Thanksgiving Salads

Kick off your Thanksgiving feast with one of these light and flavorful autumnal salads.

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Winter Panzanella    

Panzanella is a favorite on holiday tables, because it can be made hours in advance and gets better over time. Soak the onion in sherry vinegar before cooking it, to remove some of its harsh bite.

Get the Recipe: Winter Panzanella

Crunchy Sweet Brussels Sprout Salad

When cooked quickly over high heat, thinly sliced Brussels sprouts take on a popcornlike flavor. The addition of walnuts and cranberries brings enough sweetness and crunch to take this dish over the top.

Get the Recipe: Crunchy Sweet Brussels Sprout Salad

Caramelized Fennel and Pancetta Salad

When cooked together, pancetta and fennel mellow each other’s flavors, allowing both of them to take on a smoky, caramelized flavor. Serve them warm over greens for a bright salad that’s addictive and comforting all at once.

Get the Recipe: Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad

Pomegranate + Arugula Salad

Tyler includes thick pomegranate molasses in the vinaigrette for this aril-studded salad, giving the seasonal starter doubly tangy flavor. Savory shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano and toasted walnuts round out the easy dish.

Get the Recipe: Pomegranate, Arugula Salad

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops

Top an arugula-balsamic salad with sweet scallops baked with a tomato-basil tapenade and wrapped in prosciutto.

Get the Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing

Kelsey's roasted beet salad makes a colorful addition to your Thanksgiving table. Peppery arugula plays well with the sweet dressing and beets, all rounded out by tangy citrus.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing

Grana, Rucola, Pear Salad

Pears are the perfect autumnal fruit to add to your Thanksgiving salad, and they pair especially well with peppery arugula and the nutty flavor of Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese.

Get the Recipe: Grana, Rucola, Pear Salad

Watercress Salad with Dried Fruit and Almonds

Tyler's watercress salad couldn't be simpler to make and is extremely versatile. If you don't have dried cranberries on hand, feel free to substitute with dried apricots, cherries or raisins.

Get the Recipe: Watercress Salad with Dried Fruit and Almonds

Fennel and Mushroom Salad

Laura's popular five-star salad makes for a light and refreshing start to your holiday meal.

Get the Recipe: Fennel and Mushroom Salad

Chilled Farro Salad with Blood Orange and Roasted Leeks

Hearty, chewy farro serves as the base of this high-protein salad, tossed with slices of sweet and tart blood orange, tangy pickled raisins and roasted leeks for subtle onion flavor. It's one delicious vegan victory.

Get the Recipe: Chilled Farro Salad with Blood Orange and Roasted Leeks

Insalata di Arance e Origano: Orange Salad with Oregano

Sweet and juicy orange sections balance the pungent saltiness of kalamata olives in this simple Sicilian salad.

Get the Recipe: Insalata di Arance e Origano: Orange Salad with Oregano

Raw Beet, Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

Mint and thyme provide fresh-from-the-garden flavor to this beautiful autumnal salad, which takes only 10 minutes to pull together.

Get the Recipe: Raw Beet, Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

Endive Water Chestnut Salad

Add an exotic element to your Thanksgiving table with this sweet and spicy salad. Water chestnuts offer earthy crunch while honey-glazed walnuts balance the bitterness of the endive.

Get the Recipe: Endive Water Chestnut Salad

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