Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Pecans & Blue Cheese

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How is Thanksgiving next week? I looked at the calendar yesterday and was shocked. I thought I had another week to get ready. I need to get my act together. It’s game time!

We aren’t doing anything big for Thanksgiving since we don’t have family close by, but we are going to celebrate with good food. We are making a small feast to share with friends. I don’t have the entire menu set yet, I know, I need to get on that. Hey, I thought I had another week. I do know I am making Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Pecans & Blue Cheese. This side dish is so easy and is a great addition to any Thanksgiving table. 

If you usually turn up your nose when you hear the word BRUSSELS SPROUTS, hang with me on this one. The Brussels sprouts are not cooked, so they don’t have a strong flavor, but FYI cooked Brussels sprouts are good too, you have to try my favorite roasted Brussels sprouts. But anyways, for this recipe,  fresh Brussels sprouts are chopped and mixed in with dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and blue cheese. All of those goodies get drizzled with a simple apple cider dijon mustard dressing.

I love the crunch from the Brussels sprouts and pecans. The dried cranberries add a hint of sweetness while the blue cheese adds the perfect amount of creaminess. All of the flavors work together to create an amazing  side dish…or main dish. Sometimes I eat this and only this for dinner. It is so good all by itself! I will share on Thanksgiving day though:)

Looking for an easy side dish to add to your Thanksgiving table? Make Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Pecans & Blue Cheese.

Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Pecans & Blue Cheese

Chopped brussels sprouts with dried cranberries, toasted pecans, blue cheese and a simple apple cider dijon dressing.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cinder vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese


  1. 1. Rinse brussels sprouts and remove any damaged or dirty outer leaves. Place on a cutting board and slice off the hard root end. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the brussels sprouts. When you're done, use your fingers to gently separate the leaves so that the shredded sprouts resemble a very fine slaw. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. 2. To toast the pecans, place a medium frying pan on the stove top. Turn on medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add a single layer of pecans. Stir frequently with a spatula until they start looking darker and you can smell the toasted nuts. Remove from heat and spread out on a plate to cool to room temperature. Make sure you watch the pecans closely, they can burn pretty quickly and they will keep cooking after removing them from the pan.
  3. 3. While the pecans are cooling, make the dressing. In a small jar, add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Put a lid on the jar and shake until mixed well.
  4. 4. Add the toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and blue cheese to the chopped brussels sprouts. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until all of the ingredients are well coated. Serve immediately.
  5. Note-you can also use a mandoline or food processor to chop the brussels sprouts.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. oh my gosh- brussels are my most favorite vegetable! I can eat them any way! This salad looks amazing. I am totally with you- I thought there was another week before thanksgiving- yikes!

  2. This is such a pretty salad, and it’d be perfect for Christmas too, with its red and green!

    I’m a fiend for roasted or sauteed Brussels, but I’ve yet to try raw Brussels sprouts. I’m assuming they taste similar to raw cabbage?

  3. I have never tried brussels sprouts but I’ve been wondering about them lately. I don’t like dijon mustard or mustardy dressings. What other type of dressing flavor would work well with these flavors? Balsamic vinaigrette or something like a raspberry or other fruity vinaigrette? What do you think?

  4. I’m not waiting for Thanksgiving to make this! 🙂 I tried a shredded brussels sprouts salad last year and loved it (I think it had a similar dressing but with walnuts and manchego), but had totally forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder! Definitely making this soon! Love the blue cheese, pecans and cranberry combo!

  5. This salad sounds like a dream!! Crunchy, salty, sweet and nutty! I just bought all the ingredients and will be making it this weekend, as a test run for Thanksgiving.
    I usually serve a nice green salad with all the other goodies, but unfortunately doesn’t get much action on THE day.
    However when you throw in some leftover turkey- it comes in handy in the next couple days as a lighter meal option.

  6. this looks so awesome!!! Can the salad be pre-made? If yes, do I dress it beforehand or only prior to serving? How long will it keep in the fridge? Thanks!:)

  7. This year flew. The holidays are right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about all those great meals and desserts. The holidays are great for enjoying family, friends and yummy foods. I really try to make healthy low calorie meals and snacks that are also delicious. It can be done. This recipe is perfect. I will definitely put it on my list of dishes.

  8. made this today!! I found cranberry goat cheese crumbles and used that instead of blue cheese it was AWESOME!!!
    Thank you so much!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  9. THANK YOU for this recipe. I made it yesterday and WOW – it was absolutely DELICIOUS!! I haven’t been able to stop telling people about it – have shared it with MANY friends and co-workers. Yummy!!

  10. Our granddaughter found this recipe a few weeks ago and has already made it several times…with rave reviews. I’m making it tonight for a side dish to my favorite garlic breaded chicken breasts. I’m also looking over your potato recipes for something to accompany this great Sunday night dinner.  Thanks for your great recipes! Will be making your red pepper spaghetti squash tomorrow!!     PS…Love Salt Lake City!!

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