Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

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Have you ever eaten raw Brussels sprouts before? Just like in my Winter Kale Salad recipe, massaging thinly-shaved sprouts with olive oil and salt yields a softer and more digestible green. By not cooking them, you get to reap the benefits of all of that folate contained within (cooking degrades the folate in vegetables, which is why it is good to mix things up and eat them raw if you can!). I’ve added some early spring veggies like radishes and fennel to give this salad a fresh kick.

To me, the thing that makes for a delightful salad is texture — having just the right size and shape of everything. One of my favorite salad-making tools is a mandoline slicer. It is the best way to get paper-thin radish, onion, and fennel slices here — just make sure to use it safely with cut-resistant gloves or a safety holder on the end. If not, a super sharp knife and a little patience will do!

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, ends removed, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch radishes, ends removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, end removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 mandarin oranges (tangerines or clementines work well), chopped
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  1. Place the sprouts in the bottom of a large bowl and add the oil and salt. Using your bare hands, massage the mixture for about five minutes, or until the toughest fibers begin to break down.
  2. Add the onion, radishes, fennel, and oranges to the bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Add the lemon juice, zest, vinegar, and ginger powder to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add the to salad and toss to combine.


About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • kara says

    this is wonderful! made it exactly as is. love it. very pretty too.

  • kara louise says

    Paired this recipe with chicken thighs and it was a huge hit! Delish!

  • Melanie Goodman says

    Whole family loved it! Great recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  • Denise says

    Hi there, I love brussel sprouts, but I have Hashimoto’s and have read that cruciferous veggies should only be eaten cooked. Does massaging the leaves break something down and make them AIP acceptable? I am brand new–just discovering AIP and hoping to transition my family. Thank you, in advance!

  • Stella Lyn Norris says

    I am head over heels for everything you do – been transitioning to AIP and so thankful for all of your incredible recipes. Question about this one: which other kind of vinegar might I sub for the champagne vinegar? That one sounds delicious but I don’t have any. Thanks so much!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Stella! You can try some white wine vinegar instead of champagne, if you have it!

  • vida says

    At last, a yummy option for brussels sprouts! Thank you

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