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Bright, Vibrant Greens for the Thanksgiving Table

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The Thanksgiving table tends to be overwhelmed by one color in particular: beige. Turkey, mashed potatoes, yeasty rolls—all delicious, all covetable, and all, well, various shades of brown.

Which is all fine and good! This is, after all, a holiday that is chiefly focused around food (and, I suppose, giving thanks), so balance is not exactly a top priority. However, a little bit of green goes a long way to offset mountains of cheese, butter, and carbohydrates, adding a dose of freshness and vivacity to the table.

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If you're stuck on how to make holiday-worthy green sides that your guests will actually want to eat, look no further than our Thanksgiving Automagic Menu Maker! Use this handy (and, we must say, fun) tool to create a custom Thanksgiving spread, mixing and matching some of our favorite holiday recipes to create a menu just for you. We've rounded up our favorites from the greens section of the tool (plus a few bonus ones), starring broccoli (cheesy and not), leafy, fresh salads, the crispiest brussels sprouts, rich, bitter greens, and the turkey day fan favorite: green beans! Both in casserole form and in some less-traditional guises. Go forth, go green, and break up the beige.

Salads and the like

Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette
Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette
Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully’s Burnt Green Onion Dip with Curly Kale

Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully’s Burnt Green Onion Dip ... by Genius Recipes

Roasted Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa

Roasted Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa by Marian Bull

Radicchio Salad
Radicchio Salad
Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese
Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese

Broccoli

Blissed-Out Crispy Cheesy Broccoli Sheet Pan Gratin
Blissed-Out Crispy Cheesy Broccoli Sheet Pan Gratin
Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins
Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins
My Husband's Broccoli-Nut Salad

My Husband's Broccoli-Nut Salad by janeofmanytrade

Roasted Broccoli with Cauliflower, Pomegranates & Tahini

Roasted Broccoli with Cauliflower, Pomegranates & Tahini by Jodi Moreno

Roasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing
Roasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

leafy greens

Zesty and Zippy Tangled Collards
Zesty and Zippy Tangled Collards
Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk by Gena Hamshaw

Swiss Chard Agrodolce

Swiss Chard Agrodolce by Meatballs&Milkshakes

Creamed Spinach and Parsnips
Creamed Spinach and Parsnips
Lacinato Kale Gratin
Lacinato Kale Gratin

Green beans

Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Green Beans and Mushrooms with Tehina, Lentils, and Garlic Chips

Green Beans and Mushrooms with Tehina, Lentils, and Garli... by Kenzi Wilbur

Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts

Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts by Genius Recipes

Chopped Kitchen Sink Salad with Yogurt Dressing & Bottarga
Chopped Kitchen Sink Salad with Yogurt Dressing & Bottarga

Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Sriracha
Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Sriracha
Brussels Sprouts Caesar
Brussels Sprouts Caesar
Julia Child's Brussels Sprouts with Braised Chestnuts

Julia Child's Brussels Sprouts with Braised Chestnuts by Food52

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Garlic Croutons

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Garlic Croutons by Merrill Stubbs

Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds and Lemon
Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds and Lemon

What green sides always have a spot on your Thanksgiving table? Are there any you're eager to try out this year? Tell us in the comments!

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

Tags: thanksgiving, greens, vegetarian sides, holiday