Thanksgiving Planning: Salad Selections

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Because everyone should start their Thanksgiving dinner off right with a festive and delicious salad!

An often underrated part of the meal, the salad course can be just as delicious as all the other sides. Instead of just opting for mixed greens, why not step up your menu and make something that will complement your meal? Today, we are sharing with you six salad recipes that are easy to make, pair perfectly with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and are sure to impress guests.

Tip: Prep all of your salad ingredients ahead of time so that you can quickly assemble and serve!

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette — The warm bacon adds the perfect amount of smokiness to the vinaigrette and makes for a hearty winter salad when served on a bed of spinach and topped with a hard-boiled egg.

Spring Mix Apple Bleu Cheese Salad — This dish is beautiful as a side salad served with any meal, but if you want to make this a main course, simply add a protein like grilled chicken or a piece of fish.

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad — Tossed with a combo of toasted almonds, shaved Parmesan, and pomegranate seeds, it’s the best side for any get-together, especially your fancy holiday dinner.

Fresh Mozzarella with Baby Spinach and Balsamic Reduction — This Fresh Mozzarella with Baby Spinach and Balsamic Reduction salad recipe checks all the boxes: It’s sweet (naturally), hearty, healthy contains no added sugar! The combination of the homemade balsamic reduction along with the tartness of the craisins creates a great flavor profile.

Kale, Butternut Squash + Pomegranate Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing — This light and beautiful salad is the perfect addition to any meal … And if you’re constantly in search of something refreshing and not too filling, this recipe will do it. We got this recipe from Every Last Bite, and it is a wonderful blend of winter goodness (our squash was roasted to perfection!) with that added touch of just enough sweetness.

Pomegranate Arugula Salad — This is an amazing salad we turn to time and time again. What makes it so fantastic is the pomegranate because it adds such an incredible flavor! We have served this one many times, and it never disappoints.

Looking for more help with planning your Thanksgiving meal? Check out our Thanksgiving Planning Guide and our Ultimate Preparation Checklist!


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by Camila Alves McConaughey