Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
This gorgeous shaved Brussels sprout coleslaw showcases a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that melds beautifully with a tangy lemon vinaigrette, and lots of crispy bacon. Brussels sprout slaw is a refreshing and delightful twist on the classic coleslaw, trading the traditional cabbage for thinly sliced or shredded Brussels sprouts. Packed full of simple and delicious flavor, this dish is perfect with barbecue, burgers, grilled chicken and more!
Why Brussels Sprouts are So Good For You!
Brussels sprouts originated from Brussels, Belgium, a beautiful city I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, however, I didn’t eat Brussels sprouts when I was there, I was more focused on their chocolate! Brussels sprouts are edible buds that look like tiny cabbage heads belonging to the cruciferous family, specifically Brassicaceae. These beautiful little gems are loaded with nutrients and are delicious cooked and raw!
Vitamin A (beta-carotene): Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and reduces oxidative stress and is also converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential in the health of your eyes, skin, bones, kidneys, and lungs.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): There are many benefits from a diet rich in vitamin B6. It plays a role in our immune health, metabolism, and brain health. Vitamin B6 is essential in creating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which play a role in emotional health and sleep .
Vitamin B9 (folate): This vitamin is essential in the production of your genetic material (DNA and RNA), supports metabolism, and works with other B vitamins in regulating homocysteine .
Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress, improves the absorption of non-heme iron, supports the immune system, and healthy bones .
Vitamin K: Vitamin K1 is essential in your body’s clotting ability and is converted to vitamin K2 in your gut. Vitamin K2 is essential in maintaining healthy bones and skin.
Calcium: The most abundant mineral in the body and is essential in maintaining health teeth and bones as well as heart, muscle and nerve function .
Iron: Necessary in the production of hemoglobin, supports the endocrine system, and is necessary in growth and development .
Potassium: An essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat.
Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and arugula that has been shown to have many health benefits. Studies have shown that this powerful compound is stored in cruciferous vegetables in an inactive form known as glucoraphanin. Glucoraphanin is then activated by chopping, cutting, or chewing the food releasing an enzyme, myrosinase, to produce sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to support health and wellness.
There are more benefits to including Brussels sprouts to a whole food diet as the fiber they contain supports a healthy and optimized digestive tract! They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber:
Insoluble fiber: Works to keep things moving along and helps with toxin and waste elimination.
Soluble fiber : Soluble fiber works to support a healthy microbiome and supports healthy blood sugar regulation.
One of my favorite veggies is Brussels sprouts, whether they’re shaved in a summer salad or roasted and served with some tasty garlic aioli. With their season running from late August through March, it’s easy to add these little nutritious nuggets to your diet. One of the many reasons I love this easy Brussels sprout slaw is that is goes with everything from summer burgers, fall pork chop, or a nice seared steak and it’s Paleo, Whole30 and keto friendly, so eat up!
Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw Ingredients
How to Make Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw
1. Dice and fry the bacon over medium heat until cooked to your preferred crispness. Drain and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well.
3. Rinse and dry all the Brussels sprouts, trim the stem end off and thinly slice with a mandoline or a knife. Add to the bowl with the slaw dressing.
4. Julienne the green onions and add to the Brussels sprouts.
5. Add the cooked bacon and toss until evenly coated. Season as needed with more S&P.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- Dice and fry the bacon over medium heat until cooked to your preferred crispness. Drain and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well.
- Rinse and dry all the Brussels sprouts, trim the stem end off and thinly slice with a mandoline or a knife. Add to the bowl with the slaw dressing.
- Julienne the green onions and add to the Brussels sprouts.
- Add the cooked bacon and toss until evenly coated. Season as needed with more S&P.
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Q: How thick can I slice the Brussels sprouts to make a slaw?
A: I would try to slice them no thicker than 1/8″, which is why I like to use a mandoline for this.
Q: How long with Brussels sprout slaw keep?
A: Keep the slaw stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
Q: What acid would you use if you don’t have any fresh lemon juice?
A: My go to for most of my slaw recipes is apple cider vinegar (ACV). It’s a strong flavor so add 1 tablespoon and taste the dressing then add more if desired.
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