The hardest part about Thanksgiving dinner? Choosing sides. (For the plate, not the game.) But one side dish can be all-to-easy to overlook: the salad. It can feel like an afterthought!
To help make every dish on the sideboard as tempting as possible.So we've assembled our favorite hearty Thanksgiving salad recipes. These are sturdy enough to hold their own on a piled-up plate and flavorful enough to be worth adding.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Warm Apple Cider Dressing
Skip the roasted sprouts side this year, and serve 'em up as a salad instead. Trust us: One bit of this tangy, richy, cider-and-bacon laced dish and the family won't let you make them any other way.
Leek, Mushroom, and Escarole Salad
Calling all mushroom lovers! Your favorite mix, liberally drizzled in a delicious vinaigrette, is the reason to make this.
Escarole Salad with Oranges, Pistachios, and Pickled Onions
We can't get over how well-balanced this wintry citrus salad is, with sweet slices of fruit, tart pickled onions, and earthy nuts topping the mildly bitter greens.
Roasted Pear, Sweet Potato, and Radicchio Salad
Here's a salad that'll stand up to all the other sides on your plate. Crunchy seeds and rich blue cheese make this a real flavorful addition.
The Casa Wedge Salad
Want to make salad it's own course at the Thanksgiving feast? A wedge salad is a classic choice. We love this version, which has a kicky Creamy Avocado Dressing.
Big Green Winter Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Come holiday time it's easy to get focused on the main dishes and heavier sides—your turkey, your stuffing, your casseroles—and forget about the salad. With sweet golden beets, lightly toasted pine nuts, and a kicky vinaigrette all on a bed of hearty kale, this recipe is here to change all that.
Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Cranberries and Quinoa
This beauty takes a little work, but you can make most of the elements a few days—or even a week—ahead. And the "oohs" and "ahhs" you'll get from the table will be worth it.
Acorn Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
Fun fact: Salad doesn't necessarily mean raw.
Case in point: This rustic roasted squash sensation, peppered with baby kale and drizzled with a dip-worthy dressing.
Winter Citrus Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette
Three kinds of citrus give this crunchy salad a ton of fun flavors!
Simple Green Salad
Some Feta and mild green olives give this light side salad a lot of oomph. Get the freshest greens you can find and dress them simply in lemon and oil.
Winter Greens Salad
Rosemary-Parm croutons, a citrus-maple dressing, and all our favorite winter greens—kale, chard, collards—give this salad enough heft that it'll easily hold its own with the turkey and mashed potatoes.
Southwest Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Looking for a way to add cornbread to the table? This'll do it.
Grilled Mushroom Panzanella with Tomato Vinaigrette
Bread salad with a variety of toasty mushrooms—make this a part of your grilled Thanksgiving menu.
Bibb Salad with Pickled Onion, Fennel, and Plums
Here's a light side salad that's nevertheless long on flavor.
Grilled Corn Salad with Feta, Walnuts, and Shallot
Corn is a Thanksgiving staple, but that doesn't mean that it has to be on the cob!
Brown sugar and toasted pecans give this fruity salad some extra flavor and crunch.
The purpose of a Thanksgiving salad is to give your guests a break from the heavier fare on the table. That's why we love the idea of dressing yours with a simple, tangy red wine vinaigrette, loading it with crunchy Persian cucumbers, and topping it all off with a smattering of local parsley, basil, and fennel.
Composed Waldorf Salad
Add color into your family's Thanksgiving dinner with this refined version of the classic Waldorf salad.
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette
This may be the ultimate Thanksgiving salad. Crispy roasted sprouts combine with mixed lettuce, crunchy apples, toasted almonds, and nutty asiago cheese, all topped with a sweet vinaigrette. Trust us, the bowl will quickly get emptied.
Roasted Mushrooms and Radicchio
For those who enjoy bold flavors, this mix of bitter radicchio tamed with earthy mushrooms and a sweet balsamic dressing is the perfect celebration.
Winter Chopped Salad
We're pretty sure there isn't a more appropriate salad to place on your fall menu than one that's packed with cold-weather vegetables. This one features beets, cauliflower, cucumber, and more.
Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad
Searching for a new way to serve sweet potatoes during Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than this salad that pairs the root vegetable with cauliflower.
Honey-Drizzled Citrus Salad with Pistachio-Poppy Seed Granola
This gorgeous fruit salad will bring a bright pop of color to the table, as well as offering some tart flavors to help counter the starchier sides.
Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey
You'll be amazed how great this salad tastes with only six ingredients and 30 minutes of prep time.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
Chopped apple, hazelnuts, and Pecorino cheese...plus Brussels sprouts? Sign us up!
Apple-Walnut Spinach Salad
This classic fall salad would fit with any Thanksgiving feast. Apples, walnuts, and a maple vinaigrette make it extra yummy.
Green Salad with Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing
Complemented by fresh tarragon and crisp butter lettuce, there's no doubt that these roasted carrots will be a real crowd-pleaser.
Tossed Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Of course, one of the best salads is the most classic: Tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, and cucumber in a tangy homemade dressing.
Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad
Marinated and grilled, this hot-salad assembly of veggies will help you feel better about digging into all those Thanksgiving sweets after dinner.
Farro-and-Acorn Squash Salad
Though we love this picnic-ready grain salad for warm weekends outdoors, it's also hearty and delicious as a make-ahead Thanksgiving salad
You Might Also Like