This Autumn Brussels Sprouts Salad is the perfect salad to serve all season long or for Thanksgiving! It’s topped with sliced apples, crunchy sunflower seeds, crumbled goat cheese, and tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette dressing!

Angled photo of brussels sprouts salad in a white bowl with sliced apples and crumbled goat cheese and a red and orange napkin

I cannot believe it’s already November and time to start menu planning for Thanksgiving! Salad is one of those sides that I think is usually overlooked for Thanksgiving among all of the other side dishes, but I personally like to eat a bit of salad to break up the heaviness of the rest of the food! This Autumn Brussels Sprouts Salad is really simple to prepare and pretty too!

To make this salad, you will need these easy ingredients:

  • Brussels Sprouts – You can buy them already shaved or chop them up yourself.
  • Apples – I personally love to use honeycrisp apples this time of year, but whatever your favorite variety is will work!
  • Sunflower seeds – I like the added crunch and saltiness from salted sunflower seeds.
  • Goat cheese – crumbled goat cheese adds such delicious flavor to this salad!
  • Apple cider – You will need some apple cider for the homemade dressing.
  • Olive oil – for the dressing
  • Honey – Just a pinch of sweetness for the dressing.

Overhead photo of brussels sprouts salad with sliced apples, goat cheese

Recipe Tips and Suggestions:

  • Feel free to experiment with toppings for this salad! You can make it more hearty as a fall meal by adding some chicken to the salad.
  • Roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash would also be delicious to add!
  • I like sunflower seeds in this recipe, but you can swap them with chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • If goat cheese is not your vibe, you can swap it with mozzarella balls for a more mild flavor.
  • For an added visual touch, I also sliced some apples with a flower-shaped foot cutter. It’s an easy way to dress the salad up for Thanksgiving!
  • You can prepare the dressing in advance if needed. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • If you want to garnish the salad with the sliced apples on top as pictured when serving, I recommend first tossing the Brussels Sprouts in the dressing. The toppings then get mixed in when people spoon it out.

Close up photo of white bowl with shaved Brussels Sprouts, apples, sunflower seeds, and goat cheese

Looking for more Fall or Thanksgiving sides? Check these out:

Autumn Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Dressing

Autumn Panzanella Salad

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Parmesan

Angled photo of brussels sprouts salad in a white bowl with sliced apples and crumbled goat cheese and a red and orange napkin
Yield: 6 servings

Autumn Brussels Sprouts Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Autumn Brussels Sprouts Salad - Shaved Brussels sprouts topped with sunflower seeds, sliced apples, goat cheese, and an apple cider vinaigrette dressing!


For the apple cider dressing:

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • sea salt to taste

For the salad:

  • 4 cups shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 5 ounces crumbled goat cheese


  1. Add the apple cider to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer/light boil. Lower heat slightly and let simmer until cider is reduced by half. Set aside and let cool completely.
  2. In a bowl or dressing shaker, add the reduced cider, olive oil, vinegar, honey, and salt. Shake or whisk together. Set aside.
  3. In a large serving bowl, add the Brussels sprouts. Add some (or all of the dressing) and toss to mix. Arrange the sliced apples on top, sprinkle the sunflower seeds and crumbled goat cheese. Serve (can toss all ingredients together if desired before serving).


The dressing can be prepared a day in advance. Store in a container in the fridge overnight until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 1088mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 10g
Autumn Brussels Sprouts Salad