Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa and Apple Salad with Sweet Orange Vinaigrette

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa and Apple Salad is the perfect winter salad!! It’s marinated with a divine sweet orange vinaigrette and is so filling and comforting!

Pouring vinaigrette being poured on a shaved brussels sprouts, quinoa and apple salad in a bowl. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a delicious winter salad. I’m talking the kind that is still healthy and nutritious, but equally filling an absolutely comforting. I wanted to solve this for me and for you, because who says salads are just for spring and summer?! This winter salad is loaded with so many divine fall and winter flavours that are combined into one glorious dish. Let me tell you – I never thought that I would eat Brussels sprouts raw until this salad. Also? The Mr. DEVOURED this. Husband approved – check.Overhead shot of shaved brussels sprouts, quinoa and apple salad in a bowl and on a plate.

Ever since I made my Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Onions and Apples dish, we’ve loved Brussels sprouts over here. They are so good sautéed, and roasted, and now I know, even raw. I’ve been craving Brussels sprouts for a while and I wanted to try something new. After seeing all of these shaved and shredded Brussels sprouts bags in Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, I decided that a salad would be a great idea. I did mine by hand, but feel free to get that helping hand.

I’m happy to say, this salad worked out perfectly and was so divine. This salad has:



Brussels Sprouts


Dried Cranberries

A sweet orange vinaigrette that I want to put on every thing from now on.


Top down view of shaved sprouts, cranberries, nuts and quinoa in a brown bowl.

Since the shaved Brussels Sprouts remind me of my kale cabbage slaw, I treated it like a slaw. Raw unrefined sugar and apple cider vinegar add a beautiful and pleasant brine, so I sweetened that up with the orange juice and my usual vinaigrette ingredients. I would recommend making it at least an hour ahead of time so that the vinaigrette marinates the salad perfectly.

On top of that of course, the other ingredients provided a sweet & tangy flavour combination that was filled with lots of complementary textures. Not only is this an easy and filling salad, but it’s also a powerhouse flavour-wise. We ate this for five days straight! My husband devoured it and I ate it straight out of the Tupperware with a fork. I’m pretty that is a testimony.

P.S. It would go great as a slaw with veggie burgers and cauliflower tacos! This lasts for days, and great as a salad for the Christmas dinner table. Enjoy, friends!


Overhead view of quinoa and apple salad on a long plate.

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa and Apple Salad is the perfect winter salad!! It's marinated with a divine sweet orange vinaigrette and is so filling and comforting! via
Pouring vinaigrette onto a salad in a brown bowl.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa and Apple Salad with Maple Orange Vinaigrette

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa and Apple Salad is the perfect winter salad!! It’s marinated with a divine sweet orange vinaigrette and is so filling and comforting!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salads
Cuisine American

Sweet Orange Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ tablespoon orange zest optional
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon raw cane sugar or coconut sugar

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • 16 oz brussels sprouts, shaved 453.5g (about 6-7 cups)
  • 1 Gala apple cored and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • cup dried cranberries
  • cup chopped walnuts toasted if preferred
  • salt & pepper to taste don't skip this!!


Sweet Orange Vinaigrette

  • Add all the ingredients to a mason jar or any jar fitted with a top. Shake vigorously until combined thoroughly. Set aside until ready to use. Feel free to double the dressing if desired.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • To prepare the Brussels sprouts, wash thoroughly and dry. Remove the shrivelled outer leaves (if any) and cut the tough ends off of the Brussels sprouts. Using a mandoline, or a food processor fitted with a shredded top, shred the Brussels sprouts. Use a mandoline glove to protect your hands!
  • Pour half the salad dressing onto the Brussels sprouts and mix to combine. Let it sit on the salad while you prepare the other ingredients (about 5 minutes, or 8 minutes if toasting the walnuts).
  • Add all the other ingredients to the salad. Season with salt and Pepper (this really pulls out the flavours) and add the rest of the vinaigrette. Toss to combine.
  • You can eat it immediately, but I highly recommend waiting at least 30 minutes while the salad marinates in the fridge. It tastes even better after a day in the fridge! Enjoy!


Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 834mg | Potassium: 1276mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 1810IU | Vitamin C: 212mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 5mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. Versatile and delicious! I love brussels sprouts, but they don’t like me that much…but this is so pretty that I want to dig in too, Jessica.

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi Robin,

    Sorry about that! It’s tablespoons! I hope you enjoy so much!!

  3. Laura says:

    This looks delicious! How many does it serve?

  4. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    Love this salad. I didn’t have everything on hand, so I used pecans instead of walnuts and pomegranate seeds instead of cranberries. I also roasted the brussel sprouts, because I actually got this recipe confused with another but decided to just push forward. I am going to make it again this week. Thank you so much for this.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Michelle thank you so much! We really appreciate that you tried the recipe. I hope it turns out just as great for you next week.

  5. Karen says:

    5 stars
    Delish! A hit for the whole family. I roasted the sprouts with the dressing and added in the quinoa and walnuts in the hot pan.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Karen! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

  6. Sharon says:

    I really liked this salad and it was so hearty/ filling. My husband isn’t a big fan of raw Brussel sprouts, even when coated in yummy dressing. I subbed pecans for the walnuts . . . and next time, I’m going to try roasting the Brussel sprouts before adding them to the salad.

  7. Kelly Klevitsky says:

    5 stars
    This was a new twist on brussels sprout salad for me. I wouldn’t have thought to put those ingredients together, but it worked and was a bright easy meal prep lunch for a few days. I enjoyed the texture that the dried fruit and crunch added. I added sunflower seeds since I was out of walnuts.

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