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Fall Apple Brussel Sprouts Salad

An easy fall apple brussels sprout salad that is gluten-free. Filled with apples, shaved brussels spourts, bacon, apple cider vinaigrette, and MORE!
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Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 463kcal
Author: Megan


  • 1.5 - 2 lbs. brussel sprouts (shaved)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 2 medium apples (diced (about 2 cups))
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3-4 pieces thick cut bacon (cooked and diced)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles (optional - I did not include)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1-2 tbsp honey (to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  • Add quinoa and water/stock to a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 15-20 minutes until quinoa is fluffy and water is evaporated.
  • In the meantime, cook the bacon in a skillet or in the oven. Dice and set aside.
  • To make the salad dressing, add apple cider vinegar, oil, honey, garlic, lemon juice and salt to a jar and close with a lid (mason jars work great for this). Shake the jar vigorously until everything is combined. Taste and adjust sweetness level based on your preferences. You can also do this in a bowl with a whisk or in a food processor and stream in the oil.
  • To assemble, combine shaved brussels sprouts and cabbage to a large bowl. Toss in diced bacon, dried cranberries, quinoa, pecans, and apples.
  • Drizzle with apple cider vinaigrette.


I did not add cheese to my salad to keep it dairy-free but it would make this salad just over the top good if you did!


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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