Whether as an appetizer, first course, or side dish, these easy and impressive soup and salad recipes will add variety to your Thanksgiving feast. Choose from salads centered on spinach, endive, fennel, green beans, and more. These soups and bisques feature butternut squash, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, and other fall flavors.
A pinch of cayenne pepper adds pleasant warmth to toasted walnuts. Sprinkle these and feta cheese over baked sweet potato pieces and crisp watercress to make a hearty salad for the Thanksgiving table.
Ginger, orange juice, and spicy pumpkin seeds add a touch of warmth and zing to this easy fall classic perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. When pureed with water, butternut squash takes on a silky texture without added fat, but garnish this soup with sour cream, if you like, for extra richness.
The subtle sweetness of parsnips is enhanced by adding leeks and apples to this soup, while their savory creaminess is matched by potatoes. These ingredients are simmered together with chicken or vegetable broth, then pureed and topped with sauteed leeks to make a tasty Thanksgiving soup.
Update the traditional Thanksgiving green-bean casserole by dressing watercress and green beans with a mustard and lemon vinaigrette, then topping them with crispy fried shallots. The components of this salad can be made up to one day ahead, storing the cooked green beans and mixed dressing in the refrigerator and the fried shallots at room temperature; combine just before serving.
This elegant soup balances the sweet and savory flavors of carrots, onions, and curry powder. Simmer and puree these ingredients with chicken stock and garnish with lemon juice and fresh cilantro. Feel free to use vegetable stock to make a vegetarian version. This soup can be served warm or made ahead and chilled, making it perfect for the busy Thanksgiving cook.
This creamy butternut squash bisque can be prepared up to three months ahead of Thanksgiving dinner and frozen. The soup is seasoned with cinnamon and a bit of cayenne powder. For a different flavor, use ground nutmeg or cloves instead of cinnamon, or add a Southwestern touch with a small amount of chili powder.