Thanksgiving is about turkey and stuffing, but Thanksgiving also celebrates nature’s harvest bounty, so why not include some festive, healthy salad recipes on your Thanksgiving menu? Here are fresh, healthy, harvest salad ideas to grace your table. Fresh salads make the perfect accompaniment to rich, seasoned holiday foods. Fresh, cool salads counterbalance hot, baked dishes nicely, too.
Harvest Bounty Vegetable Salad
Create a huge bowl of lettuce salad, brimming with freshly harvested vegetables and fruits. Or set out a Thanksgiving salad bar with loads of fresh toppings. Here are suggested vegetables:
-dark green romaine, green leaf and red leaf lettuce
-spring-mix leaf lettuce blend
-chopped sweet Vidalia onion
-sliced baby bella mushrooms
-finely chopped broccoli
-diced tomatoes (choose “on the vine,” grape, cocktail or sliced cherry tomato varieties)
-chow mein noodles, sliced almonds or butter garlic croutons for crunch
-diced fresh zucchini or summer squash
-sliced or diced avocado
Berry and Nut Delight Salad
On a bed of greens (see list of suggested greens above), add a combination of the following:
-fresh blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries
-sliced green grapes
-chopped tart apples (Spy, Rome, Jonathon, Jonamac, Macintosh, Ginger Gold, Honey Crisp or Granny Smith)
-toasted sesame seeds
-toasted walnuts (toast walnuts briefly in oven to crisp)
Blend the following to taste: olive oil, acai-pomegranate (or balsamic) vinegar, lime juice, honey and celery seed. Toss the salad with the honey vinagarette.
Zesty harvest Cole Slaw: Who says cole slaw is just for summer time? Cole slaw is full of vitamins and nutrition and makes a nice contrast to the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
1. In a food processor, chop green cabbage, red cabbage and carrots.
2. Dice one green pepper and one sweet red pepper and add to mix.
3. Add several tablespoons prepared horseradish.
4. Blend with olive oil mayonnaise, dash of mustard, dash of lemon juice, celery seed and raw sugar or honey.
Cranberry- Apple Relish
Cranberries are the crown jewel of a Thanksgiving meal. Try out this recipe as an alternative to the traditional cranberry sauce.
1. Rinse and sort fresh cranberries.
2. Stew cranberries in two cups water with one cup of sugar. When cranberries are cooked, they will “gel.” Set aside.
3. To spice up the cranberry sauce, add two pared, chopped apples, 1/2 chopped walnuts, crushed pineapple and mandarin orange segments. Chill in refrigerator to set.
Harvest Bounty Lime Jello Mold
1. Drain juice from one can mandarin oranges and one can crushed pineapple.
2. Chop one cup pared celery.
3. Dice one cup carrots.
4. Prepare two boxes of lime gelatin, using juice from pineapple and oranges as part of the cold water measurement. 5. Before chilling gelatin, add carrots, celery, drained crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges. Mold in bundt pan or Jello mold (sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray to prevent sticking).