On a Thanksgiving table laden with heavy starches and creamy carbs, a colorful, crunchy salad is a balm. A good piece, with fresh vegetables and well-prepared seasonal fruits, brightens everything around it while offering a welcome textural contrast. One bite of an elegant salad can cut through the richness of buttery potatoes and crunchy filling or custard, add a touch of juicy turkey meatiness and play up the flavor of tangy cranberry sauce.
15 Thanksgiving salad recipes with bright, crunchy color and flavors
Bitter greens like radishes, kale, or dandelions are a good choice for fall, but crunchy iceberg, feathery arugula, or sweet spinach can garnish an autumn salad, too. Herbs like parsley, dill, and mint add unexpected flavor. Sweet, chunky, or spicy toppings will make the salad unforgettable. Think: fresh or dried fruit, roasted or candied nuts, sliced fresh chili peppers or grated ginger. Finally, the acidity of good dressings will help cleanse your palate between each bite and everything else.
These salads are perfect for Thanksgiving. Find more ideas in our recipe archive.