Meatless Monday: Warm Balsamic Brussels Sprouts + Pear Slaw

Warm Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Pear Slaw

This past weekend the weather here in Upstate New York was so warm that it was spring like.  On Saturday I went for an 8 mile long run outside and it was so warm that I almost took my long sleeve top off.  Later in the day it got even warmer and temps reached the 50’s! WHAT?! That is craaazy and nearly unheard of in the typically frozen tundra of Central New York. 

Anyway, despite the CNY heat wave, I have been craving warm and wintery meals especially dishes with Brussels sprouts.  Even though I used a winter veggie, I was inspired to give this dish a summery flare by creating it “slaw” style but served warm instead of cold!

This Brussels sprouts and pears slaw is mixed with caramelized onions, toasted walnuts and a splash of balsamic.  It is incredibly quick to make and would be perfect as a weeknight main dish or a side dish to a larger meal.  Meatless Monday: Warm Balsamic Brussels Sprouts + Pears SlawMeatless Monday: Warm Balsamic Brussels Sprouts + Pears Slaw
– 2 lbs of Brussels sprouts, julienned
– 2 pears, julienned
– 1 onion, chopped
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 2 tbsp balsamic
– 1/3 cup walnuts

Heat olive oil in a sautee pan, add onions and cook until soft.
Add in Brussels sprouts and pears and cook until soft.
Add balsamic and stir until combined then add in walnuts.
Let reduce for severals minutes then plate and enjoy! :)

Warm Balsamic Brussels Sprouts + Pear Slaw
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. Cut and prepare Brussels sprouts, pear and onion.
  2. In a large pan, heat olive oil and add onions, cooking until soft.
  3. Add in Brussels sprouts and pears along with balsamic and nuts.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and let cook down for several minutes until pears and Brussels sprouts are soft.
  5. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  6. Enjoy!
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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply December 29, 2014

Yummy! Yay for Brussels sprouts!
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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 29, 2014

Brussels and pear and balsamic--yes. The acid and the sweetness are meant to be!
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Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply December 29, 2014

Ohhhhh my favorite!!! Baby Cabbages for ALL. I think I can make this recipe whole 30 approved as well. YEAH! I need new ideas living on ground beef, eggs and lettuce can get boring for 30 days. Love it! (I feel like a 3rd grader with all the exclamation point but it's raw emotion!) :)
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    Reply December 29, 2014

    Hahaha I use exclamation marks to the point of abuse....people probably think I am screaming most of the time!!! ;)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply December 29, 2014

Yum!!! I honestly really love Brussel sprouts! I even did as a kid. Great recipe!
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Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply December 29, 2014

ooh I bet adding pears into the sprouts would be great. I will be trying that one. I am learning to like them this year.
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    Reply December 29, 2014

    The pears give it a nice subtle sweetness, let me know what you think!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply December 29, 2014

Three of my favorite things...brussel sprouts (can't get enough), balsamic and pears! Pinning for sure!
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Reply December 29, 2014

I must say, I'm not a huge fan of Brussels sprouts. However, in recent months I've discovered I don't mind them as much as I did when I was a kid. I'll give this a whirl! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply December 29, 2014

    They are an acquired taste- but the pears give it a nice sweetness. Let me know what you think if you make it :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply December 29, 2014

ooooo yum!!! I can't wait to have you cook for me when I come visit ;-P
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Reply December 29, 2014

I am loving this! I may try this but at some barley to it....GET IN MY BELLY!
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Reply December 29, 2014

Brussels are my new thing. I had them for the first time on Thanksgiving and I'm hooked now. This sounds awesome!
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    Reply December 29, 2014

    Thank you- I go on Brussels binges a lot, they are yummy for sure!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 29, 2014

I love the sound of this one! Pinned for future use- brussel sprouts are my new fav!
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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
Reply December 29, 2014

Hi Annmarie! I still need to try having a Meatless Monday one day. I had some tasty brussels sprouts made by my Momma last week as I was visiting Florida, but this sounds even tastier. Glad you're getting some warm weather for a change:) Happy Monday!
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    Reply December 29, 2014

    Hi Ashley! :D Your momma's Brussels sound like they were yummy too! Definitely excited about the warm weather here but it's unfortunately not planning to stay. Happy Monday to you too!

Reply December 29, 2014

Pear slaw sounds so good! <3 Why did I eat my only pear yesterday evening!?
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Reply December 29, 2014

what a combo! i definitely need to look into more sweet and savory slaws! LOVE!
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Jess @hellotofit
Reply December 30, 2014

I enjoy eating brussels sprouts, but have never had them as a slaw -- very interesting. It looks yummy :) I like them sauteed with diced bacon...hehe
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Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply December 30, 2014

Never thought about putting pear in slaw. yummy.
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