23 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.

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

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."


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

Tangy New York Apple Salad

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


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.

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

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.

Beet Salad

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

Squash & Spinach Salad

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

-Chef floWer

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."


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."


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!"


Marinated Cauliflower & Carrot Salad

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


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!"


Nutty, Warm Brussels Sprouts 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."


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."


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."


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."


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."


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.

Thanksgiving Panzanella

Looking for something a little heartier? This bread salad featuring sausage, apples and three varieties of bread is your best bet.

Marinated Hearts of Palm Salad

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


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.