15 Easy Thanksgiving Salads and Appetizers

Last Updated November 04, 2016
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Bruschetta, an easy Thanksgiving appetizer

Matt Prop's Vegan Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

vegan shaved salad
Matt Props is the owner and chef at Stay Fresh Veg. This salad has turned some heads for its fresh and bright flavors. We bet no one will notice it’s vegan.

Playful Fall Salad

I encourage you to go to local stores and our county’s farmers’ markets. The farmers there are committed to their chosen livelihood, and many enjoy the community connectedness of meeting, talking...

Andrea Weigl’s Spinach Salad

spinach salad
This recipe has appeared on author Andrea Weigl's holiday table since the 80s. Don’t let this simple looking recipe deceive you — it’s packed with flavor!

Kale Salad with Apples, Beets and Chestnuts

Kale Salad with Apples, Beets and Chestnuts
Your holiday table will sparkle with this colorful jewel of a salad, which celebrates the bounty of the season with healthy, delicious ingredients.

Fall Fruit Chutney

Fall Fruit Chutney
Chutneys are essentially fruit pickles that often include vegetables and spices as well. They can be sweet or hot and they vary from country to country. In fall, the market is filled with both late-...

Grilled Shrimp Ceviche

If you are nervous about making a traditional ceviche, where the acid from citrus fruit is the only means of “cooking” the seafood, this recipe is for you. A few seconds on the grill does most of...

Stuffed Calamari with Celery, Raisins and Pine Nuts

This simple and satisfying calamari dish, courtesy of Rocky Maselli, executive chef at A16 Rockridge, works as antipasti or as a main course.

Bruschetta di Fava

Bruschetta di Fava
The perfect appetizer or side dish to ignite your Italian cravings, courtesy of Chef Giuseppe Sarubbi of VIA UNO.

Smoked Pimiento Cheese Dip

Smoked Pimento Dip
Fourth-generation dairy farmer Eddie Gibson milks his Holstein herd in northern Kentucky and turns it into Ed-Mar Dairy farmstead cheeses. Smoked Maddie’s Gold is a Double Gloucester cheese, perfect...

Spinach, Artichoke and White Bean Dip

Spinach artichoke and white bean dip
Spinach artichoke dip—it’s an appetizer classic you know all too well. This recipe from our managing editor features an added protein twist on a party crowd favorite. It’s sure to leave your...

Stuffed Okra

Okra, known as “lady’s fingers” in India, has a beautiful, bright green color and a wonderful taste. When buying okra, look for crisp ones in which the tail end can be snapped off and avoid the...

Arugula & Roasted Pepper Pesto Dip

Perfect for any gathering, this dip recipe comes from San Antonio chef Chuck Hernandez, who will soon be opening a farm to fork restaurant in the city.

Stuffed Mushrooms

stuffed mushrooms
This savory treats graced many a trendy 80s cocktail party. Mushroom caps make a handy vehicle for fillings that include goat cheese, sausage, spinach, shrimp - really, anything that can be diced...

Chorizo-Stuffed Dates

Chorizo-Stuffed Dates
This recipe is traditionally made with Spanish chorizo which is a hard sausage. We've substituted local Mexican chorizo for a Southwestern twist.
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