Brussels Sprouts & Poached Pear Salad

Brussels Sprouts & Poached Pear Salad


This easy and indulgent salad begins with a base of shaved Brussels sprouts and pecans, topped with poached pears in a red wine reduction. This vegan fall salad is both stunning and delicious! 


Brussels sprouts & Poached Pear Salad on a plate


Shaved Brussels Sprouts

In our opinion, nothing screams fall quite like Brussels Sprouts. This nutritious recipe features raw shaved Brussels sprouts. You heard that right, no roasting necessary. 

In fact, recently we were singing the praises of this miniature cabbage to my sister. However, she told of a bad first experience (like many of us can relate to!) of trying over-cooked boiled Brussels sprouts. Yuck! 

But don’t worry, everyone is bound to love it when this vegetable is shaved and eaten raw instead of boiled. 


Shaving the Brussels sprouts in a food processor


Sweet Red Wine Poached Pears

Although the sprouts are deliciously crunchy, the real star of this salad is a poached pear bursting with fall flavor. 

By simmering whole firm pears in a red wine and maple syrup reduction, this mild fruit is transformed into a tender and elegant topping for a healthy seasonal salad. You can feel good about eating these poached pears! 


Poaching the pears in a sauce pan with red wine



  • Brussels Sprouts Hearty Brussels sprouts are shaved for a softer bite and wonderful cabbage flavor.
  • Pears  –  Juicy pears are peeled and cooked in a deeply flavorful wine sauce.
  • Red Wine  –  The dry and slightly sweet wine gets reduced to create a wonderful dressing.
  • Lemon Peel  – Bright lemon peel is boiled in the wine to create depth of flavor.
  • Maple Syrup  –  Mild maple syrup is added to help the wine to thicken as it reduces.
  • Aromatics  –   A combination of cinnamon and cloves provide a rich fall flavor for this gorgeous salad.
  • Pecans  –  Crunchy pecans are added at the end to add protein and amazing texture.


The poached pears once the red wine has penetrated


FAQ & Brussels Sprout & Poached Pear Salad Tips:

  • What type of red wine is best for poaching pears? 

    • We recommend using a dry fruit forward red wine such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, or shiraz for this recipe. Alternatively, you can also use a white wine or even sugar water, if preferred.  
  • Should pears be ripe for poaching? 

    • Nope! It’s actually best if the pears are firm. Poaching fruit is a great way to make use of all fruit no matter its ripeness. 
  • Wait to Peel the Pears 🍐

    • Once the pears are peeled, they will begin to brown due to oxidation. Therefore, we recommend peeling the pears right before you are ready to add them to the red wine mixture. 
  • Time Savor ⏰

    • Use a food processor with a slicing blade to shave your Brussels sprouts in minutes.  

  • Mix It Up 🔀

    • Not the biggest fan of raw Brussels sprouts? Try a bed of greens instead. 

    • Switch out the pecans for another nut of your choice (For example: hazelnuts, cashews, or slivered almonds).

    • Instead of pears, try another poached fruit such as apples, plums, peaches, or nectarines. 


Brussels sprouts & poached pear salad with pecans on a plate


A Festive Fall Salad

If you are planning to host a fall dinner, wow your guests with this elegant and scrumptious salad. Not only will it look beautiful on the table, but it will also delight your taste buds and your home will smell heavenly. Enjoy! 

Finally, if you have made this salad, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below  and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!

Additionally, you can also take a photo and tag us on Instagram or Facebook.  We would love to get your feedback! Happy cooking! 😄


Ingredients for Brussels sprouts & Poached Pear Salad Shaving the Brussels sprouts in a food processor

A bowl of shaved Brussels sprouts next to pears and strips of lemon peel Poaching the pears in a sauce pan with red wine

The poached pears once the red wine has penetrated Bringing the red wine mixture to a boil

Brussels sprouts & Poached Pear Salad on a plate Brussels sprouts & poached pear salad with pecans on a plate



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Brussels sprouts & Poached Pear Salad on a plate

Brussels Sprouts & Poached Pear Salad

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad, Appetizer
  • Method: Shave, Poach, Reduce
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


A vegan fall salad featuring shaved Brussels sprouts, pecans, and a red wine poached pear. This healthy side is both elegant and delicious!


  • 1 Lb Brussels Sprouts (Shaved)
  • 3 Pears (Firm, Peeled)
  • 1 750ml Bottle of Red Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Lemon Peel
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 tsp Whole Cloves
  • 2 Star Anise (Optional)
  • ¼ Cup Pecans (Chopped)



  1. Trim the Brussels sprouts and peel off the outer layer. Using a food processor or a knife, slice the Brussels sprouts into thin shavings. Set aside. 
  2. Pour the wine and syrup into a sauce pot and add the lemon peel, cinnamon stick, cloves and star anise. 
  3. Allow the wine mixture to come to a simmer over medium low heat. Peel the pears right before adding them to the simmering wine. 
  4. Allow to cook, covered for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Turn the pears occasionally for even poaching. 
  5. Remove the pears from the liquid. Bring the wine back to a boil and stir occasionally uncovered until it is reduced a lot and when cooled it is your desired consistency.
  6. Plate the shaved Brussels sprouts and top with poached pear, chopped pecans and a drizzle of wine reduction. Enjoy!
  7. Leftover salad and dressing should be stored separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


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Keywords: Brussels Sprouts & Poached Pear Salad, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe, Vegan Fall Salad Recipe


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2 thoughts on “Brussels Sprouts & Poached Pear Salad”

  • This is a beautiful looking recipe. Pears are my favorite fruit so I will definitely be trying this. I look forward to Meatless Makeovers postings — the pictures are so professional and the recipes easy to make, thank you.

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