Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing

Serve a plate of Brussels sprouts salad with apples, carrots & poppy seed dressingI’m overdue for a hearty salad recipe on the blog, so today I bring you a tasty Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing. This is a robust salad with a wonderful combo of flavors, crunch, and a creamy vegan dressing.

I have a friend who a lot of people would call a picky eater. I hate being labeled based on what I eat, so I prefer to think of my friend as simply knowing what she likes and what she doesn’t like. Who am I kidding – she’s picky (but we love her)!

Salad wih Brussels sprouts and poppy seed dressing

Brussels sprouts came up the other night when we were out to dinner (we talk about other interesting things, I swear), and as I expected, she crinkled her nose at their mention. “Brussels sprouts are mushy and stinky!” she declared. I tried to lay it on that they really aren’t, but she wouldn’t hear of it.

If anything could change my friend’s mind about this small and leafy green veggie, it would be this Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing (or maybe these Savory Waffles with Ham, Cheddar, and Brussels Sprouts). The Brussels sprouts are shaved thin, and there is no need to cook them. Add that to the mix of snappy carrots, crisp apples, and salted, crunchy pistachios, and mushy is nowhere to be found!

Getting ready to put together a tasty saladTo get the Brussels sprouts nice and thin, I used a food processor fitted with the shredder attachment. Wash them and peel off the first one or two leaves from each, then cut off the tough bottom part before shredding them. To keep the chopped apples from turning brown while I completed my prep, I drizzled a bit of lemon juice over them.

Grab a fork for Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing

The sweet-and-slightly tangy vegan poppy seed dressing is a bit creamy, and it pulls all the flavors together really well. Bonus: it’s a cinch to make. This recipe for Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing is a big salad that’s perfect for a group. Like, enough to serve to friends who might need their minds changed about Brussels sprouts!

Recipe for Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing
Serves 6


Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned and shredded
  • 2 whole carrots, shredded
  • 1-1/2 large, crisp red apples, skin on, diced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice to sprinkle and toss over the diced apples
  •  3 ounces shelled and salted pistachios
  • 1/3  cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine the Brussels sprouts, carrots, apples, and pistachios in a large bowl and toss.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  4. Serve the salad in individual bowls with the dressing served on the side.
 

Serves 6

Combine the Brussels sprouts, carrots, apples, and pistachios in a large bowl and toss. Add all the remaining ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve the salad in individual bowls with the dressing served on the side.   Serves 6

15 Responses to “Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing”

  1. This sounds really good! Just add a little bit of thick sliced bacon pieces!

  2. Delicious! I have not been able to get enough sprouts this year! I am obsessed! I love that you shredded them in the food processor. I just chop them and it takes ages!

    • Patricia says:

      Hi Annie – thanks! I know, I get like that too. I think Brussels sprouts & sweet potatoes were my obsession this year!

  3. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says:

    what a beautiful recipe! you are actually making me want to eat a salad

  4. Looks great. I keep saying I need to make a brussel sprout salad. Now I know where to go to find a recipe.

  5. christine says:

    This looks great. I’ve been in such a salad rut, running out of ideas. I’m adding this to my list to try! I love the sprouts!

  6. I love Brussels sprouts salads! They’re so much more healthier than regular coleslaws and yours is so pretty!

  7. Patricia, I often use poppy seeds in desserts but haven’t used them in homemade salad dressing. It’s a great idea. I love the combination of vegetables, fruit and nuts too.

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