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15 Vegetable Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

by The Devil Wears Salad

One can never have too many vegetable side dishes for Thanksgiving and we’re here to help you with a little inspiration. Amp up your Thanksgiving feast with a huge selection of salads ranging from light to fancy and everything in between.

15 Vegetarian Salads for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such a special time to spend with family and friends as you give thanks to the important things and people in your life. And no time spent with family is quite complete without doing so over a big meal, prepared for days to come.

While the turkey gets the main attention and is the centrepiece of your dinner table, the accompanying vegetable side dishes all play an important role in completing the Thanksgiving menu. Tradition dictates some staples such as potatoes, squash, corn, etc…. but we thought you might also like to add a little something new to the table.

Why not add some side dishes with rainbow chard, cauliflower but in a rice consistency or some crunchy celeriac? The possibilities are endless and these vegetable sides for Thanksgiving will most certainly not disappoint and in fact add to the massive spread!


Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Chestnuts and Pomegranate

Pomegranate Cauliflower Salad with Chestnuts

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Imagine little roasted florets sprinkled with red seeds against a backdrop of bright green sprouts. This Pomegranate Roasted Cauliflower Salad is a recipe bursting with contrasting flavours and textures.

Can’t have a Thanksgiving without a good vegetable side and cauliflower will most certainly have to make an appearance!

Medley of Tomato and Burrata Salad

Quick Tomato Salad with Burrata

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No ordinary tomato salad. This one is runway ready and the easiest vegetable side you can make for Thanksgiving.

Celebrating sweet tomatoes layered with heavenly burrata, this is a super easy light salad to prepare. Indoors or outdoors, this Quick Tomato Salad is perfect for big celebratory dinners.

Pear and Rocket Salad with Provoletta Blue Cheese

Pear and Rocket Salad with Provoletta Blue Cheese

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This tangy balsamic maple glazed Pear and Rocket Salad is matched with sweet grapes and buttery roasted pecans. All these ingredients sing in harmony with the savoury and bold Provoleta blue cheese. Definitely a side dish that is Thanksgiving worthy!

Risoni, Asparagus and Edamame Salad

Edamame Pasta Salad with Asparagus

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It’s the simplest of tastes that sometimes commands the most attention. This Edamame Pasta Salad makes for a wonderful vegetable side dish to your Thanksgiving feast as it won’t take away the big flavours of all your other dishes.

Celeriac Mango and Guava Salad

Celeriac Mango and Guava Salad

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Who would have thought a knobby, ugly root vegetable, sweet tropical fruits and a nasal clearing infused dressing could be so good? This Guava Salad is no simple flavour combination and you’ll be surprised how fantastic it tastes!

Just imagine how excited your family and friends would be to be able to have a vegetable side with a difference!

Charred Corn with Roasted Red Onion, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Charred Corn With Roasted Red Onion, Avocado And Tomato Salad

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This Avocado and Tomato Salad with the fresh flavours of charred corn, roasted red onions and a honey mustard dressing makes it a perfect friend for any delicious grilled meat. Easily a crowd pleaser and most definitely a winning vegetable side for Thanksgiving.

Egg Salad with Dill and Rocket

Egg Salad with Dill and Rocket

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A new twist on the classic Egg Salad with dill and rocket mingled together with tangy dill salad dressing that creates creamy magic on a plate.

This egg vegetable side dish is super easy to make and would make for an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving menu.

Baby Cauliflower and Spiced Chickpeas with Beetroot Tahini

Baby Cauliflower and Spiced Chickpeas with Beetroot Tahini

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Can’t have a good Thanksgiving banquet without a cauliflower side dish!

What could be more scrumptious than whole roasted baby cauliflower? Combine them with spiced chickpeas and beetroot tahini, and you’ll have a sophisticated salad that won’t disappoint.

Pearl Couscous Salad with Za’atar Halloumi And Pomegranate

Pearl Couscous and Pomegranate Salad

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A nod to Middle Eastern flavours with this delicious salad that is super light to eat but packs an earthy punch. This Pearl Couscous Salad with Za’atar halloumi and sweet pomegranate makes a perfect side dish to accompany any roast turkey!

Cauliflower Rice Salad with Rosemary White Beans

Cauliflower Rice Salad with Cannellini Beans

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Rice and beans are a classic combination of ingredients but this Cauliflower Rice Salad and cannellini beans infused with fresh rosemary is no ordinary recipe.

Serve this vegetable dish with gravy and stuffing for a fantastic Thanksgiving plate.

Asparagus, Roasted Onion and Balsamic Tomato Salad

Asparagus, Roasted Onion and Balsamic Tomato Salad

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Need a leafy salad but not sure how to make it Thanksgiving worthy? We show you how to elevate those leaves with this balsamic tomato salad mixed through with sweet roasted onions and crunchy asparagus.

Rainbow Chard Salad with Freekeh and Pistachios

Rainbow Chard Salad with Freekeh and Pistachios

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Jammed packed with wholesome grains, nuts and seeds and with added rainbow chard and herbs to balance the freshness, this is a delicious vegetarian salad ready to be devoured.

Radicchio, Baby Gem, Orange and Ruby Grapefruit Salad

Radicchio, Baby Gem, Orange and Ruby Grapefruit Salad

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A delectable pairing of bitter and sweet flavours on one plate. This Ruby Grapefruit Salad is fuss-free to prepare, the colours are stunning and would definitely get guests talking around the table.

This light vegetable salad is a great accompaniment for a flavour rich Thanksgiving dinner.

Pomegranate, Barley and Freekeh Salad

Pomegranate, Barley and Freekeh Salad

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This Quinoa Parsley Salad pays homage to the classic tabbouleh. A vegan salad that is both Here’s a salad recipe for anyone who’s looking for a non-leafy salad. This Freekeh and Pomegranate Salad mixed through with a sumac infused yoghurt is simply divine.

Salad of Dutch Carrots, Hummus and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Dutch Carrot Salad with Hummus and Soft-Boiled Eggs

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Enjoy the creaminess of this Dutch Carrot Salad without the use of any dairy. The combination of the hummus and the oozing soft-boiled eggs provide for a velvety alternative. Add in the crunch of the pistachios and you have a delectable side salad for Thanksgiving.


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