This year, be the hero who squeezes a salad into the mix of stuffing, mashed potatoes, carbolicious casseroles, and turkey. In a sea of starches and indulgent desserts, salads add a refreshing balance to the holiday meal.
From simple arugula and kale salads to our official Thanksgiving slaw, here are 25 fresh salads to bring to the Thanksgiving table.
This festive slaw, studded with toasted almonds and dried cranberries, uses hearty shredded cabbage as a base so it can stand the test of time on the Thanksgiving table without wilting.
Add a pop of color to your Thanksgiving spread with a colorful salad composed of shredded collard leaves, purple cabbage, and crisp and juicy pomegranate arils.
This full-bodied salad mixed with tender barley, earthy beets, chard, and feta will fit right in with the rest of the holiday sides.
This light and crunchy carrot salad offers a nice contrast to the heavier sides that fill the table.
This roasted squash salad, tossed with red cabbage and crisp apples, is dressed with a warm vinaigrette that makes it really stand out.
It only has three ingredients, but this simple salad brings a sweet and peppery bite that will fit right in with your Thanksgiving lineup.
This salad swaps delicate greens for a sturdy mix of radicchio, fennel, radish, and kohlabri, which is balanced by a briny anchovy vinaigrette.
If you're game for something a little untraditional, this salad will help you get more veggies on the table while skipping the greens.
Don't save three-bean salad for the summertime. Pearl couscous soaks up the mustard vinaigrette without getting mushy, and fragrant herbs help this salad feel vibrant and fresh.
Take advantage of early season citrus and make this beautiful blood orange salad. Mint leaves and bits of pistachio make it feel elegant and celebratory.
Lean on your food processor to help bring this salad together in minutes, or reach for bagged broccoli slaw for a smart, time-saving shortcut.
For a sturdy salad that doesn't completely ditch the greens, try this combo of wild rice and lettuces. It's dressed with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette to complement the nutty wild rice.
Broiling tames cabbage's assertive taste and mellows the crunchy bite for a savory salad that can be served warm or at room temperature.
The shining star of this make-ahead lentil salad is the sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses dressing that ties it all together.
Treat the hearty kale leaves and croutons to some time on the grill (or a grill pan) for a rustic green salad with a smoky twist.
Shredded kohlrabi and cabbage join forces for an ultra-crisp salad that you can make the night before. The maple-lemon dressing will be right at home on the Thanksgiving table next to sweet potatoes and stuffing.
All it takes is a tumble of peppery arugula and sweet shaved fennel to mix up a simple salad that everyone will enjoy.
If you can't find pummelo at the market just yet, swap in grapefruit for this tart and peppery salad.
Sorghum is the gluten-free grain that brings volume to this roasted squash salad. It's mixed with fresh herbs, sweet raisins, and crunchy pumpkin seeds for a taste of the season.
If Brussels sprouts are a must at Thanksgiving, reconsider how you bring them to the table. Trading crispy roasted sprouts for this shredded salad is an easy swap when a rich brown butter dressing is involved.
This sweet, citrusy, and crunchy salad is exactly how to loop kale into your Thanksgiving feast. It comes together in a pinch and, thanks to kale's hearty leaves, can be made ahead of time so all the flavors have a chance to meld.
This colorful slaw mixed with carrot, apple, cauliflower, and a tangy vinaigrette is a nice counterpoint to the heavier sides on the table. Use any leftovers in your next-day turkey sandwich.
For an earthy salad with a sweet touch, look to marinated baby beets and quick-roasted carrots. A creamy Greek yogurt and herb dressing brings it all together.
Made with mixed greens, radicchio, and a honey-lemon vinaigrette, this timeless salads goes with any meal — Thanksgiving included.