Bejeweled Brussels Sprouts! (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Tonight’s recipes is one of my all time favorites ๐Ÿ™‚ And it’s coming to you both in recipe – and COOKING DEMONSTRATION VIDEO form!


Yup! You get to see 2012 – Caralyn. What a hoot.

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If you want to watch the video for my recipe, you can check it out below!

Oh my gosh, this was an incredible salad: Pan seared brussels sprouts with roasted beets, pistachios, and roasted grapes with a champagne vinaigrette. Sounds luxurious, eh?


And it’s Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo and Specific Carb diet friendly!


Here’s what you need: (Serves 1-2)

About 15 brussels sprouts, halved
1 beet, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
24-30 grapes
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup baby spinach/per person

3 Tbsp champagne vinegar
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
3 drops pure liquid stevia (or 1/2 tsp honey)
salt and pepper

Baking sheet
Extra Large skillet
Tin Foil – I use non-stock — it’s a game changer!
Good Chef’s Knife (Here’s the one I use and love)



Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prep your veggies. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with olive oil. Place your beet slices in a single layer. Do not season with salt and pepper yet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping one at 15 minutes. When you flip them after 15 minutes, add the grapes to the baking sheet and bake them with the beets for the remaining 15 minutes.

While they’re baking, cook your brussels sprouts. Heat 2 tsps – 1 Tbsp EVOO in a large skillet. Place them cut-side-down in a single layer in the pan and then let them sit and form a caramelized crust for about 4 minutes. Flip and let the other side get golden brown, about 3 more minutes. Finish with salt and pepper and set aside.

Next, whisk your dressing ingredients together and set aside.

After you take the beets and grapes out of the oven, let them cool slightly. Then, cut the beets into matchsticks.


Assemble your salad by placing your Brussels sprouts, beets, grapes and pistachios on a bed of baby spinach. Top with your dressing and dig in!


Holy cow, this was OUTRAGEOUS!! If you’ve never roasted grapes before, put your laptop down and do it now! They are SO incredible! I’m not even kidding, they taste like candy! They just brush in your mouth with this intensely sweet “grapey” flavor! You see, when they’re roasted, the sugars in the grape caramelize, creating this fabulous, complex, deep sweetness. That complimented the golden, crispy brussels sprouts, the earthy sweet beets, and the salty, crunchy pistachios! And then the champagne vinaigrette bathed everything in this sweet, bright dressing that had the slightest hint of grape!


And it was SO beautiful too! All the emerald colors made this a regal looking dish. The earthy green brussels sprouts, ruby red grapes, deep purple beets, jade pistachios, and deep green spinach. Picture perfect.

Needless to say, I thought this dish rocked! I WILL be making this dish again soon!

So much for a “humble” brussels sprout! This one stole the show!


You can watch my cooking demonstration for this recipe here:ย

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56 responses to “Bejeweled Brussels Sprouts! (Gluten Free & Vegan)”

  1. Hi Caralyn, I just view several of your videos on Youtube. Wonderful work! โค๏ธ Your meal sounds great, would love to try it but too much for a bachelor! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    • thank you! yeah, it’s a bit of an obscure ingredient/cooking method for grapes, but gosh, are they ever GOOD! definitely worth the extra effort! big hugs to you xx

  2. Cool recipe! I’ve never heard of roasting grapes before โ€“ gotta try it out!

    Btw thanks for checking out my site a few days ago โ€“ it means a lot to me when a huge blogger like you drops by ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks friend! Yeah, it is definitely a cool twist to roast them. I’m serious, they taste like candy! hah no prob! Have a great night! Hugs and love xox

  3. Just watched the video (and read the post above too)! Looks delicious! I first ate brussel sprouts about 3 or 4 years ago and they were similarly prepared on a pan. I shied away from them because of the bad rap and growing up in an Italian household where it really wasn’t in any thing my mom or dad prepared for us. Having them cooked this way obliterated my misconceptions of them. I can only imagine what it’d taste like with the grapes, pistachios, beats and champagne vinegar (I didn’t know there was such a thing)! My mouth is watering just thinking of it.

    • Thanks Joe! I appreciate you taking the time to watch! Haha i was such a younginโ€™ haha Yeah! They were really enjoyable! Hope you give them another try:) hehe Hugs and love xox

    • Hahhaha oh man, Brad, you just havenโ€™t had them cooked the right way, then!! Theyโ€™re my favorite food!!! Hugs and love xox

      • True story: when we were kids, my mom tried to torture us with brussel sprouts. I resisted so she said, “Look, your sister will eat them.” So she gives one to my sister who takes one small bite and then throws it across the room.
        I have no regrets.

      • Hahahha i like your sisterโ€™s style hahah ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  4. The grapes would definitely be a twist for me. Never thought of using in a meal like that. I love them anyways. Might have to try them that way.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! Yeah itโ€™s definitely a delicious twist. Natureโ€™s candy! Haha Hugs and love xox

    • Hahaha thatโ€™s funny! Believe me it tastes better than it looks! Ahah thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

      • Hahahha i know, i was feeling ultra respectful today. Plus my brotherโ€™s a doctor so i know how hard you worked to get those two letters! Haha same to you, friend. I hope you have a truly beautiful and merry Christmas. Xoxo

  5. Thank You for this! Been wondering what to take to Christmas dinner this year. I’m vegetarian and my boyfriend’s sister needs gluten free. Cool beans!!! Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much! Oh yes! This would be a beautiful Christmas dinner! Not only is it delish but the red and green color would be perfect for a. Christmas table ๐Ÿ™‚ Cool beans indeed! Hugs and love xox

  6. Hahahahaha โ€œJust doesnโ€™t that sound sexyโ€… Love the video and looks delicious…. I am with you Brussels sprouts are awesome! And so is kale… Any body that says other wise is well CRAZY!

    • hahaha thank you so much Izzy!! And thanks for watching the video! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so with you on that! so glad you stopped by. Hugs and love xox

  7. This sounds amazing! I would never have thought of roasting grapes, and sadly this time of the year they look sad, or I’d have just had to go roast and see hahaha. Do I see a cook book in your future?? Loved the video, Your directions are great but a video is always helpful. God Bless you, Caralyn. I am loving the recipes. And yes, you have to get that “perfect” bite. It’s a must for a first bite :):)

    • thank you so much Margaret! yes! roasting grapes is such a fun twist on an old standby. truly makes them taste like candy! aww, thank you! I actually already have a cookbook out, believe it or not! It’s called “The Best of GlutenFreeHappyTummy” and it’s available on Kindle and Amazon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for watching the video! have an awesome day! Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you so much! Yes I am! ๐Ÿ™‚ I follow the vegan version of the Specific Carb Diet because I have Ulcerative Colitis and it has kept me in remission for seven years! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

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