Thanksgiving Salad Recipes

Sensational salads show the lighter side of traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Staff Picks

Thanksgiving Day Salad

Rating: 4.65 stars
A time-honored Thanksgiving salad that's at our table every year. Sweet and slightly tart, it is a colorful addition to any feast.

Sheri's Fun Fruit Turkey

Rating: 4.86 stars
This fun fruit plate is great for Thanksgiving. Serve with chocolate sauce or yogurt. The possibilities are endless! Prepare all ingredients and set out on a table for the kids to assemble. Makes for a fun afternoon!

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Rating: 4.77 stars
A sweet and tangy fall salad with a bit of crunch and nuttiness tossed in from the pecans. I love pecans so I often double the amount of pecans.

Cranberry Waldorf

Rating: 4.63 stars
I make this salad all year long, but it is especially great for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just freeze a few bags of cranberries to use at a later date. I know this will become a tradition to anyone who tries it, it's delicious! Garnish with frosted cranberries and mint leaves, if desired. For frosted cranberries, wet cranberries with water, and roll in sugar.

Pear and Pomegranate Salad

Rating: 4.44 stars
A fall and winter favorite--I am always eager for pomegranates to come in season so I can make this again. I make my own pomegranate juice by pressing the seeds against a metal sieve.

Freda's Cherry Supreme Salad

Rating: 4.59 stars
This was my grandmother Freda's 'famous' cherry salad. It was a huge hit at family gatherings. My mom mixes the lemon Jello, lemon juice, cream cheese and mayo in the blender. But here's the original recipe. Enjoy!

Spinach Pomegranate Salad

Rating: 4.7 stars
A very quick and nutritious salad made with pomegranate seeds and feta cheese.

Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars
This three-layer salad includes a pretzel crust, cream cheese center, and strawberry top.

Fresh Broccoli Salad

Rating: 4.78 stars
This is a yummy summer salad that uses an interesting combination of fruits, vegetables and meats. Before you decide you won't like it, try it. You'll be pleasantly surprised. You can add an extra head of broccoli, if you like.

Watergate Salad

Rating: 4.71 stars
This chilly delight is an American classic.

Three Bean Salad

Rating: 4.64 stars
We like a buffet with all the family here. We serve a variety of salads. This is also great for summer picnics and cookouts. Keeps well, and serves a lot of people.

Napa Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4.7 stars
This is a yummy, crunchy cabbage salad with toasted ramen noodles and almond slivers. The bowl is always licked clean at potlucks!

Inspiration and Ideas

Roquefort Pear Salad

"This is the best salad I've ever eaten. It's tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans." – Michelle Krzmarzick

Creamy Cranberry Salad

Dish up this old-fashioned Jell-O® salad—just like Grandma used to make.

Coconut Ambrosia Salad

Rating: 4.58 stars

I've been making this recipe for well over thirty years, and it's still good.