This Thanksgiving Salad is the Perfect Healhy Side Dish

Apple blue cheese Brussels sprout salad
Try apple blue cheese Brussels sprout salad this Thanksgiving.

Looking for a healthy Thanksgiving side dish? This salad is a fresh way to enjoy Brussels sprouts with tangy blue cheese, cranberries, pecans and a maple vinaigrette.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6-8


  • 6 cups shredded brussels sprouts, ~1 3/4 lbs
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. Place shredded brussels sprouts, apple, onion, pecans and dried cranberries in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Place dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake vigorously to combine. Alternately, you can whisk it together in a bowl but I really love the mason jar technique.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and toss well to combine. You will have to toss quite a bit to get it evenly distributed.
  4. Top with blue cheese.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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