7 Salads to Lighten Up Your Thanksgiving Feast

November  7, 2015

The potatoes are mashed, the green beans are casserole-d, and the turkey is roasted. Your Thanksgiving heavy-hitters are planned and ready, and they're going to be amazing. But let us offer a small suggestion: Make room on your table for a salad.

We know: Thanksgiving is not the time to be virtuous with food choices. We're all for second helpings of mashed potatoes and pies of every kind. We're not telling you to eat salad for the sake of your waistline; we're telling you for the sake of your palate. Because those perfectly constructed bites of turkey, potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, and gravy are all the more satisfying when alternated with light bites of crunchy, crispy greens.

Bonus points? With all this healthiness happening on your plate, you'll have more room for extra helpings of pie

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Kale Salad with Apples and Hazelnuts from Amanda Hesser



Ginger Miso Salad from TheSkinnyGoose

ginger miso salad


Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette from brigidc 

arugula salad


Sweet, Salty, Crunchy, Zingy Apple and Celery Salad from fiveandspice 

apple salad


Northern Spy's Kale Salad from Genius Recipes



Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon, and Pecorino from Merrill Stubbs

shaved brussels sprout salad


Shaved Celery and Fennel Salad from maryvelasquez 


Has salad always had a place on your Thanksgiving table? Share your holiday greens formula in the comments.

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Marian Bull

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Jordan1324 November 7, 2015
At our house it's always that Southern salad of finely chopped raw broccoli, dried cranberries plumped in warm cider vinegar, red onion and crumbled bacon, dressed with a sweet/sour vinaigrette that includes cider vinegar, bottled mayonnaise and a bit of sugar.