Citrus-Bacon Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Brussels sprouts: Love ’em or hate ’em, there is no in-between. At least, that’s how it seems. Every time I mention them, I’m met with cries of disgust. And yet they’re one of the most nutritious vegetables out there. Isn’t that always how it goes? The better something is for you, the less appetizing it is.

Well, after many years of force-feeding myself Brussels sprouts (and having to eat my husband’s servings, too, because he wouldn’t touch them), I’ve mastered all the ways to make them palatable to my household. Trick number one? Always include bacon. Everything is more appealing with bacon in it.

Trick number two is to add tart – not bitter – flavors like lemon, cranberries, or orange that will draw some of the attention away from the flavor of Brussels sprouts. (Trick number three is to go in the opposite direction and include sweets like honey, raisins, or maple syrup, but that’s not the direction I went in this recipe.) This is one of just a couple of Brussels sprouts recipes that have become staples for me and which I actually look forward to eating. I hope you enjoy it, too!

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Citrus-Bacon Brussels Sprouts Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine, then serve.


About Christina Feindel

Christina Feindel came to the AIP after she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, Celiac, and Interstitial Cystitis in her early twenties after more than a decade of declining health. As her degenerative and debilitating symptoms began disappearing, Christina began sharing recipes and experiences at A Clean Plate and is now the author of several healthy e-books. Christina believes that good, healthy food should be accessible and appealing to anyone on any budget, with any amount of time, and with the bare minimum of ingredients. She also believes that any illness can be improved or even eliminated by starting with a clean plate. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.


  • Cherielynn says

    What is this diet? It does not say? Thank you

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Cherielynn,
      Click through the navigation bar up top to “articles” and you will find lots of info about the Autoimmune Protocol!

  • I love Brussels sprouts! I will definitely have to try this recipe! Thank you!

  • Sandi Borgmeyer says

    Sounds delicious. I have brussel sprouts waiting and ready for this wonderful recipe!
    thank you!

  • Sylvia Parmley says

    do you reconstitute these cranberries first. I noticed on the amazon site they are quite dry.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      You can soak them in a little bit of hot water to reconstitute!

  • Adam H. says

    I started on the AIP diet about 3 weeks ago and I have had psoriasis about 6 months now and it has perpetually become worse. I’m 34 and have been doing a lot of research and much information says people with psoriasis should avoid any bacon even if it is completely AIP. Also, citrus fruits have been brought up many times. I’m starting to become confused what I should be consuming as my psoriasis hasn’t become any better. Many of the recipes on the site have citrus or bacon in it. Thanks

  • Donna Eissler says

    What kind of bacon is acceptable on this diet?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Donna! You want to look for bacon that is gluten-free and doesn’t have preservatives or any other non-compliant ingredients (like nightshades or seed spices). You need to read labels carefully, but there are some good products out there!

  • Jen says

    This looks so yummy! Are the Brussels sprouts raw?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      If a recipe indicates that an ingredient needs to be cooked, it will show up in the ingredients list (like the bacon is here) or in the instructions.

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