Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

Rich bacon, healthy fats and antioxidant-loaded vegetables and spices make this warm Brussels sprouts salad the perfect muscle-building side for your protein of choice.

By Elke S. Nelson, Ph.D, CFL-1 | May 12, 2014

Warm Brussels Sprouts Opener


  • 24 ounces fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil or grass-fed butter
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 3 pieces bacon, cooked and  chopped
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt


  1. Rinse Brussels sprouts to clean.
  2. Cut the majority of the base off sprouts and discard. Remove outermost layer of sprouts and discard.
  3. Slice some sprouts in half and others very thinly, moving from right to left vertically across the sprout (similar to slicing an onion).
  4. Add coconut oil or grass-fed butter to a pan and heat over medium heat.
  5. Add apple, bacon, garlic and sprouts.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.
  7. Cook 15 to 20 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until Brussels sprout pieces have wilted to about half their original size. The sprouts can be slightly browned, if desired.
  8. Remove from heat and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts Serves 6 (Per serving:): Calories: 121, Protein: 4 grams, Carbs: 12 grams,Fat: 4 grams

About the Author

Elke S. Nelson, Ph.D, CFL-1

Elke S. Nelson, Ph.D, CFL-1

Elke Nelson has a B.S. in Biotechnology and a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cellular Biology. She currently works fulltime as an assistant manager of a clinical writing group, producing and reviewing reports that discuss medical technologies (e.g., drugs, devices, procedures) under investigation in late-stage clinical trials. Elke is a Level 1 certified coach at CrossFit Conshohocken. Elke specializes in Paleo nutrition, particularly why and how to implement the diet into everyday living; meal design; and CrossFit training.