Roasted Fennel Brussels Sprout Salad

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Today, we’re bringing you a simple yet elegant salad featuring two under-appreciated veggies: Brussels sprouts and fennel! When roasted, these veggies transform into caramelized, magical goodness.

This salad helps these veggies shine and has all the components of an amazing dish — it’s easy to prepare (just 9 ingredients!), incredibly delicious, and includes the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, and savory elements. Plus, it’s beautiful and just dying to be on your fall and holiday table! Let’s make salad!

Cutting board with Brussels sprouts, almonds, cranberries, orange, fennel, salt, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar

How to Make This Roasted Vegetable Salad

This salad begins with preparing the Brussels sprouts and fennel for roasting. The Brussels sprouts get trimmed and halved. And for the fennel, we remove the stalks and core and then thinly slice the bulb.

Thinly slicing a fennel bulb

Once on the baking sheet, they’re seasoned simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasted to tender, caramelized perfection.

Roasted fennel and Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet

While the veggies are roasting, there’s plenty of time to prep the sweet and crunchy components: fresh orange slices, dried cranberries, and toasted slivered almonds.

Cutting the peel off an orange

For the orange, we like to cut it into segments (also called supreming) to remove the peel and pith to reduce bitterness and elevate sweetness.

Using a small knife to supreme an orange

All that’s left to do is transfer the roasted veggies to a serving platter with the segmented orange, toasted almonds, and chopped dried cranberries. Then toss with a 3-ingredient dressing (olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt) that perfectly balances the sweet components!

Tossing a platter of salad with apple cider vinegar dressing

We hope you LOVE this Brussels sprout salad! It’s:

Tangy
Bright
Crunchy
Caramelized
Lightly sweetened
& SO delicious!

It’s a simple yet elegant side perfect for the holiday table, celebrating fall and winter produce, and beyond! Pair it with nearly any main or with other sides, including mashed potatoes (Instant Pot or Easy 1-Pot), Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Vegan Lentil Nut “Meatloaf”, or Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken.

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Close up shot of a plate of roasted brussels sprouts and fennel tossed with almonds, cranberries, orange, and dressing

Roasted Fennel and Brussels Sprout Salad

Delicious roasted fennel and Brussels sprout salad with almonds, cranberries, and orange slices. An easy, flavorful, elegant, plant-based side for the holidays and beyond! Just 9 ingredients required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Holding a plate of roasted brussel sprout and fennel salad
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 (Servings)
Course Salad, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

ROASTED VEGETABLES

  • 1 medium bulb fennel, fronds and stems removed, halved, core removed, and thinly sliced with a knife or mandolin (1 medium bulb yields ~2 cups or 180 g sliced)
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved (smaller sprouts cook best)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (see notes if oil-free)
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper

TOPPINGS

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange slices, peeled and pith removed, cut into thin 1-inch pieces

DRESSING

  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (or sub balsamic vinegar for a richer variation)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (if oil-free, omit)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F (218 C) and line one large (or two small) baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  • To the baking sheet(s), add the fennel, Brussels sprouts (including any outer leaves that fell off while cutting), olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat. Spread in an even layer and turn the Brussels sprouts cut side down. If the veggies are crowded, use more baking sheets to encourage browning.
  • Roast for 18-25 minutes or until tender, golden brown, and slightly crispy on the edges and cut side.
  • TOPPINGS: While the veggies are baking, toast the almonds. Place the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently, until they are lightly golden brown — about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • To slice the orange, cut off the top and bottom, then place the flat edge on the cutting board and use a knife to remove the peel and white pith (this removes bitterness). Then cut the orange into 1-inch pieces.
  • DRESSING: In a jar with a lid (or in a bowl), combine the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt. Shake (or whisk) to combine.
  • Transfer the roasted vegetables to a serving platter or bowl. Top with the toasted almonds, chopped cranberries, and orange slices. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Taste and adjust as needed, adding more vinegar for brightness, orange slices for sweetness, or salt to taste.
  • Best when fresh. If preparing in advance, store the components separately and assemble just before serving. Not freezer friendly.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*If oil-free, check out our Guide to Oil-Free Roasted Vegetables!

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 190 Carbohydrates: 21.9 g Protein: 6.1 g Fat: 10.6 g Saturated Fat: 1.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.8 g Monounsaturated Fat: 7.1 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 490 mg Potassium: 725 mg Fiber: 7.4 g Sugar: 10.4 g Vitamin A: 1331 IU Vitamin C: 114 mg Calcium: 100 mg Iron: 2.3 mg

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  1. Reenie says

    We loved this! Two small substitutions: walnuts instead of almonds because that’s what we had and pomegranate seeds instead of dried cranberries because we don’t do a lot of dried fruit in our house. It was lovely! My first time cooking fennel!

  2. Anna says

    This looks great and I already have everything needed – will be making tonight! I have fresh cranberries rather than dried though, do you think if I throw them in the oven with the brussel sprouts and fennel when they’re almost finished roasting would soften them up nicely? Thanks!
    Anna

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anna! We haven’t tried that, but it might work. They are quite juicy though, so you may want to do them in a separate dish for a shorter amount of time so they don’t leak on the other veggies, and so the juices don’t burn. Let us know how it goes!

  3. Carol K says

    I wish I could give this recipe 10 stars! I made it as written with the exception of using half apple cider vinegar and half a milder vinegar (TJ’s orange muscat vinegar) in the dressing. I used 2 baking sheets for roasting vegs and toasted my almonds on a third sheet for 5 minutes of the roasting time to save a step. It was easy, beautiful, and delicious. I will be serving it room temperature as a side dish on Thanksgiving. Thank you Dana!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Melissa! We think that would work well! It would be probably be best served at room temperature, rather than cold… but we think it would taste good either way!

  4. marlene says

    Absolutely delicious! We even ate the leftovers cold from the refrigerator! The only changes were omitting olive oil and in procedures: Instead of roasting (I didn’t want to use the oven), I “sauteed” and stirred the fennel and brussel sprouts in water until the “juice” was browned on the bottom of the pan, and the vegetables were tender, adding water as needed. After browning, I added just a little bit of water and stirred to get the browned flavor into the dish. I added the dressing directly to the sprouts and then added the toppings. I usually have toasted almonds on hand to use as a garnish. I toast raw almonds in the oven for about 10-15+ minutes until browned when I’m baking something else.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the salad, Marlene! And love that idea to roast almonds when the oven is already on for something else! Thank you for sharing! xo

    • Babette says

      Hi Marlene, I don’t want to use my oven either. Did the fennel and brussels sprouts get crispy cooking them on the stove top?

  5. Maria says

    Made this for dinner along with a roasted protein tonight. Definitely a hit! Been having inflammation issues, so grateful to have this easy, tasty, and nutritious meal!

  6. Juliette says

    This made a delicious lunch! I replaced the slivered almonds with pepitas (pumpkin seeds) since I had some on hand. I also added 1 can great northern beans (rinsed) and 1/2 cup pearl barley cooked in 3 cups broth for heartiness and protein.