Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pistachios is a hearty, healthy, and incredibly delicious sauteed salad. This brussel sprouts salad makes a great side dish for family dinners.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pistachios
Remember that one time I married Apples and Avocados? Then they had a child, Salsa? Or how about that one time when I sauteed some Brussels Sprouts with Apples?! Eeeep! That was in.cred.ible!
But if you’re looking for a unique, wholesome side dish packed with flavor and nutrients, look no further! This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pistachios is so good and will make you rethink how you view Brussels sprouts.
This sauteed salad is a blend of hearty, healthy, and incredibly delicious ingredients that will complement any main course.
Serving this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pistachios at your family dinner is guaranteed to impress. It’s a dish that’s as nutritious as it is flavorful, making it a great choice for both health-conscious eaters and food lovers alike.
Need more shaved brussel sprouts recipes? Try my Shaved Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry With Cranberries!
How To Prepare Shaved Brussel Sprouts
- Trim the Ends: Using a sharp knife, trim off the tough ends of the Brussels sprouts.
- Remove Outer Leaves: Peel away and discard any discolored or damaged outer leaves.
- Shave the Brussels Sprouts: Cut each Brussels sprout in half lengthwise. Place the cut side down on your cutting board to stabilize it and thinly slice each half. Take your time and watch your fingers.
- Prepare the Salad: Now that you know how to prepare shaved Brussels sprouts, you’re ready to add them to your favorite dishes, including this salad! All there is to do is heat olive oil in a nonstick pan. Then, stir in the shaved brussel sprouts and sliced red onions, season with salt and pepper, and saute until tender. Stir in pistachios and lime juice with a bit of sugar, remove from heat, toss in some avocado chunks, and you’re done.
- Lastly, for an optional touch of sharpness and extra flavor, I recommend adding some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 🧀
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply preparing a meal for your family, this salad will add a gourmet touch to your dining experience.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is a versatile side dish that can pair well with various main courses, due to its unique blend of flavors and textures. Here are some options to consider:
- Grilled Chicken: Try this simple grilled blackened chicken, or for a festive twist, a roast turkey would also pair nicely.
- Fish: Particularly this grilled swordfish or my air fryer salmon.
- Steak: If you’re after a heartier meal, this oven grilled steak would pair well with the salad.
- Vegetarian Dishes: For a vegetarian or vegan meal, consider serving the salad with a hearty grain dish like quinoa or rice, a mulligatawny stew, or my roasted tomato tart.
Brussel Sprouts Salad Tips and Variations
- Brussels sprouts can be tough, so make sure to shave them as thinly as possible for the best texture in your salad.
- To avoid a soggy salad, serve it right after you dress it. This keeps the Brussels sprouts and pistachios crunchy. Also, to prevent the avocado from browning, add it to the salad just before serving. You could also toss the avocado pieces in a little bit of lemon or lime juice to slow down the oxidation process.
- To make the salad more filling, you could add some grilled chicken, tofu, or even chickpeas for a boost of protein.
- Although pistachios add a wonderful flavor and crunch, you could also try toasted walnuts, almonds, or pecans. For a sweet twist, consider adding some dried cranberries or fresh pomegranate seeds. They would provide a sweet counterpoint to the earthy Brussels sprouts.
- While this salad is delicious on its own, adding some cheese can give it an extra layer of flavor. Try some crumbled feta, blue cheese, or shaved Parmesan.
Remember, the key to a great salad is balance. Aim for a variety of flavors (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami) and textures (crunchy, creamy, chewy) to keep your salad interesting and satisfying.
This salad, though?!? Oh my goodness! It’s like the health-fairy came knocking on my door, and I welcomed her in. Then we made this salad together. Then we ate and ate and ate and were both happy and healthy.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pistachios
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound brussel sprouts, trimmed
- 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
- salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 1 whole lime, juiced
- 1 avocado, peeled and diced
- Heat the olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat.
- Cut the Brussels sprouts in half and slice them thinly; they should look shredded.
- Add the brussel sprouts and onion to the heated oil. Season with salt and pepper; saute for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender.
- Stir in the sugar, pistachios, and lime juice.
- Continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and gently mix in the diced avocado.
- Serve immediately.
- Brussels sprouts are tough, so shave them as thinly as possible.
- To avoid a soggy salad, serve it immediately. This keeps the Brussels sprouts and pistachios crunchy.
- To prevent the avocado from browning, toss it in a bit of lemon or lime juice to slow the oxidation process.
- To make the salad more filling, add some chicken, tofu, or chickpeas.
- Swap the pistachios with toasted walnuts, almonds, or pecans.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
7 comments on “Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad”
This has to go on the Father’s Day menu. Three of my hubby’s favorite foods in one dish!
Being a recent convert to Brussels sprouts, especially the shaved sprouts, I am so excited about this salad. Love ALL of the ingredients – lots of flavors and textures. Just added sprouts to the grocery list. Thanks Katerina!
Looks great Kate! I am sure it tastes even better. Gotta try it… I love avocados!
I love salads like this! Brussels and onion and avocado = perfection!
Gorgeous salad, this is just what I need for lunch!
A simple and lovely salad, Kate.
This salad is so beautiful, Katerina!! Pistachios are my favorite, and I love the sprouts + avocado!