Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad

5 from 4 votes

An alternative to classic Caesar salad, this easy vegetarian Brussel Sprout Salad is tossed in a Caesar dressing and topped with crispy homemade croutons!

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Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad is a modern twist on classic caesar salad made with shaved Brussel sprouts instead of romaine lettuce. It’s still topped with crunchy salty home croutons along with shaved parmesan cheese and an easy homemade dressing. It’s a fun variation you can make if you want to skip the lettuce!

 Brussels Sprout Saladin a white bowl

Brussel Sprout Salad is popular salad during the fall and winter months when leafy greens are not very much in season. I’ve made a Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad thats simple and versatile, and now this Caesar Salad inspired salad. And if you’re looking for warmer Brussel sprout recipe, you have to check out my Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts and my Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts.

Ingredients to the recipe:

  • 1 pound bag of fresh brussel sprouts
  • Crusty day-old bread like sourdough or french baguette
  • Parmesan cheese – in the spirit of this caesar inspired salad
  • A few pantry items for the Caesar dressing: olive oil, mayo, dijon mustard, Worcester sauce and garlic
ingredients for Brussels Sprout Salad

How to make brussel sprout salad

Make the dressing

Throw all the dressing ingredients in small food processor or blender and give it a whirl! It has such a bomb flavor with the pungent garlic, the creamy vegan mayo and the tangy Dijon mustard. I love using my Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender for making dressings. It’s quick and easy and gets me the perfect consistency, without any chunks of garlic leftover.

blender with dressing inside

Make the croutons

As much as I love that Caesar dressing for this Brussel sprout salad, I think the homemade croutons are really what make it special. I think they’re the best homemade croutons ever, and I make them all the time for my soups and salads. I have never bought croutons for my house because it’s so easy to make your own, and the flavor is way better!

You can bake the croutons or fry them. The fried ones taste better because they absorb all that rich olive oil into the bread! The croutons get nice and crunchy on the outside but stay chewy on the inside. They truly make the salad stand out! And be sure to check out my oven-baked method for how to make croutons.

croutons cooking in a frying pan

Assemble the Brussel sprout salad

To prepare the Brussel sprouts, trim the ends, cut them in half lengthwise and then thinly slice with a sharp knife. It’s a little tedious, but oddly therapeutic. You can also find buy shaved brussel sprouts and save yourself the food chopping therapy or grab my tips for shredding brussel sprouts with a knife.

So you have the thinly sliced Brussel sprouts, the dressing the croutons, along with some good aged parmesan cheese. Now it’s just about assembling it all together and devouring it!

Closes up shot of the brussel sprout salad

This is one of my favorite salads ever!

  • Light and delicate brussel sprout
  • Crunchy croutons
  • Tangy dressing
  • and sharp Parmesan cheese to pull it all together.
  • Add some chicken to make it an entree salad, or just enjoy it as is!
Two small plates of the brussel sprout salad with forks next to the plate and fresh parmesan cheese

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Brussel Sprout Salad

An alternative to classic Caesar salad, this easy vegetarian Brussel Sprout Salad is tossed in a Caesar dressing and topped with crispy homemade croutons!
5 from 4 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Salads
Calories 505
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound fresh brussel sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Caesar dressing see below
  • 6-8 slices sourdough bread or other crusty bread
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Caesar dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup avocado mayonnaise dairy-free
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcester sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Instructions

  • To prepare the brussel sprouts, you can use a mandolin to thinly slice them, or you can cut them in half lengthwise and then hold by stem end and cut very thin slices. Toss with your hands or tongs in a bowl to separate the leaves.
  • To make the salad dressing, whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until well incorporated. I also like to use my mini blender which blends the garlic well.
  • To make the croutons, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the cubed bread, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder, and fry in the pan until golden brown and crunchy. Set aside.
  • To assemble the salad, divide brussel sprout into bowls, top with dressing, croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge, even with the dressing coated on the salad.
Any leftover dressing on its own will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Make Ahead Tips: You can slice the brussel sprouts up to 3 days in advance and they will still hold their crunch and color. You can also make the salad dressing in advance
Equipment: I love using my Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender for making dressings. It’s quick and easy and gets me the perfect consistency, without any chunks of garlic leftover.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 505kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 539mg, Potassium: 375mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 570IU, Vitamin C: 64.6mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 3.6mg

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Two small plates of the brussel sprout salad with forks next to the plate and fresh parmesan cheese

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  1. Thanks for making my dinner last night so successful. My friends loved the salad so much that they insisted that I share with them my secret: feelgoodfoodie! Can’t thank you enough!

  2. Delicate & light Brussels sprout, crunchy croutons and tangy dressing: A good variety for salad. Thanks for all your salad recipes