Thanksgiving Sides: 16 Salad Recipes

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Thanksgiving is undeniably heavy on the starch and protein, so a salad is necessary for balance. Check out these standout salads to serve next to the buttery mashed potatoes. Kale, apple and pancetta salad; roasted pears with greens and pecorino; and more fall festive salads!

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Pecans
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Kale Salad with Parmesan and Lemon
Arugula, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad with Cider-Honey Vinaigrette
Warm Quinoa Pilaf Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots & Pecans
Chili Roasted Pepper Salad
Grated Carrot and Mint Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
Spinach Salad with Beets and Walnuts
Beet and Citrus Salad with Pinenut Vinaigrette
Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad
White Bean and Mint Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Winter Greens with Roasted Pears and Pecorino
Roasted Pear Salad with Endive, Pomegranate, Blue Cheese, and Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Arugula, Apples and Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette
Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad With Sumac Onions
Bright Lentil Salad with Apples, Fennel, and Herbs

More Thanksgiving Sides

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Shallots with Balsamic Vinegar