22 Creative Thanksgiving Salads

Don't let the turkey get all the credit - these salads, made with special ingredients like pomegranates and roasted fennel, will impress your guests.

Part of: Thanksgiving: Side Dishes

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Pomegranate Persimmon Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

"The warm goat cheese was perfect! I loved how the garlic balanced the sweetness of the pomegranate seeds and persimmons."

-Brooke the Cook in WI

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Beet Salad

Need a speedy Thanksgiving side? Canned beets mean this gorgeous salad is ready to hit the table in just 10 minutes.

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Pumpkin or Squash Spinach Salad

"I loved the sweetness of the pumpkin and all the different textures in this salad. It was yummy!"

-Chef floWer

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Parmesan, Cauliflower & Parsley Salad

Crunchy fried cauliflower and fresh parsley give this Thanksgiving salad unexpected taste and texture. For the best flavor, use flat-leaf parsley.

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Carrot, Raisin & Apple Salad

"This was a delicious and sweet side dish! I brought it to a friend's house for dinner last night, and he couldn't stop complimenting me about it!"

-Kree

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Nutty Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

"I loved the garlic-and-cracker combo with the walnuts and cheese. The cooking method for the sprouts was perfect, and the flavor was great."

-loof

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Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad

"You can't go wrong with this combination! The dressing is simple but perfect — it adds just a splash of sweet citrus."

-*Parsley*

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Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Salad

"Perfect for autumn! Choose squash that are heavy for their size (the heavier the squash, the tastier!) and have dull, rather than shiny, rinds."

-UmmBinat

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Creamy Cranberry-Orange Salad

"I've been making this salad for years! If you can't find a fresh orange, canned mandarins work great. Also, grinding the cranberries is a snap with a food processor!"

-Breezytoo

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Wild Rice-Apple Salad

"The wild rice's nutty flavor is complemented by the sweetness of the currants and apples, while the bell pepper adds a fresh touch."

-Lalaloula

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Giada's Roasted Fennel With Parmesan

"The Parmesan cheese melts into the fennel and creates a wonderful flavor! I roasted the fennel for about an hour, because I had large bulbs."

-Chef*Lee

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This pretty quinoa salad, studded with gemlike dried cranberries, is delicious — but still light enough to leave room for the main attraction.

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Green Bean Salad

"Delicious! I made this with fresh green beans and chopped plum tomatoes. I also sauteed the pine nuts for just a minute in some butter."

-MizzNezz

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Orange, Date & Fig Salad

You can prep this exotic dessert salad the night before, which makes it the perfect Thanksgiving side for busy home cooks.

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New York Tangy Apple Salad

"The different flavors of the sweet, crisp apple with the nutty almonds, fresh lettuce and tangy-sweet dressing are so good together."

-Lalaloula

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Cranberry-Pecan Salad with Feta Cheese

"This is one of the best salads I've ever had. I made an orange juice dressing with oil, sugar and a little cinnamon."

-Chef Crystal Cooks

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Warm Bean Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

"I really enjoyed the flavor the balsamic vinegar added to this dish. It was very easy to assemble."

-Kellie in SLO

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Warm Roasted-Vegetable Salad

"This was refreshing and comforting. I blended the dressing ingredients, using scallions in place of the shallots, and used fresh baby greens."

-Rita~

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Marinated Hearts of Palm Salad

"I love hearts of palm on salad. Marinating them is a great way to inject flavor."

-Maito

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Lentil Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

"This is a terrific, healthy and filling salad. I garnished it with chopped cilantro, but next time I might mix the cilantro right into the salad."

-*Parsley*

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Marinated Cauliflower & Carrot Salad

"One of the nicest marinated salads we have tried. I was delighted with the subtle taste of the bay leaf.”

-Debbwl

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Bonus: Leftover Turkey Salad

Tired of leftover turkey sandwiches? This satisfying salad makes a great lunch for the entire family, and it's table-ready in less than 20 minutes.

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