Crisp, Crunchy, and Far from Bland: 10 Salads to Spruce Up Your Feast

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Toss aside your notions of boring salads these 10 salads are here to shake up your salad game. I’m not talking about iceberg lettuce with a sad tomato wedge. This is a world where salads steal the spotlight with their zesty dressings, unexpected ingredients, and textures that pop in every bite.

bowl of broccoli salad from the side
Broccoli Crunch Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Whether you’re looking to add a fresh twist to your feast or just trying to balance out the carb-fest, these 10 salads are the heroes that will bring life, color, and a whole lot of flavor to your table. Ready to give your feast a much-needed green makeover? It’s time to finally give salads a chance at the big kids’ table!

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Broccoli Crunch Salad

Broccoli Crunch Salad is the Clark Kent of Thanksgiving sides – unassuming at first, but a super side in disguise. It’s a trio of texture: crispy broccoli, chewy cranberries, and bacon that’s smoky enough to make you forget about the turkey. A salad that even salad-haters will love.
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7 Layer Salad

Seven layer salad in a bowl.
7 Layer Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

7 Layer Salad is the diva of the Thanksgiving table, demanding attention with its colorful layers. This showstopper is not just a salad, it’s a centerpiece, and it knows it. Make it ahead and watch it strut its stuff, drawing ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ like it’s the star of the show.
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Pea Salad

Pea salad in a blue bowl.
Pea Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Pea Salad is your grandma’s favorite recipe, making a comeback. Creamy, tangy, and with a hint of sweetness, it’s as comforting as those embarrassing childhood stories she loves to tell. A retro classic that proves some things just get better with age.
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Amish Macaroni Salad

Bowl of Amish macaroni salad with some on a spoon.
Amish Macaroni Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Amish Macaroni Salad: the humble, down-to-earth cousin at your Thanksgiving feast. Its simplicity hides a depth of flavor that’s like a secret family recipe – minus the family drama. Prep it in advance and watch it disappear faster than your sanity on Black Friday.
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Chickpea Salad

Healthy chickpea salad in a blue bowl.
Chickpea Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Chickpea Salad is the hip, health-conscious guest at your Thanksgiving dinner. Vibrant, vegan, and dressed to impress, it’s the salad that says, “I’m here to party, but I’m also watching my figure.” Easy to whip up and a total crowd-pleaser, it’s the salad that makes healthiness look fabulous.
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Amish Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Amish broccoli salad with broccoli, cauliflower, cheese and bacon.
Amish Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Amish Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad is the stealthy way to get everyone eating their greens. Drenched in creamy dressing and crowned with bacon, it’s a salad that’s not really a salad. Health-conscious? Sort of. Delicious? Absolutely. It’s the ninja of Thanksgiving sides.
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Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Top view of a bowl of coleslaw with blue cheese on top.
Blue Cheese Coleslaw. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Blue Cheese Coleslaw is the side dish with an attitude. Tangy, bold, and not afraid to stand out, it pairs with turkey like they’re old friends with a spicy past. This coleslaw that doesn’t just sit there – it demands attention.
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Ramen Noodle Salad

Three white bowls filled with ramen noodles and vegetables.
Ramen Noodle Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Ramen Noodle Salad: because who says a cheap college staple can’t be Thanksgiving chic? Crunchy, tangy, and a little bit wild, this salad is the life of the party. This salad is like the cool cousin at Thanksgiving – unexpected, fun, and totally unforgettable.
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Cajun Pasta Salad

Cajun pasta salad of noodles with celery and bell pepper.
Cajun Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Cajun Pasta Salad is here to spice up your traditional, slightly dull Thanksgiving lineup. Packed with a creamy, remoulade-esque dressing, it’s a make-ahead dream that brings the heat. A side that’s not just a side, it’s the Mardi Gras of your holiday table.
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Beet Salad

Grated beets, apples and carrots on a spoon.
Beet Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Beet Salad is the Instagram model of the Thanksgiving spread – vibrant, sweet, and ready for a close-up. Easy to prep and stunning to look at, it’s a refreshing break from the usual carb-heavy suspects. This salad doesn’t just join the party; it is the party.
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