Seasonal Sundays (Week 47) Holiday Salads

Seasonal Sundays on a ... Saturday? It happens every so often, with a holiday looming and many of us spending the weekend making lists, washing glassware, buying groceries, prepping for a big week. I'm here to help! This week I'm featuring seven wintry salads, all Thanksgiving friendly but also ones to carry well through December. Because heaven knows, enough sugar will be within reach ... how about a little (a lot?!) more salad too?

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

As ever, thank you for welcoming me into your InBox and RSS feed reader. It's your kitchens, your lives, your holiday tables, I conjure while writing ...

"Let's give the gift of salads!" I exhorted one December. We were just home from gift shopping and I'd made a simple winter salad for our supper.

And thus began my quest for holiday salads, some times spartan, some times sumptuous.

So let's delve right into some salads that you might only nibble on during a big Thanksgiving meal but instead will scarf down when diving into leftovers later. Salad just tastes so good after all that rich, heavy food!

But. These are winter salads, that means they're good right through the holidays for sure but even into January and February. So hang on. It's winter salad season!

PS And don't worry, if you're still working through pie ideas, see last year's collection of Thanksgiving Pie recipes. I'm mining it myself, making last-minute decisions for us.

In Praise Of ...

  • ... Kids On Stage (affiliate link), part charades, part board game, all fun for ages 4 to 14 and all the way to the great-grand parents generation. Lots of laughs ...
  • ... good kitchen towels (affiliate link), all cotton, real workhorses. All those pretty ones with the pretty patterns? Not worth a nickel except for good looks. I've tossed nearly all my other towels because these have zero lint, wash up like a dream and are just easy to put through a belt loop, over a shoulder, through a drawer handle, etc.
  • ... a dog who made me laugh out loud when he picked his Christmas present off a shelf and carried it outside to play, cardboard label and all

Democracy Matters

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining generational power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights. None of us have to personally change the world. We just have to do our part.

Forget the race. Are Thanksgiving tables the right place to discuss the stakes of the 2024 election? Everyone has to decide, yes or no.

But at some point really soon, we have to start talking to friends and family members again because Trump et al aren't hiding their plans to upend our country with authoritarian rule. You don't think that there are no plans for Don Jr and Ivanka, one family and an entire generation of grifters and authoritarians and sycophants who bow to the former president and cater to the rich and leave the rest of us to pull up our bootstraps? We need to win and win decisively.

In the last week, I've been watching the news sound off, just watching the historians and diplomats and writers and democracy warriors. Their eyes are filled with something I can only identify as fear. Many say outright, This is 1930s Germany all over again.

Me, I intend to listen this Thanksgiving, learning where friends and family are, and why.

The Words of Wise Women

  • "I've been looking up old friends I haven't seen in decades. We go for a walk. It's wonderful." ~ Our friend Claudia, age 75 and the brand-new head docent at the St. Louis Museum of Art, 11/12/23

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION: Seven Surprising Holiday Salads

Festive Kale Salad with Apple & Pomegranate, another seasonal salad ♥, a burst of color, texture and flavor for winter holiday meals.

Winter Greens Salad with Oranges, Avocado, Olives, Feta & Orange-Cumin Vinaigrette, another simple seasonal salad ♥

Big Cajun Chopped Salad, another fresh, flexible & healthy salad ♥ Great with gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish boils and more.

Christmas Cauliflower ♥, healthy and pretty for the holidays but concept works year round. Low Carb. Vegan. Weight Watchers friendly.

Celebration Salad (Maple-Roasted Carrots with Arugula, Dill, Cranberry Vinaigrette, Pomegranate and Glazed Pecans) ♥, an exultant platter of vegan texture, color, flavor and mood. Meatless Monday. Gluten Free.

Detox Chopped Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture with broccoli, cauliflower, dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Vegan, great for potlucks and parties.

Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter ♥ Use your favorite raw and blanched vegetables and creativity and wait for the compliments!

A collection of seasonal Salad Recipes ♥ Side salads to supper salads and everything in between.

What's New?! (Oh Look! Another Big Salad!)

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Big Italian Chopped Salad, another fresh salad recipe ♥ Perfect with lasagna and holiday meals short on fresh vegetables.

The Kitchen Parade Almanac: Looking Ahead ...

  • November 23rd (early! nice!) - American Thanksgiving
  • December 1st - Alanna's Unofficial First Day of Winter
  • December 1 - 23 PikkuJoulu (Finnish "Little Christmas")
  • December 21st - Winter Solstice (Official First Day of Winter)

Looking Back ...

Déjà Vu ... the Thanksgiving Collection

Something useful ... or thoughtful ... or interesting ... or fun ... from Seasonal Sundays, this same week.

But First? A Little Turkey Day Pre-Prep

MAKE WAY Clean the fridge, top to bottom, before loading with Thanksgiving groceries!

MAKE SOUP Before you start to cook, y'know, cuz people are gonna want food Mon-Tue-Wed too.

MAKE HAPPY Pour a glass of wine the minute the turkey goes in the oven, this one courtesy of my ever-wise sister.

Just Updated!

Cranberry Linzer Tart ♥, an impressive European fruit tart, made easy with an almond press-in crust. No rolling!

Chocolate-Almond Shortbread Cookies ♥, crisp little chocolate shortbreads, easy to ship. Made with almond meal. Gluten Free, Low Sugar and Low Carb.

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail (my current address is in the FAQs), dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

  • Any ideas for Seasonal Sundays? Share away!
  • Did you make something extra-good this week?
  • Anyone experimenting with new recipes for Thanksgiving?
  • What's the one dish you always make at Thanksgiving?
  • How many exclamation points in your mind, anticipating Thanksgiving? Me? !!!!!!!
  • Anything else? Chime in, chat away.

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