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Thanksgiving Salad: 14 Easy Recipes For Your Feast

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor,

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple VinaigretteWhen it comes time to cook for the big meal, it's likely you'll have the big things covered. But what about all those smaller dishes that make the meal complete and memorable? These Thanksgiving Salad Recipes will brighten up your table and bring some crunch and color to your plate. So make room for a few veggies this Thanksgiving. Don't worry, salads with lots of bacon and cheese are still salads if there are some leafy greens in the mix too.


Make the most out of your holiday cooking this year by throwing a few easy Thanksgiving salad recipes on the menu. With recipes like Fall Havest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing and Creamy Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Salad, your taste buds will not be disappointed after you eat your beloved candied sweet potatoes and favorite, out-of-the-bird stuffing. These easy salad recipes are great for appetizers before the big meal too! Get your stomach ready for the meal of its life by doing some "warm up" eating to start. At least with salad, you know you won't be too full for the forthcoming feast.

Thanksgiving Salad:
14 Easy Salad Recipes for your Feast

For other Thanksgiving dinner recipe ideas, check out our free eCookbook, 22 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes (for dinner, sides, and more!)


Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing 

From crunchy toasted pecans to tender roasted acorn squash, crisp juicy apples, and tart dried cranberries. This is a healthy Thanksgiving side dish that wont weigh you down!

Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing


Mama's best Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This basic chicken caesar salad recipe is made even more delicious with the addition of spiral pasta.

Mama's Best Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad


Perfect Pasta Salad with Mandarin Oranges

This salad challenges the thought that all salads are "boring" by bringing flavor to the table in unexpected ways. Check it out!

Perfect Pasta Salad with Mandarin Oranges


Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This salad is naturally vegetarian, however, if you'd like to add a protein, turkey breast would easily complement this salad, making it a bit heartier and more of a meal than a side or appetizer-- and a great way to use up some leftover turkey!

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette


Bacon Cranberry Salad

You can't go wrong with a salad when it's drizzled in a mayonnaise-Parmesan dressing, especially when it's also full of bacon crumbles. The dried cranberries add the right hint of sweetness.

Bacon Cranberry Salad


Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad with Dressing

With ingredients liked dried cranberries, Granny Smith apples, and pecans, it has all of the fall essentials. 

Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad with Dressing


Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Salad

Bacon bits, Cheddar cheese, sliced almonds, and broccoli florets are smothered in a delicious dressing. 

Creamy Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheddar Salad


Our Favorite Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

It's easy to see why one would fall in love with this delicious salad. The sweet and savory ingredients combined with the red wine vinegar poppy seed dressing make it a memorable meal you'll be proud to serve.

Our Favorite Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


Butternut Squash Pomegranate Salad

Serve delicious spinach salad with goat cheese, pomegranates, butternut squash, and pecans with a red wine vinaigrette on Thanksgiving for all of your family. It's full of such rich, delicious fall flavors that everyone is sure to love.

Butternut Squash Pomegranate Salad


Avocado Chicken Bacon Chopped Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing

This salad is a knockout even without any dressing. But, mix up the creamy basil dressing and you won't be disappointed!

Avocado, Chicken, and Bacon Chopped Salad with a Creamy Basil Dressing


Quick Spinach Salad

A combination of so many wonderful flavors, this salad is a great addition to any dinner table spread. Great for holiday potlucks or parties.

Spinach Salad


Mixed Berry Wedge Salad

The crowd will go nuts with the stunning side dish, which also works well as an appetizer. You can mix up the berries depending on the season, although, blueberries are always a hit with the Feta crumbles.

Mixed Berry Wedge Salad


Butternut Squash Turkey Tossed Salad

This salad is a scaled-down, healthier version of the Thanksgiving meal.  It's got everything you need to satisfy that Thanksgiving feast craving - turkey, butternut squash, cranberries, and walnuts - minus the tight pants and guilt afterward!

Butternut Squash Turkey Tossed Salad


Cranberry Mushroom Spinach Salad

This delightful salad combines baby spinach leaves, dried cranberries, fresh mushrooms, chickpeas, and crumbled bacon, all tossed with a lemon basil dressing.

Cranberry Mushroom Spinach Salad


Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without at least one pumpkin dessert on the table. Check out our full collection of Pumpkin Recipes, both sweet and savory, here!


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