Pistachio Brussels Sprout Salad


Most people do not really care for brussels sprouts.  I’m probably one of the rare exceptions who actually loves brussels sprouts.  Growing up my mom would saute them with butter until they turned golden brown.  They were absolutely delicious but not very healthy once the butter was added.

I got the idea for using the brussels sprout leaves as lettuce in a salad a few years ago watching some cooking show on TV.  The idea really stuck because I have been making salads this way ever since.


Today I’m going to share one of my favorite brussel sprout recipes.  I have been eating this Pistachio Brussels Sprout Salad for about a year.  The ingredients are so simple, yet pack a big bang flavor wise.


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Pistachio Brussels Sprout Salad
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Serves: 1

  • 7 large brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

  1. Cut the stem off of each brussels sprout and gently remove all the leaves.
  2. Over medium heat, add one tablespoon of grapeseed oil and diced onion to a hot skillet. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add brussels sprouts, lemon juice, and remaining tablespoon of grapeseed oil and saute for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and top with pistachios and shredded parmesan cheese.


Only saute the leaves for a few minutes so they remain crisp and fresh.  Wilted leaves are icky.  FYI, this recipe does not make good leftovers.  I know from experience.


The pistachios parmesan cheese add a saltiness to the salad while the lemon makes the salad light and refreshing.

Questions of the day:

What vegetable did you hate as a kid but love now?

How do you enjoy eating brussels sprouts?

9 thoughts on “Pistachio Brussels Sprout Salad

  1. Guess what…I love brussel sprouts too!!! When I was a kid I hated them, but I quickly grew out of that. My favorite way to eat them is roasted in the oven with a little EVOO, salt and pepper. Have you ever tried them this way before?

    This salad recipes sounds delicious and would be a perfect light lunch!

    • I have not roasted them before! Normally I just saute them in a pan with salt, pepper, and EVOO. I’ll have to try that!

  2. I love brussels sprouts. I actually never ate them as a kid because my mom hates them, so I discovered them as an adult, which probably kept me from despising them. I’m lazy and usually just by the steam-in-bag ones. I’ve never thought of using them in a salad; I have to try this!

  3. This looks yummy! My brother makes great grilled brussel sprouts. I think more people like them than you think!

    I used to be less adventurous vegetable wise, but I have grown to love all types of veggies, especially egg plant and okra..I eat them often!

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