12 Thanksgiving Salad Recipes

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These top Thanksgiving salad recipes are full of big flavor and seasonal produce! They’ll wow everyone around the table.

When it comes to Thanksgiving sides, the star doesn’t have to be the gravy, stuffing or mashed potatoes. These days, another category is king: the Thanksgiving salad! That’s right, the salad can be one of the more delicious things on your plate on this massive food holiday. Because here’s the thing: it’s bright, colorful, vibrant and textured, with sweet tart, savory and tangy ingredients that are the ideal contrast to those mushy brown entrees and sides.

Here are our top Thanksgiving salad recipes that highlight the produce of the season. From apples to pears, sweet potatoes to squash, and pomegranate to beets: there’s something every eater will be excited about.

And now…our top Thanksgiving salad recipes!

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12 Thanksgiving Salads: Apple Salad & More!

Sonja Overhiser

Prep Time:
20 minutes

Cook Time:
0 minutes

Total Time:
20 minutes


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This easy apple salad recipe is a delight, starring crisp fruit, greens, cheese crumbles, and a zingy maple vinaigrette.


For the salad

1 crisp tart apple (like Pink Lady)
8 cups mixed greens or tender lettuces (like butter or Bibb lettuce, frisee, etc)
¼ cup candied pecans or toasted pecans
¼ cup goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles
¼ cup pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries
Optional: chopped fresh thyme, for garnish

For the maple vinaigrette dressing (use 6 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons apple cider or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons olive oil
Fresh ground black pepper (optional)


If using, prepare the candied pecans in advance (or use purchased).
Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. (If desired, make in advance and refrigerate up to 2 weeks; bring to room temperature prior to serving).
Thinly slice the apple.
Place the greens on a large platter or individual plates. Top with apple slices, candied pecans, goat cheese or feta crumbles, and pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries. Top with about 6 tablespoons of the dressing (or more as desired) and serve immediately. (To make ahead, keep all components separate with fresh ingredients and dressing refrigerated. Toss the apples with lemon juice to prevent browning. Bring dressing to room temperature and add all ingredients together directly before serving.)

Category: Side dishMethod: No CookCuisine: SaladDiet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Thanksgiving salad, Thanksgiving salad recipes

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