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The Excellent Thanksgiving Salad (15 Minutes!)

Don’t take away our creamy, hearty Thanksgiving classics. However this new salad is wonderful alongside them: It’s a recent, vivid, crunchy inexperienced salad with candy, crisp pear or apple, toasted hazelnuts or pepitas, a easy lemon French dressing, and non-obligatory vegan goat cheese

Not solely is it a colourful addition to the Thanksgiving desk, nevertheless it superbly contrasts the heavier dishes, aids digestion (hey, bitter greens and vinegar!), and comes collectively in simply quarter-hour! Yep, it’s that straightforward to brighten up the desk. Let’s make salad!

Salt, pepper, pepitas, hazelnuts, olive oil, pear, mixed greens, apple cider vinegar, and lemon

Recipe Inspiration

This salad was born at our workforce Thanksgiving final yr. And once we posted the meal on Instagram, you requested for the recipe. We promised we’d share it sooner or later, and right now is that day, pals!

It’s impressed by Pacific Northwest delicacies, fall elements, and a want to make one thing tremendous easy that will complement the extra conventional Thanksgiving dishes.

Make This Thanksgiving Inexperienced Salad

The bottom for this salad is a mixture of candy, tender child greens and chicories like radicchio, endive, and/or frisée. The chicories add a textural distinction, pop of colour (hey, fairly purple radicchio!), and slight bitterness that wakes up the style buds and encourages wholesome digestion!

Drizzling a simple lemon vinaigrette over a big bowl of greens

We toss the greens with olive oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar to flippantly coat them with huge, vivid taste. Flaky salt and freshly floor black pepper add some enjoyable on your style buds!

Subsequent, we toast the crunchy nuts and/or seeds. Pepitas are our go-to as a result of they’re tremendous fast and simple, however hazelnuts and almonds are scrumptious, too!

Toasted pepitas and hazelnuts in a skillet

The opposite crunchy ingredient and star of the present is sliced apple or pear. Our favourite for this recipe is Asian pear as a result of it’s essentially the most crisp and candy, however different candy, crunchy varieties will even work!

Using a serving spoon and fork to toss a salad

The ultimate (and non-obligatory) ingredient is vegan goat cheese for a wealthy, creamy element. However with all of the richness of a Thanksgiving meal, we don’t discover it mandatory!

Vegan goat cheese, sliced pears, lemon, salt, and pepper next to a big bowl of our Thanksgiving salad recipe

We hope you LOVE this salad! It’s:

Straightforward to make
& Excellent for the Thanksgiving desk!

It pairs superbly with wealthy, creamy dishes like most of the Thanksgiving classics! For our workforce vacation meal, we paired it with our Vegan Green Bean Casserole, Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Biscuits, Classic Vegan Gluten-Free Stuffing, Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs, and Epic Vegan Sweet Potato Pie.

Extra Thanksgiving Salads

Should you do this recipe, tell us! Go away a remark, price it, and don’t overlook to tag a photograph @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, pals!

Two plates of our Thanksgiving chicory green salad topped with vegan goat cheese

Prep Time 10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 5 minutes

Complete Time 15 minutes

Servings 4 (aspect servings)

Course Salad, Aspect

Delicacies Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Pleasant No

Does it preserve? Finest when recent

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  • 6 cups tender child greens, torn into bite-sized items (we advocate gem lettuce, inexperienced leaf lettuce, or butter lettuce // or sub combined greens)
  • 3 cups chicories of selection, torn into bite-sized items (radicchio, endive, and/or frisée // or sub extra combined greens, however we want some bitter greens on this salad for taste stability and digestive advantages)
  • 1 ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or sub champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar)
  • Flaky sea salt & freshly floor black pepper to style


  • 1 small-medium Asian or Bosc pear, core eliminated, thinly sliced (or sub one other candy, crunchy apple or pear — Fuji, Honeycrisp, or D’Anjou)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas (or chopped hazelnuts or slivered almonds)
  • Vegan goat cheese (non-obligatory // for store-bought, we like Treeline // if not vegan, common goat cheese would additionally work)
  • If serving with selfmade vegan goat cheese (non-obligatory), put together it not less than half-hour earlier than serving. It provides additional decadence however isn’t important, particularly when pairing with a creamy or decadent meal!
  • Should you don’t have already got toasted pepitas (or almonds or hazelnuts), toast them first. In a small skillet, toast over low-medium warmth, stirring/tossing sometimes till the pepitas start to pop and puff up — about 3-5 minutes — or till the hazelnuts/almonds turn into aromatic and flippantly browned — about 6-10 minutes. Take away from warmth and put aside. Roughly chop the hazelnuts in the event that they’re complete.

  • To a big serving bowl, add tender child greens and chicories. See notes under if getting ready the salad prematurely to carry to an occasion. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar, then sprinkle with a couple of pinches of flaky salt (gently crushed between your fingers) and some grinds of recent black pepper. Toss to evenly coat the greens. Style and modify, including extra oil for richness or if dry, lemon juice for brightness, vinegar for sweetness, salt for general taste, or black pepper for kick.

  • Add the sliced pear or apple and toasted pepitas (or nuts) and gently toss once more, only a couple occasions. Instantly earlier than serving, garnish with vegan goat cheese (non-obligatory) and extra freshly floor black pepper. Get pleasure from!

  • Finest when recent. If getting ready prematurely, retailer elements individually. Not freezer pleasant.

*If getting ready prematurely to carry to a gathering (we don’t advocate getting ready greater than 12 hours prematurely), it’s finest to maintain the elements separate (greens, apple or pear, dressing, salt, pepper, pepitas, vegan goat cheese) and assemble simply earlier than serving. If slicing the apple or pear prematurely, toss the slices with slightly lemon juice to stop browning.
*Diet info is a tough estimate calculated with 1 sprint every sea salt and black pepper and with out non-obligatory elements.

Serving: 1 aspect serving Energy: 76 Carbohydrates: 5.5 g Protein: 2.7 g Fats: 5.4 g Saturated Fats: 0.9 g Polyunsaturated Fats: 1.7 g Monounsaturated Fats: 2.4 g Trans Fats: 0 g Ldl cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 63 mg Potassium: 167 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Sugar: 2.6 g Vitamin A: 219 IU Vitamin C: 3 mg Calcium: 12 mg Iron: 0.8 mg

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