15 Fresh Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

Recipe Roundup from The Kitchn

It has become something of a tradition for us to talk about salad right now, days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, Thanksgiving is a literal feast of heavy, delicious foods like mashed potatoes swimming in butter (see our luxurious recipe here) and the sweetest flaky pies. But I think that a good salad is also essential.

Not for any misplaced concerns for health or a balanced diet (this is a once-a-year affair, after all) but for pleasure. A well-mixed salad provides a pop of color on the buffet, and its crisp flavors complement and enhance everything else on the table.

So here are a few of our favorites, from a beautiful kale and citrus mix, to fennel tossed with beets, to a simple roasted cabbage slaw with lemon. There's a classic Southern coleslaw, and our guide to the perfect side salad. Even if everything else on your table is planned out, it's not too late to add in a pretty and refreshing salad!

TOP ROW
• 1 Roasted Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts & Lemon
• 2 Fresh Fennel and Lemon Slaw
• 3 Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw
• 4 Cabbage Beet Coleslaw
• 5 Kale Salad with Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon

MIDDLE ROW
• 6 Oi Muchim (Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad)
• 7 Winter-to-Spring Salad
• 8 Crunchy Peanut Slaw
• 9 Orange, Olive, and Fennel Salad
• 10 Tri-Color Slaw with Lime Dressing

BOTTOM ROW
• 11 Warm Golden Beet Salad with Greens and Almonds
• 12 Fennel, Beet, and Orange Salad
• 13 Celery and Grapefruit Salad with Parmesan
• 14 Roasted Squash and Arugula Salad with Pecans, Bacon, and Goat Cheese
• 15 Asian Pear, Fresh Date, and Pomegranate Salad

Do you put a salad on the Thanksgiving table? Or do you skip it for cooked vegetables like Brussels sprouts?

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