Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Farro "Waldorf" Salad; recipe adapted from Brenda Crow, Ourfoodshed.com, Portland, OR

Anyone who’s hosted Thanksgiving dinner knows that a beautifully roasted turkey is essential, but it’s the side dishes that steal the show. So we’ve collected a few of our favorite sides from our Recipes edition to help you round out your holiday spread in style.

Grains Stuffing might be a staple in other households, but this year we’ve decided to buck tradition and serve a wholesome grain salad in its place. Maria Speck’s buttery Kamut-berry salad and this farro-focused spin on a Waldorf give whole grains the recognition they deserve.

Veggies When it comes to vegetables, seasonal favorites like carrots and potatoes are obvious picks. We might serve our carrots lightly steamed and dressed with an addictive lemon-tahini sauce or roasted alongside a clever carrot-top pesto. Potatoes are wonderful mashed (of course), but we’re also planning to serve them in an unexpected offering, like this potato and watercress salad.

Salad And because it’s nice to have something light to offset all the holiday indulgences, we’ll throw together a salad or two to complete the meal. This no-cook kale salad comes together quickly and surprises with Moroccan-inspired flavors. We’ll also serve this crunchy celery-root salad at the meal’s end to cleanse the palate--and prime it for dessert.

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