This easy Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad is simply delicious and tastes great with almost any main course. 
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad in gray bowl with rust colored dish towel in background

The Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad:

This salad consists of thinly shaved Brussels sprouts, salty parmesan cheese and sweet chopped dates. So lovely, but we don’t stop there, we drizzle that goodness with a fabulous white balsamic vinaigrette and finish with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. The balance of flavors in this salad is really something.

How to Shave Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan:

If you have a food processor, you can simply cut off the ends of the Brussels sprouts and run through the processor, in about 60 seconds your work is done. If you don’t have a processor, no worries! A good quality knife works great too. Just cut off the ends of sprouts, then cut them in half and slice thinly. To shave the parmesan I use a potato peeler, then roughly chop with my knife.


Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad topped with Parmesan cheese in a grey bowl

Let’s Talk Dressing:

This pretty little salad is tossed in a simple white balsamic vinaigrette. It’s ‘barely there’ but makes all the difference by ramping up the flavor of each ingredient. I will offer my two favorite white balsamic vinegars, you can choose which best fits your budget. My first pick is always Prelibato White Balsamic vinegar from Italy. You may get lucky and find it in a store, but I almost always have to buy online. Second choice, O California White Balsamic. (<—Amazon link) I find this one in many stores and it’s a little easier on the wallet. 

A bottle of White Balsamic Vinegar to be used in Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad


What to Serve it With:

This salad is amazing served with just about any protein. Serve alongside my Filet Mignon, Grilled Chicken, or Grilled Salmon

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad with Shaved Parmesan in grey bowl on cement table

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The Recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad

What you need: a food processor or good quality knife for slicing Brussels sprouts.


Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Date Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A simple salad that tastes great with almost any protein

Course: Salad, Salad Dressing, Side Dish, vegetable side dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brussels sprouts, easy side dish recipe, gluten free salad
Servings: 6 servings
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels Sprouts
  • 6-8 fresh pitted dates, chopped (I use medjool)
  • 2 oz shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons good quality white balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut off the ends of Brussels sprouts and run through processor using the slicing blade. If using a knife, cut off ends, then cut in half and thinly slice. Place in a large bowl

  2. Chop dates, shave parmesan and roughly chop, add to bowl and toss

  3. Whisk together olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, sea salt and pepper to taste. Dress salad to liking and toss again. Add more sea salt or pepper if needed. That's it!




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