These salads add crunch, color, and variety to your Thanksgiving menu. They also free up your oven on its busiest day of the year
Fuyu persimmons and pomegranates add autumn color and a sweet-tart punch to bitter chicories (frisée and radicchio).
Recipe: Chicory Salad with Persimmons, Pomegranates, and Walnuts
Parsley leaves are tossed with slightly bitter chicories, pickled squash, and an apple cider vinaigrette for a palate-cleansing salad.
Recipe: Chicory Salad with Pickled Squash
A big, colorful salad is a welcome sight at Thanksgiving. The rich cheese and ginger–apple cider dressing unites the fruit with the greens.
Recipe: Fall Greens and Apple Salad
Turnips shaved thin are an unexpected sweet addition to this salad from San Francisco Chef Ryan Pollnow of Aatxe restaurant.
Recipe: Arugula Pear Salad
This Thanksgiving, serve Brussels sprouts raw for a light, crisp version of the fall favorite.
Recipe: Brussels Sprout Salad with Pecorino and Tangerines
The rich cheese and ginger-apple cider dressing unites the fruit with the greens.
Recipe: Fall Greens and Pear Salad
Kale is perfect with apples and walnuts. This salad is a surefire hit at a potluck Thanksgiving.
Recipe: Kale and Apple Salad with Walnut Dressing
Cookbook author Deborah Madison always brings out the best in every vegetable. Shallot vinaigrette and crumbled blue cheese are deliciously refreshing with Belgian endive.
Recipe: Belgian Endive Salad with Blue Cheese
Sweet and savory come together in this picture-perfect salad. Diced Meyer lemon peel makes it extra zippy.
Recipe: Fall Greens Persimmon Salad
Beautifully browned onions and mushrooms are the base for a rich, warm dressing that lightly wilts the spinach for a hearty fall salad.
Recipe: Warm Walnut Spinach Salad
Cookbook author Andrea Nguyen and her family serve this crunchy Vietnamese-flavored slaw the day after Thanksgiving with leftovers. But we think it’s worthy of a spot on the holiday menu.
Recipe: Cabbage, Cashew, and Fennel Salad
Warm and earthy roasted mushrooms are extra yummy when combined with slightly bitter chicories (escarole and radicchio).
Recipe: Mushrooms, Chicory, and Celery-Root Salad
This salad shot with burts of citrus adds brightness to your Thanksgiving table.
Recipe: Fall Greens and Orange Salad
The dressing, made with roasted walnut oil, unfiltered apple juice, and apple cider vinegar, makes this salad of crisp apples and nutty arugula extra memorable.
Recipe: Apple-Fennel Salad with Walnuts
Bright, lemony, and complex preserved lemons give this beautiful salad a lift.
Recipe: Arugula, Fennel, and Preserved Lemon Salad
Sweet pears, crunchy pecans, and sharp blue cheese are united by Champagne vinaigrette sweetened with a touch of maple syrup.
Recipe: Asian Pear Salad with Pecans
Vegetarians or vegans will love this hearty salad with smoky flavor.
Recipe: Brussels Sprouts and Wheat Berry Slaw with Smoked Paprika
Nuts, pomegranate seeds, and a generous amount of fresh herbs elevate mixed greens.
Recipe: Fall Salad with Nuts and Pomegranates