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Brussels Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

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Brussels Sprout Slaw is an easy salad and a great alternative to traditional slaw. This is also a slaw without mayonnaise, making it, in my opinion, a little more refreshing. 

I’ll be the first to admit that, for many years, Brussels sprouts were not my favorite vegetable. As with most vegetables that I didn’t appreciate, I think uninspired presentations and a good dose of overcooking are to blame. 

Over the years, however, my husband and I have become Brussels sprouts converts. Possibly stumbling upon and then perfecting our own recipe, that features bacon alongside the sprout, was a turning point for us.

Since then we have decided to try our hand at making a slaw recipe featuring Brussels sprouts. To our surprise, the sprouts have a sweet flavor when served raw. They also offer a lot of texture and crunch, making them an excellent choice when making a slaw.

We decided to add in some of our favorite ingredients, crispy bacon, and tangy blue cheese, to create our slaw. Many traditional coleslaw recipes feature mayonnaise.

This version omits the mayo and uses a tangy vinaigrette dressing instead. The flavors are bright and bold, making it a perfect side dish for barbecued or slow-roasted meats. 

Brussels sprouts with Bacon and Blue Cheese are also good enough as a stand-alone salad. Tuck into a bowl and enjoy!

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Yield: 4 Cups

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Brussels Sprout Slaw without Mayonnaise

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese - A perfect tangy slaw tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and topped with crispy bacon and blue cheese crumbles.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Balsamic Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons (25 g) White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup (118 ml) Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon (2.3 g) Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons (10 ml) Fresh Lemon Juice

Brussels Sprout Slaw Ingredients

  • 3 Pieces of Thick Sliced Smoked Bacon
  • 1 Pound (.45 kg) Brussels sprouts (about 24 depending on size)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions
  • 1.5 Ounces (50g) Blue Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup (62.5g) Diced Walnuts, Almond Slivers or Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)(optional)
  • 1 small bunch Cilantro or Parsley, chopped (optional)


Vinaigrette Dressing Instructions

Finely dice the garlic and add it to a deep bowl to be used to whisk the dressing.

Add the mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Whisk together.

Slowly add the oil while continuing to mix the dressing.

Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Brussels Sprout Slaw Instructions

Add the bacon to a frying pan over medium heat and cook on both sides until crisp.

When cool enough, roughly chop the bacon and set it aside.

Wash the sprouts and remove the outer leaves if brown.

With a sharp knife, remove the stems and slice the sprouts in half. Then slice the sprouts into thin sections, giving them an extra chop to break them up into smaller chunks.

Place the sprouts in a medium bowl.

Wash and peel the carrot and grate it with a box grater or vegetable peeler.

Wash and cut the green onion and add them, along with the carrots, to the sprouts.

Drizzle with the dressing and toss until the slaw is fully coated. Whatever dressing is leftover can be served on the side.

Add the nuts, cilantro or parsley, crumbled blue cheese, and bacon. Gently toss and serve immediately. *


*If making it in advance, leave the slaw covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours in advance. Add the cheese, herbs, bacon and nuts and toss with dressing up to 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 17.7gSaturated Fat 4gSodium 461mgCarbohydrates 8.7gFiber 2gSugar 4.5gProtein 5.8g

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