Thanksgiving is a time for feasting and celebrating with loved ones. And while the traditional Thanksgiving meal is often heavy and indulgent, there is no reason why it can’t also be healthy and delicious. This Expert Chef’s Thanksgiving Salad Recipe is the perfect way to add a touch of lightness and freshness to your Thanksgiving table.
Made with roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and pomegranate seeds, this salad is packed with flavor and nutrition. The goat cheese and toasted walnuts add a touch of richness and creaminess, while the apple cider vinegar dressing provides a tangy counterpoint.
This salad is easy to make and can be prepared in advance, making it the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast.
- 1 head mixed salad greens (such as romaine, arugula, and kale)
- 1 cup roasted Brussels sprouts, halved
- 1/2 cup roasted butternut squash, diced
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large bowl, combine the salad greens, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts.
- In a small jar or bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- For the best flavor, roast the Brussels sprouts and butternut squash in advance.
- To toast the walnuts, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.
- If you don’t have pomegranate seeds, you can substitute dried cranberries or another type of dried fruit.
- For a creamier dressing, add a tablespoon or two of mayonnaise or Greek yogurt.
- Add cooked quinoa or brown rice to the salad for a heartier dish.
- Add a sliced apple or pear for a touch of sweetness.
- Add crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese instead of goat cheese.
- Add chopped bacon or roasted turkey for a protein boost.
This salad is easy to follow and the end result is delicious. It is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner table, as it is light, refreshing, and packed with flavor.