20 Thanksgiving Salads to Brighten Up Your Meal

When your table is covered with mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, and endless pies, everyone will be thankful for a fresh, palate-cleansing salad this Thanksgiving.

J. Kenji López-Alt

On a table sagging under the weight of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and who knows what other dishes, a salad can easily go ignored. And it's especially easy to ignore it if the salad is an afterthought—something thrown together in a couple of minutes right before people sit down to eat.

But Thanksgiving dinner is a meal full of heavy dishes, and an artfully prepared salad can be a welcome addition to the spread, as both a palate cleanser and a delicious attraction in its own right. Plus, if you eat something green on Thanksgiving, that cancels out all the unhealthy foods, right?

In that spirit, we've rounded up 20 Thanksgiving salad recipes worth saving room on your plate for, whether it's crisp broccoli with a basil-pistachio vinaigrette, roasted cipollini onions with red cabbage and chicory, or an updated take on seven-layer salad.