Crunchy Holiday Salad

This salad is overflowing with flavorful, healthy goodness! The sweet and salty combo paired with the crunch from the apples, pinenuts, and onion is sure to be a crown pleaser. It's the perfect side dish next to your typical, heavy holiday dishes since it deliver a light and fresh taste. The dressing adds just enough zing to the salad to keep you coming back for more. 


1 lb. brussel sprouts
¾ cup pine nuts
1 apple, cored and diced
1 cup dried cranberries
½ small red onion
Optional: ½ (12 oz.) package uncured bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper


1. Cut off the ends of the brussel spouts. Using a knife or slicer, thinly slice each brussel sprout.

2. Thinly slice the onion in a similar manner as the sprouts.

3. Place the pine nuts on a small skillet over low to medium heat. Toast, stirring often, until pine nuts are fragrant and light brown, about 2-3 minutes. Once toasted, pour into a large mixing bowl.

4. To the bowl, add the shaved sprouts, diced apple, cranberries, crumbled bacon (if used), and sliced onion. Stir to combined.

5. Add all dressing ingredients to a separate mixing bowl and whisk well. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.

6. Place salad in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 12 servings
1 serving is ½ cup of salad

Macros for 1 serving (with bacon)
196 calories, 3.2g protein, 18.1g carbs, 12.3g fat, 12.9g sugar, 3g fiber

Macros for 1 serving (without bacon)
179 calories, 1.9g protein, 18.1g carbs, 11.1g fat, 12.9g sugar, 3g fiber


  1. I want to eat this now! Thanks for this recipe!