These oven roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar, grapes, & figs make for a perfect healthy holiday side dish or even as a regular weeknight dinner! With just a handful of ingredients, you’ll have this made in no time!
There’s something about a bowl of caramelized sticky roasted Brussel sprouts – with their tiny little leaves all crispy and golden. I just can’t help myself when I get my hands on them.
Brussel sprouts are in season right now, and they are perfect as holiday side dishes. They’re also just great for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you’re like me and obsessed with the little guys. These Brussel Sprouts with balsamic vinegar will make you even MORE in love.
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Why This Recipe Works
Brussel sprouts get a bad rep but with this Brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar recipe, you’ll have people reaching for seconds. They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and are so flavourful.
You don’t need that many ingredients to make this. While these ingredients are on the seasonal side, they’re relatively easy to find!
This Brussel sprouts recipe is also very versatile. They work for everyday weeknight dinners but they’re great for entertaining as they look super fancy without much effort. You can also easily double or triple the recipe for a crowd.
Brussel Sprouts – The Brussel sprouts are trimmed and halved for this recipe. To do so, simply slice off and discard the bottom end of each Brussel sprout and then remove any wilted or discoloured leaves on the outside. Then cut them in half from top to bottom.
Red Grapes – Make sure you get the seedless grapes. You don’t want your guests or family to awkwardly spit out the seeds while they’re enjoying this Brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar recipe.
Age Balsamic Vinegar – You want a quality balsamic vinegar for this recipe and a little goes a long way.
Figs – Thanks to the natural sweetness in the fruit and balsamic, there isn’t any need to add copious amounts of sugar as we see in other holiday sides. Figs are such a delicious seasonal addition to this recipe.
Candied Pecans – This gives your dish a nice crunch!
How To Make This Recipe
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 F and toss the Brussel sprouts, grapes and figs with the olive oil.
Step 2: Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Roast for about 30-35 minutes, turning the Brussel sprouts at least once to evenly roast with some tongs.
Step 3: Once the Brussel sprouts are caramelized, and the grapes and figs are slightly shrivelled, remove from the oven, and coat with the aged balsamic vinegar. Top with the candied pecans and serve this roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic recipe while still warm.
Roasting Brussel sprouts allows them to caramelize and develop a ton of flavour all on their own, so you also don’t need to add a ton of fat. A little bit of olive oil is enough!
Don’t be worried that you are burning the Brussel sprouts. There is so much flavour from a caramelized sprout that you’re going to want to let them darken in colour.
Brussel sprouts have lots of fibre and antioxidants so this is a great side dish to have to balance out heavier holiday mains.
Here are some common questions I get with this oven roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar recipe!
If you don’t have thyme, rosemary works as well. Alternatively, if you can’t get fresh herbs, you can substitute with dried herbs.
If your sprouts aren’t caramelizing, you might be overcrowding your pan. Try a larger sheet pan such as this one.
You’re welcome to substitute the candied pecans for anything your heart desires. Any candied nut works or you can skip it if you want.
More Recipes You May Like
Did you enjoy this recipe for oven roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar and want more vegan recipes for the holiday season? Try these ones linked down below!
- Vegan Corn Spooonbread | Gluten Free Easy Side Dish for a Crowd
- Cauliflower Tots (Easy Air Fryer Recipe)
- Apple Chutney with Beets & Ginger
- Sweet Potato Grilled Cheese Bites (Gluten Free, Grain Free)
- Roasted Broccoli Salad with Orange Tahini Dressing (Vegan)
- Za’atar Honey Roasted Carrots with Creamy Hummus Sauce
Have you tried these Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar? What are some of your healthier go-to holiday sides? Leave me a comment below with your top picks!
Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar | Vegan+ Gluten Free
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Toss the Brussel sprouts, grapes and figs with the olive oil and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
- Roast for about 30-35 minutes, turning the Brussels sprouts at least once to evenly roast.
- Once the Brussel sprouts are caramelized, and the grapes and figs are slightly shriveled, remove from the oven, and coat with the aged balsamic vinegar.
- Top with the candied pecans and serve warm.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.