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Favorite Salad Recipes for the Holiday Table

The countdown is on, and there’s still plenty of time to finalize your Thanksgiving menu. Have you considered salads? They make a perfect Thanksgiving side dish serving as a fresh complement to some of the richer flavors typically on the table. Plan to include several on your menu. If you’re the type of cook who likes to focus all your cooking energy on the main course, stop by our in-store holiday table to find out what salads are available, or ask guests to bring salads. Salads travel well and most don’t require heating, so load your table up with salads and keep precious oven space open for the turkey, stuffing, pies and other goodies. And, if you’re a guest at a holiday table, a salad is a wonderful and convenient dish to bring. Many salads do best when they’re dressed just before serving, especially those featuring salad greens, so check the recipe for assembly info. Happy tossing! Green Salads Consider starting your holiday feast with a first course of green salad. Take your pick from some of our favorites.

•            Kale Waldorf Salad

•            Thanksgiving Green Salad

•            Arugula and Fennel Salad

•            Spinach Salad with Aduki Beans and Clementine Vinaigrette

Grain Salads Hearty grains + seasonal ingredients = very satisfying salads.

•            Chestnut and Wheat Berry Salad

•            Fall Harvest Couscous

•            Warm Millet Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Creamed Mushrooms and Sage

•            Cranberry Quinoa Salad

•            Wild Rice Salad with Oranges and Currants

•            Farro, Apple and Pecan Salad

•            Wheat Berry Salad with Raisins, Beets and Citrus Vinaigrette

Squash Salads Celebrate seasonal squash by making it the main ingredient in a salad.

•            Butternut Squash and Kale Salad

•            Arugula Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Prosciutto

•            Butternut Squash Panzanella Salad

Salads Featuring Fruit Apples, pears, citrus fruits and pomegranates are all in season, and their juicy sweetness is a welcome flavor in salads.

•            Fennel and Tangerine Salad

•            Radicchio, Fennel and Pear Salad

•            Beet Salad with Oranges and Romaine

•            Apple, Ham and Watercress Salad

•            Coconut Ambrosia

•            Pomegranate, Green Bean and Jicama Salad

Salads Starring Cheese Cheese adds a savory richness to salads.

•            Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

•            Gorgonzola and Dried Cherry Salad

•            Le Gruyère Salad with Apples and  Cider Vinaigrette

•            Salad with Red Grapes and Feta

What are your favorite salads for the Thanksgiving table?

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Candice K says …

I made a delicious salad and everything from Whole Foods ;) Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers diced Pineapple cubed In glass bowl, whisk fresh squeezed lemon juice added mint, corriender, salt and pepper Added the pineapple and peppers to marinate in fridge for some time. Added fresh salad greens and mixed well Drizzled Olive Oil and mixed again and Serve. Very refreshing.

Brad Wallace says …

Great ideas, I will be driving over to "Whole Foods" SOON...

Eleanor says …

Hi, this is Eleanor from Forkfly. Thanks for the great recipes! I'm crazy about beets and goat cheese, so I'm getting right on that one. Keep up the good work with the blog. You guys have deals with us at Forkfly - please take a look at us and let us know if you have a special or event we should feature on our blog.

Joe @ Eden Kitchen says …

One of my favorite salads to share is this Fig & Grape Quinoa Salad with Feta: http://edenkitchen.com/fig-grape-quinoa-salad/

lee says …

That's a lot of great Salad recipes. I don't think my family has had a single salad aside from the "standard" lettuce and dressing. Ever! I'm going to have to pull down some of these recipes and bring them along. I really like the Waldorf salads because they bring such a great contrast in flavors and textures and I love those kinds of pairings. --Lee

SusieBeeOnMaui says …

A couple of perennial favorites: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/10/roasted-beets.html http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/09/asian-chard-salad-with-mushrooms-and.html And a beautiful accompaniment for any salad: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/11/recipe-for-parmigiano-reggiano-lace.html

Wendy says …

Our family favorite is "overnight fruit salad" with citrus and marshmallows. It's light and fluffy, and festive for the Thanksgiving table! The other family "tradition" with this salad is to tell the story of how my mom proceeded to dump the entire bowl into my great uncle's lap one year! The condensation on the bowl made it especially tricky to handle, so Uncle Frank got a special serving of it that year!

Bepkom says …

Thank you everyone for all the great suggestions!

Good Pediatrician in Chennai says …

Lovely salad and I love the sound of that dressing, must try!

Irish says …

I really think I ate a cold kale salad with brussel sprouts - maybe it was a ceasar style dressing? Anyway, it was at the Cherry Creek Whole Foods. By chance do you have that recipe to share? Love all the recipes & really appreciate you guys!! Thanks :)

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@IRISH - I wasn't able to find the recipe on our website, which means it's possible that an awesome team member at the Cherry Creek store whipped that salad up. If you contact the store and check with the Prepared Foods department, they will be happy to share a recipe if they have one. You can call them at 720.941.4100.

Cathy says …

Several weeks ago I bought Citrus Pecan Quinoa at your store. It was delicious and I'm wondering when you will have it available again. Also, do you have a recipe for this dish that you would share? Thanks very much. Cathy Cropper

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CATHY - Since this dish is made in-house, it's best to follow up with the store to see when they will offer it again. They will also let you know if they have a recipe to share!

Judy says …

Do you have a recipe for the Brussels sprouts and kale salad you sell in your WF market? It's delicious.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JUDY - So happy you enjoy it! If this was a dish made in-house, we typically do not have a recipe on our website. I would suggest checking with the store where you purchased this so they can share their recipe. If they have one, they will be happy to share!