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Thanksgiving Salads

16 Great Seasonal Thanksgiving Salads


A tossed green salad is always nice, but add a bit more flair and flavor to your Thanksgiving table with these Thanksgiving salads. Most of these can be made ahead and travel well, making them as perfect for potlucks as they are for busy cooks. Of course, if you decide to go with a tossed salad make sure to check out this guide to Perfect Tossed Salad.

Looking for something beyond the salad? Check out these delicious and seasonal Thanksgiving Recipes.

1. Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Yes, you can eat brussels sprouts raw. In fact, fresh tender ones are delicious - even at their nutty best - when used uncooked. This salad is simply shaved brussels sprouts, mint, marcona almonds, shredded parmesan cheese, and a spicy vinaigrette. It's bright and clean flavors are great alongside a simple roasted turkey.

2. Celery Mint Salad

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Celery Mint Salad is a simple mix of thinly sliced celery, plenty of fresh mint, a bit of green onion, and a splash of vinegar. The final salad tastes much greater than the sum of its parts.

3. Celery Root Salad

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Shredded, blanched celery root makes a mild, versatile Thanksgiving salad in this simple recipe. This classic French salad is delicious on its own, served on lettuce leaves, as part of a composed salad, or as a sort of relish accompaniment with the roast turkey.

4. Endive & Walnut Salad

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Crispy endive and crunchy walnuts make a lovely, fall salad.

5. Escarole & Roasted Beet Salad

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Toss crisp escarole and sweet beets to create an easy, delicious salad perfect with the rich and heavy Thanksgiving feast.

6. Gingery Celery & Red Onion Salad

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Toss simply sliced celery and red onion with a bit of ginger and rice vinegar for a crisp, refreshing salad. Its bright flavors are the perfect foil for the rich dishes served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

7. Green Beans With Mint and Jalapenos

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Give fresh steamed green beans a bright, hot kick in the pants with this minted jalapeno marinade. This salad can be made ahead to great effect.

8. Marinated Green Bean Salad

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Crisp-tender steamed green beans tossed with a shallot-y vinaigrette make a snappy Marinated Green Bean Salad that is as much side dish as it is salad. Note to cooks: This salad can be made hours ahead and travels beautifully.

9. Pear Fennel Walnut Salad

Pear Fennel Walnut Salad
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Sweet pears, crispy fennel, and crunchy walnuts make a beautiful and delicious (not to mention easy) addition to the Thanksgiving salad. Note: tosse the sliced pears with plenty of lemon jucie to keep them from browning!

10. Persimmon Arugula Salad

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Mild sweet persimmons brighten up peppery arugula in this simple, pretty salad that will brighten (and lighten) any Thanksgiving buffet.

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