Top 17 Salad Recipes to Serve With Thanksgiving Dinner

Special Salad Could Be Star of Show

The menu for a Thanksgiving feast always first brings to mind roasted turkey; dressing or stuffing; mashed potatoes and gravy; sweet potatoes; corn casserole or corn pudding; cranberry sauce, relish, or chutney, and pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie. Salad seems to be often forgotten or left off of the holiday table. But these special salad recipes just might turn out to be the star of the show. On a day when food preparation is often overwhelming, these recipes won't add to the stress, and many...MORE can be made the day before and refrigerated until it's time to put the dinner on the table. 

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    Wilted Spinach Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This popular wilted spinach salad is easy and delicious, with its bacon dressing and red onion adding zing to the mix. Add raisins or dried cranberries to this salad for a Thanksgiving twist.

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    broccoli slaw with raisins
    Diana Rattray

     This is another nice choice for a holiday meal. The colors of the prepared broccoli slaw and the creamy dressing make it a salad everyone will enjoy.

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    Red Cabbage Slaw
    Diana Rattray

    This crunchy red cabbage slaw is bright and flavorful. The sweet and tangy dressing flavors the slaw perfectly, and the raisins and pecans give it fabulous texture and add a seasonal note.

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    Cranberry Gelatin Salad
    Diana Rattray

    Another Thanksgiving or Christmas favorite, this is a gelatin salad with cranberry sauces, a whipped cream and cream cheese topping, and pecans. Use canned or homemade cranberry sauce in this recipe.

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    Green Pea Salad With Easy Creamy Dressing
    Diana Rattray

    This green pea salad is as pretty as it is flavorful, with bright green English peas, shredded carrots, bell peppers, red onion, and tasty dressing. This makes an excellent Thanksgiving salad.

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    Beet Salad With Spinach
    Diana Rattray

     This beet salad is a combination of beets, spinach, and bacon along with pecans or walnuts. Add some shredded or crumbled cheese if you'd like. 

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    Seven Layer Salad
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    With its layers of lettuce, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and sweetened mayonnaise dressing, this salad is a favorite in the South. You can change it up a bit with some chopped tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, or other veggies.

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    Crunchy Broccoli Salad
    Diana Rattray

    The slightly sweet mayonnaise dressing is perfect for this much-loved salad, and the bacon, sunflower seeds, and raisins add crunch.

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    Ambrosia Fruit Salad
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    This fruit salad is a take on the classic ambrosia salad. This version is made with orange, coconut, and other fruits, along with marshmallows and a sour cream dressing.

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    Basic Coleslaw With Creamy Dressing
    Coleslaw. Diana Rattray

    This tangy coleslaw is made with a flavorful, lightly sweetened mayonnaise dressing. It's a basic combination of shredded cabbage and carrots. Add a small amount of grated onion or onion powder to the dressing if you'd like a stronger flavor.

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    Frozen Fruit Salad
    Frozen Fruit Salad. Diana Rattray

    This is an old-fashioned frozen fruit salad recipe adapted from an old newspaper clipping. It's made with canned fruit cocktail, cherries, marshmallows, a little mayonnaise, and whipped cream.

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    Tossed Salad With Croutons
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    Toss an easy, basic salad with a variety of greens and croutons for a healthful, light, and simple addition to your Thanksgiving feast. Use your favorite dressing or offer several choices.

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    pretzel salad
    Diana Rattray

     This popular salad is a gelatin salad made with cream cheese and a pretzel crust.

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    Classic Waldorf Salad
    Classic Waldorf Salad. Diana Rattray

    This tasty, lightly sweetened, classic Waldorf salad is made with diced crisp apples, celery, walnuts, and a mayonnaise dressing. This is an excellent choice for the Thanksgiving table or any fall meal.

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    Black-Eyed Pea Salad
    Diana Rattray

     Use fresh or dried basil in the easy vinaigrette. This is a popular salad -- an excellent choice for any occasion.

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    fruit salad
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     This fruit salad combines chopped peaches, strawberries, bananas, and red and green grapes. The fruit is tossed with a simple fresh lime and pineapple juice dressing.

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    sliced carrots
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     A variety of spices and raisins add flavor to this yummy carrot salad. The easy dressing is nothing more than some lemon juice, olive oil, and sugar.