15 Fresh Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

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.

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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!

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

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