Shaved Brussels Sprouts w/ Crispy Quinoa & Candied Pecans

by Kiran on November 26, 2013 · 56 comments

in Celebration, Salads, Sides, Thanksgiving

Hi friends! How are you guys doing? We are currently in Bangalore, eating our hearts out and spending much needed quality time, being pampered by the family.

There’s nothing like home. And of course, much needed break from routined life.

Shaved Brussels Sprout w/ Quinoa and Maple Pecans |

I’m keeping this post short, sweet and savory because frankly speaking I’d rather spend time cuddling with my sweet 18 month old niece. Time flies and we need to soak up every ounce of this family reunion.

Before you know it, she’ll be 18 years old and I’ll be praying for a stopwatch on ticking time. Time never waits for anyone, so better savor it now.

Shaved Brussels Sprout w/ Quinoa and Maple Pecans |

Same thing can be said about this time of the year. Christmas and New Years is just around the corner. Why oh why is time zooming by?

Oh well 😀

Shaved Brussels Sprout w/ Quinoa and Maple Pecans |

From my family to yours, have a wonderful, blessed and Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Cherish every moment you can, give each other plenty of hugs and kisses, step away from routined life which includes slouching over the computer or smartphones.

Carve the turkey and serve it with sumptuous sides. Make this salad which brings so much joy while you feasts!

Shaved Brussels Sprout w/ Quinoa and Maple Pecans |

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  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa, patted dry.
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 heaping cups of shaved brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Candied Pecans:

  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Balsamic maple dressing:

  • 2 tbsp reduced balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Heat a saute pan on medium. Add 2 tsp olive oil. Once oil is heated, reduce heat to low and add cooked quinoa. Stir fry quinoa until lightly crisped. Remove from heat to cool.
  2. Heat the same sauté pan on low. Add pecans and toast for 1 minute. Add the rest of ingredients for candied pecans and continue stirring to evenly coat.  Toast for 5 minutes and remove from pan to cool.
  3. Add all the ingredients for balsamic maple dressing into a small mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously to emulsify.
  4. To assemble salad: In a huge salad bowl, toss raw shaved brussels sprouts, pomegranate arils and fresh mint with crisped quinoa and candied pecans. Drizzle with balsamic maple dressing and toss to coat. Serve it alongside with your Thanksgiving turkey 🙂


Shaved Brussels Sprout w/ Quinoa and Maple Pecans |

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1 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today November 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

“eating hearts out” is such a lovely expression. Happy Thanksgiving to you 🙂


2 Rosa November 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

A beautiful dish! Wholesome, delicious and wonderful looking. Fabulous pictures, as always.




3 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Beautiful combination of ingredients here. Enjoy your family time as much as you can! p.s. How’s the weather like there?


4 Shibi Thomas @FlavzCorner November 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Are you still cooking Kiran? I thought you were vaccationing :)…a blogger has no time off right? Anyways enjoy the time with family. Hope the weather in Bangalore is better than here :(. The salad looks really colorful and delicious and all the clicks are beautiful especially I the 2nd one!!!


5 Kathryn November 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Love the flavours and textures in this salad; what a delight to bring to the table!
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6 Gayathri November 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

flavorful and healthy salad
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7 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

happy thanksgiving from me to you as well. lovely salad 🙂
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8 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs November 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Enjoy your time with your family, Kiran!
And what a gorgeous salad, it looks delicious! Pinning 😀
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9 Kelly November 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Enjoy your time with your family and thanks for sharing this wonderful looking salad Kiran! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and yummy food 🙂


10 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

What a beautiful, festive salad, Kiran! Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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11 Alex November 26, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Beautiful recipe, amazing photos. Thank you for sharing.
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12 Monica November 26, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I would jump right on this side if it was on our Thanksgiving table. You are so, so right about time zipping by. It can’t be stopped and all we can do is savor every day, every moment. Hope you are having a great time with your family.
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13 Ansh | Spiceroots November 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Family times are so precious. Enjoy it and the moments with your niece. Happy Holidays!
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14 Mallika November 26, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Oh that’s beautiful Kiran. So gorgeous! Enjoy your time with your near and dear ones!!!
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15 Sarah & Arkadi November 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM

This looks beautiful!
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16 Ash-foodfashionparty November 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Enjoy the precious moments with family, there’s nothing better than that.
The salad looks absolutely delicious. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.


17 Alice November 27, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Amazing snaps! Wow, your dish should be the poster child for all Brussel Sprouts, truly they look stunning! Enjoy your break & holiday, family is certainly what it’s all about! I love cooking with my little niece & nephew too over the season break. Enjoy each precious moment 🙂
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18 Gintare @Gourmantine November 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Enjoy the time with your family, time is precious especially when you don’t get to see them everyday and happy coming Thanksgiving 🙂


19 Coffee and Crumpets November 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Beautiful salad! So glad you’re having fun, enjoy your holiday. I’m sure you are feasting everyday while in Bangalore so hardly need to stop for Thanksgiving! Have a happy one regardless. Love this salad, btw!!
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20 Charul @ Tadka Masala November 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Happy Thanksgiving dear!
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21 John@Kitchen Riffs November 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Shaved Brussels sprouts are amazing! Love the idea of pairing them with quinoa and pecans – super idea. Glad you’re having a great time. Happy Thanksgiving!
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22 Choc Chip Uru November 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Happy Thanksgiving my friend, beautiful colours and flavours in this dish 😀
And candied pecans? Love it!

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23 Lizzy (Good Things) November 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Happy Thanksgiving lovely one.
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24 Amy (Savory Moments) November 27, 2013 at 9:12 PM

What a beautiful dish this is! I love pomegranate with brussel sprouts (I’ll be making some for dinner tomorrow).
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25 laurasmess November 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Another gorgeous, gorgeous post from you Kiran. I love the colours and the mix of textures in this healthy salad. Perfect for Thanksgiving (or for us, Christmas, as we sadly don’t celebrate the gorgeous American tradition of Thanksgiving!). Glad that you’re getting some much-needed time with the family. Enjoy every second! xx
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26 sowmya November 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Love this combo of brussels sprouts ,pom seeds and maple pecans..
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27 Katerina November 28, 2013 at 3:17 AM

You do the right thing! Enjoy as much as you can your time with your family! These memories are priceless! I love, love your salad!
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28 Medha November 29, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Such a gorgeous pictures and vibrant colours. Candied pecans are my favorite – I am going to use your recipe next time for candid pecans! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family – enjoy!
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29 Rika November 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Have a lovely time in Bangalore with your loved ones, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from the Northwest! Speaking of brussel sprouts, a restaurant we went to in Philly served shaved Brussel sprouts, and that first photo reminded me of it. Beautiful dish full of deliciousness: quinoa, pomegranate arils, mint, sweet and candied pecans.


30 Hannah November 29, 2013 at 6:34 PM

This looks fantastic! I LOVE brussels sprouts!
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31 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 30, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Happy Thanksgiving, I love your shaved brussels sprouts! 🙂
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32 Irina @ wandercrush November 30, 2013 at 3:10 AM

What a beautiful salad! It’s refreshing to have a nice bite of crunchy green goodness between all the heavy, buttery things at Thanksgiving. I hope you had a wonderful time with your family, Kiran, and definitely enjoy every second with your precious little niece. My oldest cousin is having her first child and my whole family is holding its breath… next thing I know, she’ll be going to college and getting married herself!
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33 Daniela November 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Hi Kiran, this looks like a lovely and very delicate side dish not only for the Thanksgiving turkey but for many other meals.
Have a wonderful time back home, nothing better than this:)
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34 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style November 30, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Looks wonderful and refreshing, Kiran! Enjoy your time with your niece, indeed…
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35 easyfoodsmith December 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Beautiful! It is amazing how you pair ingredients so well. The pics are gorgeous, as always. Have a great time with family 🙂
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36 Suchi December 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Love these flavur combinations, the only way I like brussel sprouts is with bacon, need to give this a try! Enjoy your time with your family!
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37 Amy @ Elephant Eats December 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Shaving brussels sprouts is my favorite way to eat them! It takes a way a lot of that bitter flavor they tend to have. Love all the ingredients and colors in this salad! Have so much fun with your little niece 🙂
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38 Raymund December 2, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Wow I am jealous, wanna go back and visit my home country this holiday season as well.
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39 Sissi December 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

What a wonderful original recipe and such artistic photographs… Have a wonderful time with your family!
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40 rebecca December 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

looks delicious and seasonal
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41 honeywhatscooking December 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM

geez.. whenever you make something, I’m always like, why didn’t I think of that first? UGH! Definitely making this, so easy and I have everything but apple cider and pomegranate.
Need to go shopping soon!
Happy Thanksgiving K!
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42 Kitchen Belleicious December 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Great idea to shave them! An easier way to get people to eat brussel sprouts although i love them and always have! The pecans on top is just fabulous
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43 Lail | With A Spin December 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

A wholesome, delicious salad.
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44 Juliana December 5, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Beautiful dish…colors and flavors.
Have a great time 😀


45 Julia | December 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Love the combination of Brussels sprouts, pomegranate, and quinoa! How yum! Not only is it perfect for Thanksgiving, this dish is perfect during all Holiday season!
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46 Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM

What a beautiful and festive salad! I love it! Gorgeous!
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47 Kumar's Kitchen December 6, 2013 at 6:13 PM

stunningly beautiful food clicks and a toothsome recipe,thanks for sharing 🙂
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48 Tandy | Lavender and Lime December 8, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Enjoy every moment with your niece!
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49 Maria John December 9, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Its such a delight to be with family..enjoy you stay Kiran..btw the dish looks very inviting and colourful..
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50 Laura December 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

uuuhhhmmm.. Looks amazing! Some of my favorite ingredients! Love the pictures as well!!


51 shashi @ December 10, 2013 at 5:33 AM

Awesome looking salad dear! Hope you are getting a whole bunch of cuddle time in! Miss ya!
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54 Crista December 14, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Yum! This is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing!! xox
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55 SeasontheRecipe January 6, 2014 at 4:30 AM

Very Healthy Salad!


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