20 Vegan Holiday Salads for your Thanksgiving Table!


This Thanksgiving, you are sure to clear a spot on your holiday table for some delicious greenery, aka a Thanksgiving salad. And if you are taking the time to prep a giant salad bowl, you might as well make it extra fabulous for your guests. And it is also a good idea to make your salad offering vegan/dairy-free. Because if you have any veg-diet guests at your meal (or many of them!) you will easily be able to meet the needs of both vegetarians AND vegans by just making your salad vegan in the first place. That means no cheese or egg products added on top and that goes for the dressing too. Here are 20 Favorite Vegan Holidays Salads for your Thanksgiving table. This year, make your salad dish something special!..

BBQ Tempeh Citrus Salad 1 of 20
This salad is a meal in itself since it includes protein-rich tempeh sticks, slathered in a sticky-sweet BBQ sauce. Seasonal citrus and creamy tahini dressing too. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Persimmon Pom Tangerine Salad 2 of 20
This colorful persimmon, pomegranate and tangerine salad with a balsamic shallot dressing is sure to perk up any holiday table. photo + recipe: Golden Door Spa

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Persimmon Clementine Pear Salad 3 of 20
Over top a delightful bed of greens, you will find sweet pears, persimmons and vibrant citrus. photo: Brooklyn Supper

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Walnut Panzanella Salad 4 of 20
This walnut-filled salad is a healthy and hearty side to grace your holiday table. Add some greens if you'd like. photo:

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Citrus Tofu Cube Salad 5 of 20
Infuse some protein into your salad course with this elegant citrus-flavored, tofu cube salad topper. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Carrot Raisin Slaw Salad 6 of 20
Slightly spicy and sweet, this warmly spiced carrot salad has accents of curry, sweet raisins and tahini. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Pesto-Dressed Salad 7 of 20
You might not think that 'pesto' goes well with Thanksgiving eats, but it does! Whip up some fresh pesto dressing and drizzle it over top just about any greens or veggies for a delicious veggie side dish in an instant! photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Quickie Kale Salad 8 of 20
In a rush to add some 'green' to your table? Grab kale, which everyone seems to love lately, and whip up this simple salad side dish. It is super hearty and filling to please any vegetarian or vegan guests hungry appetites.

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Pumpkin Potato Salad 9 of 20
This creative use for pumpkin puts a potato-infused spin on your salad offering. Creamy and slightly sweet, this pumpkin potato salad may be a new family favorite! photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Superfood Quinoa Salad 10 of 20
This 'superfood' quinoa is anything you want it to be! Avocado, perky pink goji berries and mango dot this recipe. But you could easily modify the blend to contain Thanksgiving-approved ingredients like butternut squash cubes, dried cranberries and pecans. Yum! photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Mushroom Peanut Grain Salad 11 of 20
Mushrooms, kale, rice and peanuts twirl together to create a hearty grain salad for your holiday Kathy Patalsky

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Easy Mandarin Almond Slaw 12 of 20
Easy, light and vibrant, this citrus slaw contains mandarin oranges, crunchy almonds and almond butter to create a unique salad side that pairs well with heavier holiday dishes and entrees. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Butternut Bliss Salad 13 of 20
You can make an entire meal out of this fancy holiday salad. Sweet roasted butternut squash cubes, tender cubes of tofu, kale, walnuts and avocado grace this holiday-perfect bowl. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Wild Rice Salad 14 of 20
This savory bowl includes wild rice, chanterelles and vegan cashew cream on top! photo: Gluten Free Girl

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Portobello Steak Salad 15 of 20
Top crispy romaine lettuce with warm grilled portobello mushrooms for an instant holiday salad that all your guests will crave a bite of.

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Peanut Ginger Kale 16 of 20
This savory meets sweet peanut kale grain bowl includes accents of ginger, red onion and peanut. Serve warm or even better chilled! This is a perfect holiday salad to make ahead of time and let sit in the fridge while you prep 'same-day' recipes on Thanksgiving day. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Cranberry Sauce Tempeh Salad 17 of 20
You can make this salad with fresh cranberry sauce for your holiday - or use leftover cranberry sauce after the holidays. It includes crunchy, cooling cabbage slaw topped with buttery avocado and sweet and sticky cranberry-sauced tempeh sticks. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Citrus Tomato Sumac Salad 18 of 20
Sumac is a fancy spice to experiment with around the holidays. It turns an ordinary platter of seasonal citrus and sliced tomatoes into something fancy and beautiful for your holiday table. photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Holiday Fruit and Nut Salad 19 of 20
Cinnamon-spiced, with a sweet meets crunchy appeal, this holiday fruit salad is welcome at any holiday table. Citrus, apples, walnuts and cinnamon. Lovely as a holiday breakfast or brunch salad too! photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Kale Chips 20 of 20
Turn your salad course into a snacking course with kale chips as a pre-meal appetizer! photo: Kathy Patalsky

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