Thanksgiving Salad Recipes do have a special place in the Thanksgiving meal or Thanksgiving Dinner. There are different types of salads especially that can be prepared on the Thanksgiving Day for our guests. Salads are best for health and they can be made a part of the regular dinner and for the occasions like Thanksgiving Day. So, don’t miss the salad recipes on this Thanksgiving holiday. Here are few best fresh and healthy Thanksgiving salad recipes that we suggest you for Thanksgiving 2017. So, check out these best Thanksgiving Salads out there here and prepare them for your guests to impress them.
1. Turkey Thanksgiving Salad
Though there are many variations of the Turkey salad with different names, the original one with turkey as the main ingredient is always the best salad recipe for Thanksgiving Day. So, we have brought the recipe for you. This recipe would be great especially on the occasions like Thanksgiving. So, try this out on Thanksgiving 2017.
- 3/4th pound of cooked turkey meat
- Two green onions
- Two stalks of celery
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- Two tablespoons of prepared Dijon-style mustard
- Three tablespoons of mayonnaise
- One tablespoon of cider vinegar
- 1/4th teaspoon of salt
- One teaspoon of white sugar
Step-1: Keep all the ingredients cooked turkey, green onions, celery and red bell pepper in to a food processor or a blender and chop them finely by setting to pulse.
Step-2: Take the mixture out of the blender in to a bowl and mix in the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, prepared Dijon-style mustard, salt and white sugar. Cover the mixture and keep it in the refrigerator overnight or for about 8 hours before serving on Thanksgiving Day.
2. Quinoa Salad
This would be one of the finest side dish or the Thanksgiving Salad that can be prepared with the leftovers. Preparation is very easy and in just few minutes you can put this salad in front of your guests. Check out the preparation steps given below.
- One cup of quinoa
- One tablespoon of olive oil
- Two cups of water or Two cups of reduced-fat chicken broth
- 1⁄4th diced yellow onion
- One apple, diced into large chunks
- Eight to ten fresh sage leaves, cut into fine ribbons
- One 1⁄2 cups of acorn squash, cooked as well as cubed
- Two tablespoons dried cranberries
- One to two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
- Preparation Directions
Step-1: Clean the quinoa under water and toss it in a small pan and toast it lightly. Add two cups of water to it and allow it to boil. Later reduce the flame and cook it for 15 to 20 minutes or till the liquid gets absorbed.
Step-2: Take a separate pan, take some oil and heat it in a medium heat. Add onions and sage to it and sauté it for five to seven minutes i.e., till the onions becomes soft. To it, add cubed squash and apple that is chopped. Cook the mixture for five more minutes. Finally add pumpkin pie spice and that’s it the salad is done. Stir the mixture in to a pan with squash, quinoa, apple and onions. At last top it with dried cranberries.
3. Arugula and Asian Pear Salad
This is a very simple Thanksgiving Salad with the perfect mixture of sweet, bitter, crunchy and tangy with the ingredients that we have in the list. It just covers all the tastes that one can eat on Thanksgiving 2017. This is one of the healthy salads that we recommend you for this holiday eve.
- 1/4th cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- One teaspoon of honey
- Two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of chopped thyme
- Five ounce of baby arugula
- Three Asian pears
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cups of salted roasted pumpkin seeds
- Sea salt
- Three ounce of fresh goat cheese
Step-1: Take a small bowl and whisk olive oil with honey, lemon juice and chopped thyme. With pepper and salt season the Thanksgiving salad dressing.
Step-2: In a big bowl, stir the arugula along with pumpkin seeds and pear slices. Next add the dressing that is prepared above and toss the mixture well. Finally top the mixture with crumbled goat cheese and sprinkle sea salt lightly. That’s it. Your Thanksgiving Salad is now ready.
4. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
This is a three-layered salad that looks pretty awesome after preparation. Not only looks that taste and smell of this Thanksgiving salad would impress your Thanksgiving guests in a Thanksgiving meal. Check out the ingredients required and preparation steps for this recipe given below.
- One 1/2 cups of crushed pretzels
- 3/4th cup of melted butter
- Four 1/2 tablespoons of white sugar
- One cup of white sugar
- One (8 ounce) container of frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Two (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
- One (6 ounce) package of strawberry flavored Jell-O®
- One (16 ounce) package of frozen strawberries
- Two cups of boiling water
Step-1: Heat the microwave to 350 degrees F. Mix the ingredients pretzels, melted butter and 4 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. In to the 9×13 inch pan, press in the ingredients to the bottom. Bake this mixture till it is lightly toasted or for 10 minutes. Keep it aside completely to cool.
Step-2: Take a medium sized bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar till it becomes smooth paste. Fold the topping that is whipped and spread this over the crust that is cooled. Keep it in the refrigerator till 30 minutes or until it sets.
Step-3: In another medium bowl, stir the boiling water and gelatin mix. Add the frozen strawberries in to it and stir it till thawed. Over the cream cheese mixture in to the pan and refrigerate it till it becomes cool for about one hour.
These are the four best healthy Thanksgiving Salad recipes that you can prepare easily and serve on Thanksgiving 2017 meal or dinner. Give a try to any of these tasty and healthy salads and have a great holiday ahead.