30 Thanksgiving-Worthy Salad Recipes
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we constantly find ourselves mesmerizing about the perfectly golden turkey, cornbread dressing to die for, and the irresistible pound cake. We all know too well that the “one plate limit” quickly goes out the door once that holiday aroma hits us, and we immediately find ourselves much more hungry than we originally thought the second we step into the kitchen. However, those feelings can be combated with a delicious and hearty Thanksgiving salad recipe that will leave you satisfied without all the guilt. There’s no need to pass on the ingredients we crave all year to eat a boring salad that will quickly turn the holiday drab. Use cranberries, sweet potatoes, apples, and other favorite holiday ingredients to make a dazzling salad that won’t give you the holiday blues. Our best Thanksgiving salad recipes will have you feeling just as satisfied as you would with the traditional dishes, but with much less guilt and bloating. Good news: There’s no need to wear the stretchy pants this year, and these salads are so good you’ll be craving more. Second helping, here we come!
Roasted Pumpkin-and-Baby Kale Salad
Looking for new ways to incorporate pumpkin into your spread? This salad is fit for the fall season.
Red Potato Salad
Recipe: Red Potato Salad
This chunky potato salad has a savory twist from smoky bacon and fresh herbs.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
Add some fruit to your bed of greens for a delicious, juicy treat.
Recipe: Carrot-and-Fennel Salad
Carrots are a fall vegetable favorite and really shine in this herbed salad.
Apple, Celery, and Romaine Salad with Pancetta and Blue Cheese
Substitute bacon for pancetta for this Thanksgiving-worthy salad.
Festive Cranberry-Walnut Salad
Recipe: Festive Cranberry-Walnut Salad
If you need a refreshing treat in between turkey and stuffing bites then try this flavorful fruit salad.
Hot Potato Salad
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad
Even better than cold potato salad and made specifically for the holidays.
Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad
Recipe: Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad
This vibrant concoction will provide a colorful element to the Thanksgiving table.
Spiked Cranberry-Orange Salad
Recipe: Spiked Cranberry-Orange Salad
This festive, tart cranberry salad can be used to pour over turkey or even on vanilla ice-cream for dessert.
Roasted Beet-and-Citrus Salad with Honey-Orange Vinaigrette
An easy recipe that is bursting with zesty flavors and bright colors.
Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken
Recipe: Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken
Top off this dreamy salad with pecans and a light vinaigrette to serve alongside the turkey.
Shaved Carrot, Asparagus, and Apple Salad
This salad acts more like a fresh veggie slaw. Add seasonal fruit such as apples and pears to complete this dish.
Quick Chopped Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Tangy Potato-Green Bean Salad
Recipe: Tangy Potato-Green Bean Salad
Add a little bit of tang to your Thanksgiving table with this lemon-dill dressed potato salad.
Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta, and Dried Cherries
This flavorful fall salad is light enough to serve alongside the main dish.
Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Apples
Recipe: Citrus-Kale Salad
Roasted Vegetable Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Fresh Pear-and-Green Bean Salad with Sorghum Vinaigrette
Bloody Mary Green Bean Salad
Recipe: Bloody Mary Green Bean Salad
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm
Recipe: Kale-and-Collards Salad
Recipe: Fennel-Apple Slaw
Ambrosia with Apples
Recipe: Ambrosia with Apples
Green Beans with Citrus and Pecans
Grilled Sweet Potato-Poblano Salad
Recipe: New Ambrosia
Cobb Potato Salad
Recipe: Cobb Potato Salad