25 Salads to Serve on Thanksgiving

25 Salads to Serve on Thanksgiving

Kelli Foster
Nov 14, 2016

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.

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1. Thanksgiving Slaw

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.

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2. Collard Green Slaw

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.

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3. Golden Beet and Barley Salad with Rainbow Chard

This full-bodied salad mixed with tender barley, earthy beets, chard, and feta will fit right in with the rest of the holiday sides.

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4. Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous Salad

Salad doesn't have to be synonymous with greens. Pick up a bag of riced cauliflower (or blitz your own) for the base of this Mediterranean-inspired salad.

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5. Carrot Tahini Salad

This light and crunchy carrot salad offers a nice contrast to the heavier sides that fill the table.

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6. Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Warm Pickled Onion Dressing

This roasted squash salad, tossed with red cabbage and crisp apples, is dressed with a warm vinaigrette that makes it really stand out.

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7. Arugula, Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

It only has three ingredients, but this simple salad brings a sweet and peppery bite that will fit right in with your Thanksgiving lineup.

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8. Bar Tartine's Chicory Salad with Anchovy Dressing

This salad swaps delicate greens for a sturdy mix of radicchio, fennel, radish, and kohlabri, which is balanced by a briny anchovy vinaigrette.

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9. Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

If you're game for something a little untraditional, this salad will help you get more veggies on the table while skipping the greens.

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10. 3-Bean Israeli Couscous Salad

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.

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11. Sicilian-Inspired Blood Orange Salad

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.

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12. Light & Easy Broccoli Salad

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.

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13. Wild Rice and Mixed Greens Salad

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.

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14. Roasted Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts & Lemon

Broiling tames cabbage's assertive taste and mellows the crunchy bite for a savory salad that can be served warm or at room temperature.

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15. Colorful Lentil Salad with Walnuts & Herbs

The shining star of this make-ahead lentil salad is the sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses dressing that ties it all together.

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16. Garlicky Grilled Kale Salad with Grilled Bread

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.

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17. Kohlrabi and Cabbage Salad with Maple-Lemon Dressing

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.

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18. Arugula & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

All it takes is a tumble of peppery arugula and sweet shaved fennel to mix up a simple salad that everyone will enjoy.

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19. Pummelo, Fennel & Radish Salad

If you can't find pummelo at the market just yet, swap in grapefruit for this tart and peppery salad.

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20. Spiced Butternut Squash and Sorghum Salad with Raisins & Pepitas

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.

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21. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Hazelnuts & Brown Butter Dressing

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.

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22. Kale & Quinoa Salad with Dates, Almonds & Citrus Dressing

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.

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23. Apple Cabbage Salad with Brown Sugar Cider Vinaigrette

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.

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24. Marinated Baby Beet and Carrot Salad with Yogurt Ranch Dressing

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.

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25. Lemony Green Salad with Radicchio & Pepitas

Made with mixed greens, radicchio, and a honey-lemon vinaigrette, this timeless salads goes with any meal — Thanksgiving included.

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