6 Updated Pasta Salads

Modern noodle bowls ready for picnics and potlucks.

10 Fresh Fall Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

Sure, Thanksgiving might be mostly about the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. But that doesn’t mean that you should skip the greens: they’re a fresh counterpoint to all of the carb-heavy plates. And when you’ve got an exciting salad selection picked out, they won’t feel dutiful. You need something that’s light with interesting texture and color to stand up to all of the other healthy dishes. You also need something with a bit of structure that won’t wilt immediately, especially if you do Thanksgiving family style. Luckily, each of these ten options fits the bill. And, as an added bonus, each one is also make ahead. Take our Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Manchego and Almonds. You can assemble the entire dish the day ahead, and the Brussels won’t brown or turn soggy during the meal. Our Grilled Radicchio Salad with Goat Cheese, Thyme, and Grapes has a smoky component, a tangy component, a salty one, and a sweet one. It’s balanced and complex, and won’t be shoved to the far corner of the dinner table. Several of our other salads have sweet-tart components in them like apples, citrus segments, and pomegranate seeds. Think about it: these flavors are in cranberry sauce, too, and pair exceptionally well with roasted meat. You might just want to add some of these options to your regular weeknight dinner rotation.

Mason Jar Chicken Burrito Bowl

This homemade burrito bowl is packed with protein, whole grains, and nutrient-dense veggies, and will sustain you from lunch until the end of the afternoon. Whisking up the dressing at the bottom of the jar ensures the lettuce at the top stays fresh and crisp, but that the veggies at the bottom are infused with spice and flavor. If you’re planning on making the jar a few days ahead, hold off on adding the avocado (which browns easily once cut) until the morning of. When you’re ready to eat, pour into a bowl and top with crumbled tortilla chips.

Mason Jar Greek Tabbouleh Salad

Anyone who enjoys Mediterranean food will be a fan of this vegetarian tabbouleh jar, which combines a variety of fresh ingredients into one delicious mid-day meal. It’s far more flavorful than your average desk lunch, thanks to briny olives, salty Feta, and crunchy pita chips. The lemon-y, herb-packed tabbouleh acts as the “dressing” for the salad, but all varieties of store-bought tabbouleh are different. If desired, top the salad with an extra squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. For an extra-filling lunch, enjoy alongside falafel. We guarantee you’ll be the envy of the office.

How to Make a Mason Jar Salad

It’s portable, practical, and completely customizable.