of the other mouth-watering salad recipes on my blog:
- Broccoli and Bacon Salad (Whole30)
- Curry Chicken Salad with Carrots (Whole30, Low Carb)
- Harvest Spinach Salad with Rosemary Grilled Chicken (Whole30)
- Zucchini Caprese Salad (Low Carb)
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts & Quinoa Salad
A delicious and easy meal, made with perfectly sautéed Brussels sprouts, bacon, apples, and served over with quinoa.
Brussels Sprouts Salad
- 2 cups shredded brussels sprouts
- 1/2 lb crumbled nitrate free bacon cooked
- 1 tbsp ghee or butter
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds or substitute pecans, almonds or walnuts
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1 apple diced
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp flax seed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
Make the Quinoa
Rinse and cook the quinoa according to package directions.
Once cooked, fluff the quinoa with a fork and set it aside.
Cook the Bacon
Cook the bacon to your preferred crispiness in a skillet. Set it aside until you're ready to serve the salad. Do not drain the bacon grease.
Brussels Sprouts Salad
While the quinoa cooks, remove the stems from brussels sprouts and thinly slice with a knife or shred with a mandolin. *Time saving tip: Buy a bag of pre-shredded sprouts
In the same skillet that you cooked in the bacon in, heat the ghee or butter over medium heat. Stir in the shredded brussels sprouts.
Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, or until they just turn a a brighter & darker shade of green. *Be careful not to overcook them – brussels sprouts get bitter if you do.
Remove from heat and stir in cranberries, nuts, flax seeds, and apple. In a bowl, combine with quinoa and serve.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve in bowls with the quinoa.