15 Fresh Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

15 Fresh Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

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Faith Durand
Nov 19, 2012
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? (Images: See linked recipes for full image credits)
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