Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries and Bacon Salad


Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries and Bacon Salad

Brussels Sprouts Cranberries and Bacon Salad
Brussels Sprouts Cranberries and Bacon Salad

"Just give this Brussels sprouts, cranberries and bacon salad a try, make it for somebody that absolutely hates the cute little innocent and so good for us sprouts – maybe choose to not even tell them initially all the ingredients, they will definitely love it. This is such a full of flavours salad with a subtle tangy slightly sweet taste, Brussels sprouts mixed with cranberries, bacon or pancetta, seeds and onion finished with pouring over a delicious vinaigrette. A full blast!"

NotesTo shred the Brussels sprouts you can use a manual shredder, a food processor or simply a knife to just chop them into thin little round slices. Doing them by knife it’s a little bit more tricky and fiddly but I have done them quite few times like this. I just couldn’t be bothered to get the food processor out?. I know! I shouldn’t even reveal this, should I but don’t we all have our laid-back moments?


Preparation Time20 min


  • For the salad:500 g Brussels sprouts
  • 180 g bacon smoked and crisped up
  • 100 g cranberries dry
  • 90 g pumpkin and sunflower seeds toasted or raw
  • 2 small red onions
  • For the sauce /vinaigrette120 ml creamy yoghurt or creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp salad cream
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 -2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup


  1. Wash and clean of any yellow/rough looking leaves (if any) the Brussels sprouts.

  2. Shred or chop them nicely and place all in a larger bowl.

  3. Fry the bacon till nice and crispy (pancetta works really well too). I sometimes use ready made crispy bacon from the supermarket.

  4. Chop the onions, bacon and add to the shredded Brussels sprouts, along with the pumpkin and sunflower seeds as well as the dry cranberries.

  5. Make the vinaigrette or sauce however you want to call it, by mixing well all the vinaigrette ingredients in a separate little bowl.

  6. Pour the vinaigrette/sauce over the dry ingredients in the bigger bowl, season well with tiny little salt n’ pepper (remember the bacon is also pretty salty) and mix until all ingredients are well coated with the vinaigrette.

  7. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over and serve on the same day or keep overnight - it will taste even better the next day!

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