The Best Colorful Salad for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Colorful Brussels sprouts Salad for Thanksgiving

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5 from 2 reviews

This colorful, crunchy salad is perfect for adding to your Thanksgiving menu! And you can make it ahead. 


  • 16 ounces shredded Brussels sprouts (I use about 1 1/2 bags from Trader Joe’s that are 10 ounces each)
  • 2 ounces pancetta (I used the package kind and used about 1/2 of the package)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (broken into good size pieces)
  • 1/4 cup pinenuts

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • one shallot, sliced thin
  • zest of one orange
  • one teaspoon of fresh thyme, chopped
  • one tablespoon of fig jam
  • salt and pepper
  • crushed red pepper 


  1. Cook the pancetta until crisp and remove to a plate with a paper towel.
  2. Prepare the brussels sprouts or use those prepared in a bag to save time. Pour into a bowl.
  3. Add the pomegranate arils, parmesan cheese, and pinenuts. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Make the dressing:

  • Add the olive oil to a saute pan and cook the thinly sliced shallots, stirring to ensure they don’t burn. Remove from the heat and pour into a jar and allow to cool slightly before adding the apple cider vinegar, fig jam, orange zest, thyme, salt, pepper, and a little crushed red pepper. Stir and add to the salad or leave it at room temperature for a few hours while preparing the meal. 
  • When ready to serve, toss the salad with the dressing at room temperature or heat a little if preferred. 


This salad is great as a meal or as a Thanksgiving side. I love that I can buy everything at Trader Joe’s, and it comes together so easily, but it’s so delicious! A crunchy, colorful salad to go with all that Thanksgiving food we love so much!