Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan & Lemon

I tried to eat pretty “clean” last week, after all of our traveling and Labor Day festivities. As as a result, I stocked the fridge with tons of vegetables. I made quite a few batches of kale chips & zucchini pasta but yesterday I realized the Brussels sprouts were sitting in the crisper drawer, untouched. I wasn’t sure how long they would keep (apparently at least a week!) so I decided to use them up. I thought about roasting them, but since the weather has still been pretty warm, a cool salad sounded much more refreshing. While it did take a little while to “shave” them, you save some time in the end, since you’re eating them raw. So it sort of all works out.

Alex wasn’t exactly jumping with excitement when I told him what we were having for dinner (I know, a salad made of Brussels sprouts isn’t quite like saying we’re having lasagna) but once he tasted it, he was on board.

shaved brussels sprout salad

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan & Lemon
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 2
  • 1 pound of Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seed kernels
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Using a sharp knife, cut the ends off of each Brussels sprout. Discard the ends and the very outer peel.
  2. Using a mandoline slicer (or a sharp knife) cut into very thin slices. Basically, as thin as you can manage.
  3. In a small dish, combine the olive oil and juice from the lemon. (It should be about 2 tbsp of lemon juice.)
  4. Toss the shaved B-sprouts with the olive oil and lemon juice.
  5. Shred the parmesan cheese overtop with a microplane or very fine cheese grater. (Grated parmesan would be fine, but freshly grated tastes so much better!)
  6. Sprinkle with sunflower seed kernels, salt & pepper.

brussels sprouts salad

I love that this is a crunchy salad (no wilted greens here!) and real parmesan cheese is what makes this dish so good!

We ate this light dinner and then munched on a little popcorn at the Byrd Theater while we watched Maleficent. We hadn’t been to the movies in quite awhile so it was fun to see something on a big screen! I’m usually more of a couch-and-Netflix person, but the movie was good and you just can’t beat movie popcorn!

Now since I still have a pound of brussels sprouts in the fridge, tell me…

What’s your favorite way to eat brussels sprouts?


  1. I’ve never actually tried shaved sprouts before, but I can see how great they would be like this.

  2. That’s such a good idea! I could probably get my kids to taste them if I did that. I love brussels sprouts but my kids won’t even try them.

  3. this looks so good! I love any kind of brussel sprout meal! We’ve been making this as shaved brussel sprouts, with sausage (not vegetarian), spinach, maybe extra tomatoes, add some pecans and golden raisins and of course butter!

  4. This looks SO good! My first experience with the sprouts were not a good one, but this makes me want to give them a second chance! 🙂

  5. I’ve never been a big brussels sprouts person, but this actually looks pretty darn good.

    You going to the Byrd brings back memories of going to see all the midnight movies with my friends when I was in high school 🙂

  6. love love brussel sprouts, but don’t love how restaurants tend to soak them in butter and herbs until they taste like something else entirely. this salad looks like the perfect way to make them – good mix of flavors while still keeping the brussel sprouts, well, brussel sprouts 🙂

  7. I used to hate brussel sprouts as a kid because my mom always bought them frozen and then boiled them. Yuck! But now I love them because I buy them fresh. They look amazing in this salad! All of the textures and flavors sound perfect together.

  8. Ok so this sounds great! I think I’ll be making it today. I love them roasted, but Gabby’s G Free has a salad with grapefruit dressing that is SO GOOD!

  9. This looks and sounds amazing. I am a huge fan of brussels sprouts and will just snack on them. My husband thinks I am weird, but I love them.

  10. This looks awesome! I love Brussels sprouts with Parmesan. Or with bacon haha.

  11. I used to eat roasted brussels sprouts for like a year! Then I sort of just..stopped. Now I eat them once in a while, I LOVE roasting them, but if I’m really feeling wild I’ll roast them with potatoes and rosemary. YUM!

    • Haha I do that with a lot of foods as well! I get in a “food groove” for a long time and then just move onto the next thing!

  12. This sounds/looks so great Liz! I love brussels sprouts but don’t make them as often as I should. I prefer them roasted with some type of seasoning but I think this would be a great way to enjoy them! 🙂

  13. That sounds delicious! I have a new found love of brussels sprouts lately!

  14. You know I’ve only had brussel sprouts a handful of times but I wish to try this – anything with Parmesan has my heart, lol. Thanks for sharing and have a great one Liz! -Iva

  15. i love this salad, lately i have been getting shredded broccoli and carrots from trader joes. i will be trying it together soon

  16. 90% of the time I roast them. Sometimes I use them instead of pasta though with a red sauce and meatballs.

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  18. i have never really shaved brussel sprouts like that. just the chips. But i gotta try your version with lemon!

  19. I have been wanting to try shaved brussels sprouts! This looks so fresh and yummy!

  20. Dear Liz, This salad looks delightful! My husband grew up eating (or not eating!) boiled lifeless and dead brussel sprouts when he was growing up. So he is consequently somewhat opposed to brussel sprouts now. But I think this recipe will change his mind. xo


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