Do You Eat Salad On Thanksgiving? We Think You Should!

These five healthy salads are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add a healthy touch to your Thanksgiving menu, look no further than these hearty salads from the Food Network. Loaded with seasonal favorites like juicy butternut squash, refreshing pears and crisp apples, they’ll pair well with everything you have on your table from roast turkey to green bean casserole. Plus, you can totally toss one together while watching the Thanksgiving parade that morning or right before your first guest walks through the front door.

If you've always wanted to include butternut squash on your Thanksgiving menu but didn’t know where to begin, this beautiful salad from Ina Garten is the perfect dish to start with. Follow Ina’s lead and drizzle your butternut squash pieces with pure maple syrup for a seriously sweet topping.

Twenty minutes is all you’ll need to toss together this super refreshing salad. Peppery arugula and watercress make the salad’s leafy base, and juicy chunks of pear, crumbly blue cheese and a variety of toasted nuts add layers of flavor. Place it on your Thanksgiving table right next to the roast turkey to give all your guests the perfect grab-and-feast pairing.

Close-up of Butternut and Prosciutto Salad, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, Season 18.

Ree Drummond tosses her butternut squash with red pepper flakes to give this festive kale salad a hint of heat. She also packs it full of toasted pine nuts, sliced prosciutto and shaved Parmesan to infuse it with mouth-watering flavor. Serve it as an appetizer with Ree’s homemade red wine glaze to start your holiday feast off on a fancy note.

Giada De Laurentiis' Quinoa Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette for Ladies Empowerment Lunch as seen on Food Networks Giada at Home

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Friends and family members with sophisticated palates are sure to gobble up this Mediterranean-inspired salad from Giada De Laurentiis. To make it, Giada tosses chopped apples, roasted eggplant and cooked quinoa directly into a bowl with her cumin vinaigrette dressing to infuse every bite with a cozy warmth. Top with chopped walnuts and dried cranberries and get serving!

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This delicious salad is sure to get you rave reviews. You’ll pair rosemary-seasoned butternut squash with juicy slices of tangerine and crispy spinach to create a bright and tasty dish in just one nearly hands-free hour!

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