Easy Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

Easy Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

Brussels sprouts…the food kids hate and adults love! When served raw, they definitely do have that bitter taste (likely why we all detested them in our adolescence), but brussels in all forms are have recently turned into a trendy food, and I’m 100% okay with that. Here’s hoping they stick around on all menus for the coming years :)

Easy Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

This brussels sprouts quinoa salad does have raw brussels, but they’re balanced out by all the other ingredients, like the almonds, balsamic, and arugula. Disclaimer being that it’s basically a detox salad with the only “bad” thing being the dried cranberries, so you won’t get the indulgent restaurant salads doused in bacon + a creamy dressing. BUT, it’s seriously the perfect thing to whip up as a both a side and a main dish, depending on how healthy you’re being. I subbed out the pecorino romano cheese for gorgonzola a couple of weeks ago, and am going to add a hard boiled egg to this batch in a few days to change it up a little (#NoBoringDeskLunch). I served it like this sans quinoa + red onions on Saturday night when we had a couple of friends over to grill, and it was the perfect side to our burgers and dessert bars.

Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

Servings 2 large servings


  • 3/4 cup shaved brussels sprouts (I buy them pre-shaved at Trader Joes, but you can easily do them yourself at home)
  • 3/4 cup arugula
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 heaping tablespoons grated pecorino romano cheese
  • Olive oil + balsamic (as dressing)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Drizzle with olive oil + balsamic immediately before serving

Easy Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

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  1. Oh this sounds delicious! I love any salad with arugula, and brussels sprouts are my fave!! Can’t wait to try this.

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      You’ll be “healthy full” in a good way! Let me know what you think!

      Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  2. Nan wrote:

    This looks so yummy – and perfect for the fall. I am always on the hunt for a good salad recipe.
    xo Nan // Simply Elegant Blog

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      It’s a goodie! Hope you like it :)

      Posted 9.13.16 Reply