Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad


This Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad is a perfectly delicious Autumn salad that will leave everyone asking for more! It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

You get those thinly shredded brussels sprouts that have just the perfect crunch, along with soft sweet pears, salty crispy bacon, a slight bite from the shallots, nutty crunchy pecans, creamy tangy gorgonzola cheese, plus just a hint of herby freshness from the parsley.

And it’s all finished off with a bright lemon bacon maple dressing.


Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

It’s a salad that will give you one more reason to look forward to fall every year and all those delicious pears in season (which you can swap out the type of pear but if they have a thicker peel then peel them first).

This salad is the perfect reminder that everything is better with bacon. But really, I do love the way the pears and bacon compliment each other here.

It’s a match meant to be and a flavor combination I should be using more often.

Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

On a side note this is actually a salad that holds up well even after it’s had the dressing added for up to one hour – but keep in mind the pears edges can brown so if you want to add dressing to soften up the brussels sprouts a little first just wait to add those pears until later.

You know how those delicate pears go. The skin browns easy so once cut it doesn’t have long.

Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

This would be a perfect salad to serve at a party or at Thanksgiving but it’s also so delicious that you should be waiting for a celebration to roll around.

You should be making it today. And enjoying every delicious bite!

Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

And since it’s a more time consuming side dish (since you need to shred up all those brussels sprouts) you could serve it with a simple roasted chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken, like I’m known to do sometimes.

Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

And if you aren’t a fan of gorgonzola cheese I think goat cheese would also be a perfectly good substitution here. It’s not quite as pungent and it pairs perfectly well with pears and toasted pecans.

Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad


Pear Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

5 from 4 votes

A delicious autumn pear salad that's brimming with bacon, nutty toasted pecans, tangy gorgonzola cheese, all with a base of finely shredded raw brussels sprouts. So delicious! 

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 slices (6 oz.) bacon, chopped
  • 14 oz. brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed, shredded*
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 bartlett pears, cored and diced small
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese**
  • 2 Tbsp minced shallot


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp rendered bacon drippings
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook bacon in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until browned and just crisp, about 6 - 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to plate lined with paper towels to drain (it helps to use a spatula and press bacon against side of pan to drain excess bacon drippings back into the pan) and reserve rendered bacon drippings for dressing.

  2. In a large bowl toss together brussels sprouts, cooked bacon, parsley, pecans, pears, gorgonzola and shallots. Toss with dressing and serve. 

For the dressing:

  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl or shake together well in a jar. Stir or shake again just before pouring onto salad. Note if it's chilled it will need to be warmed just slightly as the bacon drippings solidify once chilled.

  2. *First half the brussels sprouts then thinly slice through the width so pieces will separate. 

    **If you prefer a more mild less pungent cheese goat cheese may be substituted.

  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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  • Renee: This was the absolute best salad I have made in recent years! At the Christmas party everyone wanted the recipe! I made two batches – 1 for party and 1 for family and received a text from my husband before I got to my destination with a ????
    I didn’t season with salt and pepper and used Italian leaf parsley and didn’t spare any expense for bacon or cheese. Thank you! December 15, 2017 at 9:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was a hit Renee! December 15, 2017 at 11:32am Reply

  • Karen: I just discovered your site and made this. I just could not wait for my pears to ripen! It was still delicious. November 6, 2017 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to have you following along Karen. Thanks for the great review! November 8, 2017 at 11:22am Reply

  • Sonia: This salad sounds amazing! I want to make for a thanksgiving dinner however some attendees do not eat meat. Any suggestions for a vegetarian version? TIA October 29, 2017 at 9:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’ll need to replace the bacon drippings with more oil then I’d just add some dried cranberries for color. Much different flavor but still very delicious. October 29, 2017 at 7:52pm Reply

  • Rica: I made this salad for dinner last night and served it alongside a simple pan seared chicken breast. I didn’t have shallots at my market so I substituted yellow onion and sauteed them in the bacon drippings for a warm cooked vinaigrette! My husband also doesn’t like blue cheese (which is so sad) so I substituted feta. October 26, 2017 at 4:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed and that the feta worked as well! Thanks for your review Rica! October 26, 2017 at 12:01pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: This is such a perfect fall salad – I love these flavors! :) October 26, 2017 at 12:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! October 27, 2017 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Marilou: I love brussels sprouts! Will be making this recipe soon. I make mostly sweet stuff but from time time I also like making savory recipes. Your blog has always been my go to for savory cooking. I just want to let you know that I follow your blog and I nominated you for One Lovely Blog award. I hope you will take time to share a little something about yourself and let us know more about the amazing cook behind all these delicious classy recipes. No monetary compensation, just my way of saying keep on sharing your recipes. I love them! Please take a look October 21, 2017 at 12:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoy my recipes and thanks for nominating me! :) October 21, 2017 at 1:55pm Reply

  • Oli: Wow this salad looks amazing and perfect for the holidays!

    ps: I love the board you used to take these photos. Do you min if I ask where do you buy it and what its name? Thanks ;-) October 20, 2017 at 9:05am Reply

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