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 delivers a light and fresh taste. The finger-licking dressing adds just enough tasty flavor to the salad to keep you coming back for more. 

This dish is compatible with the following diets: Paleo + MIND
Make this dish Vegan by substituting honey with maple syrup
Make this dish Whole 30 by omitting the honey

Free of gluten, grains, wheat, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, refined sugars, refined oils, and artificial flavors. 

Active Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour & 3 minutes
Makes 6 cups / 12 servings
1 serving is ½ cup of salad

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

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


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, create thin slices with the brussel sprouts.

2. Slice the onion in a similar thin size 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!


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