Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad in a Lemony Dijon Dressing

This simple salad is our go to Fall and Winter Green Salad! Shaved Brussels Sprouts, thinly sliced kale and pecorino all tossed in a Lemony Dijon Dressing, it is savory, tangy, crunchy and addictively delicious.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad in a Lemony Dijon Dressing

The Fall green salad dreams are made of!

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Words can not describe how much everyone loves this Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad!

And I mean it’s a REALLY GOOD Salad!

It’s savory, tangy, crunchy and addictively delicious.

And it’s all you need when you’re looking for a go to salad this Fall!

The details…

shaved Brussels spouts

thinly sliced kale

a touch of pecorino cheese (skip for a dairy free version or add more for a creamier version)

toasted almonds

tart dried cherries (or cranberries)

all tossed the tangy Lemony Dijon Dressing.

shaved brussels sprout and Kale salad lemony dijon vinaigrette #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes

And it couldn’t be easier to make!

It’s just 5 main ingredients –

kale (I’ve made with both Lacinato or Tuscan/Curly Kale — my preference and with curly kale)

shaved brussel sprouts (you can purchase them shaved or slice thinly yourself)

dried  tart cherries or cranberries

pecorino cheese

sliced almonds

plus an amazing, but simple Lemony Dijon dressing.

shaved brussels sprout and Kale salad lemony dijon vinaigrette #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes

Because the kale is sliced thin and mixed with the tangy dressing, it’s not bitter at all.

And because the kale is thin and the brussels shaved, people love this salad even if  they say “they’re not a kale or brussels sprouts person”.

And we love this dressing! It is bright and  fresh and light!

It’s made with

lots of fresh lemon juice

Dijon mustard

minced shallots

fresh garlic

salt/ pepper

EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

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The key to the dressing is to mix it together and then let the lemon juice, shallots, garlic and dijon mustard sit while you slice the kale and Brussels sprouts, then whisk in the olive oil at the last minute.  This allows the flavors and blend and makes for the most delicious dressing!

Toss with the greens and this is such a great side salad!

It’s a delicious alternative to romaine and other greens, whether you’re looking to switch it up or just want something a little heartier for Fall.

Sometimes I even serve it without the almonds or dried fruit for an even simpler, but flavorful side salad.

shaved brussels sprout and Kale salad lemony dijon vinaigrette #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes

And it works equally well on its own, as a simple side with anything from pizza to a grilled protein or at a holiday table.

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Shave Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad in a Lemony Dijon Dressing

This fresh and hearty salad is a perfect side salad. Savory, Tangy, Crunchy and addictively delicious. It's loved by all, even those who don't consider themselves kale or Brussels Sprouts fans! Works equally well on pizza night or on a holiday table.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Salad, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan optional
Keyword: massaged kale salad, shaved brussels sprouts salad, shaved brussels and kale salad, lemony dijon vinaigrette, hearty fall greens salat, winter greens salad
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family



  • 1 bunch of Tuscan Kale center stem discarded, sliced thin (about 4 cups) (I have made it with both Tuscan and Curly Kale but usually use Tuscan)
  • 4 cups shaved or thinly sliced brussels sprouts
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup tart dried cherries or cranberries Optional
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup finely grated pecorino according to tastes Optional

Dressing (makes approximately 3/4 cup dressing, store any extra in fridge)

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 small minced garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 cup - 1/3 cup olive oil I switch it up depending on my mood and what else we're serving, but like it best with 1/4 cup olive oil because I like the tanginess of the dressing. Add more olive oil to make it less lemony or tangy



  • Combine lemon juice, dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Whisk to combine and let sit for flavors to combine while you prep the kale and brussels sprouts.
  • Whisk olive oil into the lemon-mustard mixture.
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste.


  • Add to the salad as is, or toast them for extra flavor. To toast them, place a small skillet on the stove on medium high heat. Add almonds and stir frequently until just starting to turn golden brown in a few places, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.


  • Combine Kale and Brussels Sprouts in a large bowl. Add cheese and toss to combine. Pour 1/2 the dressing and toss to combine. Add remaining dressing as desired. Add cherries and almonds, reserving a few of each for garnish, and toss to combine. Garnish with additional almonds and cherries.

TIP: if using for meal prep for the week, you can prepare ahead, keeping dressing separate and dress at the last minute. Although it tastes great day two as well as the dressing absorbs into the salad.

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    4 thoughts on “Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad in a Lemony Dijon Dressing

    1. Absolutely loved this! I made it today, the lemony dijon dressing is perfectly tangy and goes very well with everything, I did not have dried cherries, I substituted with dried figs which was perfect. This recipe is a must!

    2. HI,

      This salad looks so good! Are the Brussels sprouts cooked at all? or they are just thinly sliced raw ?

      thanks so much,


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