Easy, Elegant Holiday Salads

Try our Thanksgiving salad recipes and host the best holiday meal ever. All of these holiday salads have prep times of less than 30 minutes, so they won't keep you in the kitchen all day. There's a salad recipe for every holiday spread, including classic green bean and broccoli salads to our special cranberry-citrus salad and more.

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    Winter Slaw with Kale and Cabbage

    Crisp and creamy, this winter slaw features all the classics of coleslaw -- but with a twist. Swap lettuce for trendy kale and purple cabbage, then coat them in a zippy vinegar dressing for a Thanksgiving salad worthy of a space on the holiday table.

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    Roasted Acorn Squash and Beet Salad

    Play with the cozy colors of autumn by tossing them into your holiday salads. Here, we use fresh Chioggia beets, golden acorn squash, and pomegranate seeds. Mix them up and then coat them in our sweet and tangy honey-mustard sauce.

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    Harvest Slaw

    Fill your plate with the season's best. Fresh apples, dried cranberries, and cabbage all join to create this festive Thanksgiving salad. Just glaze it in our honey-garlic dressing and enjoy!

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    Green Beans with Pancetta with Brown Butter

    Lure guests to the holiday table with a gorgeous Thanksgiving bean salad. Featuring crispy pancetta and roasted chestnuts, it's made with only five ingredients and is a snap to prepare.

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    Wheat Berry, Sugar Snap Pea, Radish, and Goat Cheese Salad

    Wheat berries are tiny kernels of wheat that pop and turn golden when cooked. We love the fresh crunch they give this healthy Thanksgiving dinner salad. For the easy-to-make dressing, fill a Mason jar with honey, walnut oil, and vinegar. Shake, pour, then dig in!


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    Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Garbanzos, Apricots, and Onions

    Cinnamon and brown sugar add warm flavor notes to this tossed holiday spinach salad. We infuse the classic ingredients into a special chickpea dressing, then embellish the salad with red onion and sweet dried apricots. Plus, get our 30-second recipe for toasted pappadam crackers.

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    Red Quinoa Salad with Raspberries and Beets

    Our blushing Thanksgiving fruit salad is brimming with pretty shades of red thanks to fresh raspberries, beets, and crisp radishes. Drizzle pureed chile-berry dressing over the top for a delicious finish.

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    Holiday Kale Salad

    Looking for Thanksgiving salad ideas? This healthy salad features your holiday favorites, including fresh cranberries, kale, crunchy veggies, and wild rice. It also makes a fabulous option for vegan and vegetarian guests.

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    Shredded Swiss Chard Salad

    When it comes to chopped salad, our rainbow chard recipe is the best pick. Made in less than 20 minutes, it features fresh chile peppers and mozzarella coated in a tangy garlic dressing, mixed together into one holiday-ready Thanksgiving salad.

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    Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Cashews

    Color your Thanksgiving table with a vibrant whole grain holiday salad recipe. This golden honey-soaked salad features slivered apricots, juicy dark cherries, and fresh greens. Toss in a few cashews for crunch.

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    Asparagus, Edamame, and Parsley Salad

    A fresh plate of greens is sure to start any holiday meal off right. Avocado oil and a splash of soy sauce give this fork-tender Thanksgiving salad some Asian flair, while garlic keeps it extra savory.

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    Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

    We've added a refreshing kick of mint and ginger to this arugula salad, then topped it with chopped fresh cranberries and juicy oranges for a stunning citrus starter.

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    Broccoli-Grape Salad

    Prep this partyworthy bowl in less than 15 minutes. It's made with juicy red grapes and oil-tossed broccoli, then is coated in a sweet homemade dressing. Save the best for last by topping this Thanksgiving salad with crisp, savory bacon. 

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    Scallops-Pecans Wilted Salad

    Sesame seed-coated scallops and crunchy pecans top crisp endive and peppery arugula. A spicy-sweet dressing of maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and soy sauce adds extra zip to this gourmet holiday salad.

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    Pear and Walnut Salad

    Simple and sweet, our pear-walnut salad features lively blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and a zingy pear liqueur-mustard dressing. Serve up this easy Thanksgiving fruit salad for a non-veggie side at the big feast.

  • Next Slideshow Great Green Bean Recipes

    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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