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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hazelnuts and Bacon

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hazelnuts and Bacon

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hazelnuts and Bacon


Most of us think about brussels sprouts as fall and winter food, but here in California the season is extended. I was at the farmers market the other day and came across perfectly fresh, bright green brussels sprouts on a stalk and couldn’t resist to buy them. They were so fresh, so instead of cooking them I decided to make a raw, shredded salad with hazelnuts, bacon and lemon vinaigrette. Simple, healthy and delicious! If you have a mandoline, now is the time to break it out, but watch your fingers! If you don’t own a mandoline, don’t worry, just use a sharp knife and slice the sprouts as thinly as possible. Toss crunchy shaved brussels sprouts with toasted hazelnuts and light lemon vinaigrette and top with crumbled bacon. Enjoy this easy salad for lunch or as a side dish for dinner.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hazelnuts and Bacon

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hazelnuts and Bacon


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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hazelnuts and Bacon

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar (to balance the acidity or adjust to your taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts (~ 4 cups shredded brussels sprouts), freshest you can find
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, lightly toasted and chopped
  • 3-4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled or chopped


  • Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Shave the brussels sprouts by gripping the stem end with your fingers and using a mandoline to slice from the top, as thinly as possible, until the sprout is too short to safely slice. Be very careful! If you don’t have a mandoline, use a sharp knife and slice the sprouts as thinly as possible.
  • Place shaved sprouts in a large mixing bowl and loosen them with your fingers a little bit.
  • Toss the brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, bacon, and dressing together. Serve immediately or within a few hours.

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    April 14, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Utterly beautiful Olga! Love the combination of flavors!

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    April 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I love how brussels sprouts are available even in the off season in our area too! I live in Seattle and seems like I can always find them fresh, firm and bright green. I keep thinking I need to try them shaved but now that I see your recipe with bacon, hazelnuts & a light lemon vinaigrette, I must.

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      April 14, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks! Hope you give it a try:) it’s very simple but delicious salad!

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    April 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

    So many of my favorite things in one bowl. Love!

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    April 14, 2015 at 11:35 am

    This looks AMAZING!! I would eat the whole bowl myself! 🙂 I need to make them in the fall when fresh brussels sprouts resurface here. Love it.

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      April 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Josette! It’s exactly what I did, I ate the whole bowl:)

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    April 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I am a bit sad that Brussels sprouts season is over here, this looks delicious. We both love Brussels sprouts here, so I bet this salad would be a great success! Next fall……

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      April 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Darya! Hope you will try this one in the fall:) thanks for stopping by! Olga x

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    April 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Gorgeous Olga and delicious. You are the Queen of amazing salads.

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    April 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I could so go with a huge bowl of this right now. Brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable 99% of the time. Nice post Olga 🙂

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      April 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Jess! We eat a lot of brussels sprouts at home.. I don’t understand why some people don’t like them. I think they taste great!

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    Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
    April 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I love Brussels sprouts, and I think they are even better shredded, so I’m sure this salad tastes amazing!

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      April 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

      I think so too! I think it taste better shredded, crunchy and refreshing!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    April 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Brussels sprouts and bacon is such a delicious combination. I never have tried hazelnuts with it before though and definitely must do so – this salad looks delicious!

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    Feast Wisely
    April 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Wow – I love brussel sprouts and what a great idea to serve them raw!

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    April 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I LOVE brussels sprout dishes, and I really miss the fresh produce in California. This salad looks divine! Bacon, brussels sprouts, and hazelnuts sound like the perfect combo!

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      April 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you so much Connie! Yes, I think the ingredients worked very well together:) thanks for stopping by!

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    April 16, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I like that! Will try it out soon!

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    Dana Fashina
    April 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This is such a great idea, this salad.
    And the bacon bits…now that’s how you get people to eat their vegetables 🙂
    Making this soon, bookmarking it now.

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      April 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks! You are absolutely right:) it taste better with a little bit of bacon😉

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    Julie is Hostess At Heart
    April 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I would love a dish of this! My hubby (thinks) doesn’t like Brussels sprouts so I’ll make it all for me.

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    Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook
    April 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I need to have myself a nice salad like this- it looks delicious, your pic is GREAT!!! I’m dying to make my way out to CA someday!!!!!! 🙂

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    April 17, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    What a fantastic recipe, Olga. I have always wanted to try raw brussels sprouts, and now I have your recipe to thank 🙂

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    April 20, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I am always attracted to the beauty of brussels sprouts in the store; however, turned off by the smell of them during cooking. Because of this I always seem to veer away, but this salad is absolutely stunning and makes me want to give uncooked brussels sprouts a chance.

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      April 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

      I actually prefer raw brussels sprouts but they have to be very fresh. To me they taste like cabbage:) thanks Lynn for stopping by!

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    April 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    This salad is calling to me! Thanks for posting.

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