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Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with bacon and edamame in a bowl

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A light Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad infused with crispy bacon, edamame, and a surprise sweet fruit that compliments the dish perfectly. Packed with nutrients – its the ultimate side dish this holiday season!

Since I’ve been working out I have really paying attention to my protein, carb, and fat intake. After all I want to make sure I can gain “true” muscle and one way to do that is optimize your diet. As I’ve been doing that I realized I am NOT eating enough protein during the day.

As in … about 1/8 of what I should be eating. I think sometimes we just get caught up in the numbers and calories of what we’re eating during the day and aren’t giving our bodies the nutrients it needs. We essentially starve our self of good food and honestly it hurts our bodies and our metabolism. So … eat .. but eat in moderation!

Collage of whole brussel sprouts and Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad ingredients

Ok, off my soap box.

Back to protein. I am aiming to have between 50-55 grams of protein per day, its on the higher end but I’m active. (if you’re sedentary you should be around 46 grams for a woman or 56 for a male) All that to say.. 55 grams is a lot of protein to have in one day! And for me, compared to the old way I use to eat it’s a lot and at times hard to find ways to find healthy forms of protein. Honestly I don’t feel like eating turkey all day to get my protein count… yuck!

Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad ingredients in a mixing bowl

Soybeans or Edamame are a great way to get that extra protein boost with 11 grams in just a 1/2 cup. Plus it’s loaded with fiber, which you kinda need to balance out all the protein. Throw them in a salad like I did here or cover them in seasoning and roast them for a mid day snack.

Today I decided to focus on ways that we can add protein in a healthy way to our fall menus. I KNOW you are going to fall in love this Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad!

Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad in bowls

Have you ever had a Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad before? If not you’re in for a treat! It’s incredible! In fact a lot of restaurant are putting it on their menus. Now, let’s talk facts a little bit. Even though it saves “shaved” you don’t really shave the brussels sprouts, they are actually very thinly sliced. The best way I have found to do this is but them in half. Place the brussel sprouts on the cutting board flat side down and then slice them paper thin from the tip to the stem. Don’t ask me why they call it shaved, just go with it! Mkay? 🙂

The way it happens isn’t important, well maybe a little, but what really matters is that it tastes delicious! Everything tastes better when it’s chopped into really small pieces, that way you get a little bit of each ingredient in each bite! (that’s another one of my secret tricks, small uniform dices make a world of difference in the finished product)

A bowl of Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

The nutrients in this incredible Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad are like a secret agent working behind the scenes that you never knew was there. You feel kinda sneaky when you serve it because it’s so good, but people will have no idea how good it is for them. Muuahhahahaha (evil laugh)

This salad is perfect for the fall and a great way to get a healthy side dish on table for the holidays. I know it will be a hit your family will fall in love with!

If you make it during the holidays I’d love for you to snap a pic and tag #joyfulhealthyeats on instagram, who knows you might get featured on my page! Wohoo!

Bon Appetite my friend and Happy Friday!

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Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad-7

Autumn Kale & Brussel Sprout Salad

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes, Salad, Gluten Free, Holiday, Kid Friendly, Easy Dinner Recipes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


An easy fall-inspired salad that’s packed with flavor and nutrients!


  • 12 oz. bag brussels sprouts, halved and then thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced baby kale
  • 1 cup edamame (soybeans)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 slices of bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Heat a medium size skillet to medium high heat. Add the bacon to the pan and saute for 4-6 minutes until the bacon gets nice and crispy.
  2. Remove the bacon and let sit on a paper towel lined plate to soak up some of the grease. Set aside.
  3. To make the dressing: in a small bowl add the champagne vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, raw honey, salt, and pepper to taste. Whisk together. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl add the shaved (thinly sliced) brussels sprouts, baby kale, edamame, dried cherries, chopped pecans, and bacon.
  5. Add the dressing and toss to combine everything. Serve!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 176
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 124 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Cholesterol: 3 mg

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27 comments on “Autumn Kale & Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad”

  1. Krista – Love all your salads! This one was a hit over the holidays when we hosted my hubbie’s work group. Paired well with a bbq brisket and scalloped potatoes. Thanks!

    1. Oh thank you so much Trish! So glad to hear it was a hit, totally makes my day! And yum on the brisket and scalloped potatoes! That is definitely a perfect pairing!

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    Michelle | A Latte Food

    This salad looks gorgeous! I’ve never tried a brussel sprout salad before, but it looks amazing!

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    Justine | Cooking and Beer

    I think shaved brussels sprouts are my favorite way to eat brussels sprouts. This sounds like it needs to go on that Thanksgiving dinner table! Pinned!

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    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

    LOVE these colors and LOVE that pour shot!!! 🙂 Looks insanely good girl!

  5. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Just got some Brussel sprouts and love edamame and have fresh kale from the garden. Thanks!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I am suuuper guilty when I’m dieting of just not eating, instead of only eating healthy, nutritious foods. I need to get better at that! Although, it would be easy to do with a salad as pretty as this! So beautiful girly!

    1. Right! It’s so easy to do. We think no food equals weight loss!!! Sooo not the case it totally jacks up our metabolism!

      Pumped you like the salad, pretty sure baby would love it! 🙂 hehe

  7. This is a beautiful dish! I love brussels sprouts and edamame!!! This will be at my Thanksgiving table.
    Thank you for your creativity and expertise!
    The Soyfoods Council

    1. Wow! Thank you so much Linda! So glad to hear I hit the nail on the head with this one! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    I love shaved brussels sprouts! It’s such a perfectly crisp and crunchy texture in a salad! I might have to give this one a try 🙂

    1. They are the best in salads, it’s a great and fun way to eat brussels sprouts! I know you’ll love this version Liz!