Thanksgiving dinner table with all the food arranged is the best sight a foodie can ask for. The colors are always filled with shades of brown (turkey,gravy, bread,stuffing,pumpkin pie etc..) and white (mashed potato,crab, chessey dips,gratin, pasta etc..) .Your only chance to add color to the table is cranberry sauce and salads.
Almost all the dishes are creamy buttery rich so how about some nice acidic salad to cut down the richness. It really cleanses the palate and enhances the flavors of the main dishes.
I have purposely avoided adding cheese, pecans or walnuts so pomegranate would shine.Plus the nutty buttery flavors comes from the lima beans.
Leafy green salad takes up ur time on the dinner day with cleaning ,washing, chopping and of course wilting if made ahead. Here is an easy salad that can be made few hours prior to dinner.
Ingredients:( Please increase quantity according to ur taste)
Baby Lima beans- 1/2lb (frozen)
Bell pepper- 1/2 of 1 chopped
Pomegranate – 1/2 of 1 seeds separated( arils )
Red Onion – 1 small chopped finely
Lime juice – 1 tbsp or as required(freshly squeezed)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook frozen lima beans in enough water with salt until fully cooked but not mushy. Should have shape intact.
Drain the water and allow it to cool completely.
Meanwhile add lime juice to the finely chopped onion and let it rest for a while( atleast an hour)so the pungency of onion is reduced and it gives a pickled effect. You may used ready made pickled onions too instead.
Chop the bell pepper into required size.
In a mixing bowl toss in the cooked lima beans ,chopped bell pepper, onion and the lime juice.Mix gently add salt and pepper.
Just before serving add the pomegranate seeds mix once . Scatter more on top.This way the pomegranate seeds will retain the jewel tone and will not look squishy.
Go for some horseradish or mustard sauce too if u like to for that extra pungency.
Here are other menu ideas : Sides and desserts
Links here : Creamy potato salad with mint , Beet & Cucumber rolls , Cauliflower Breadsticks ,
Dessert ideas :Cheesecake with Caramel topping , Caramel Apple Cake , Carrot cake with Coconut & Raisins .
Here are other Thanksgiving side dish ideas from Food Network friends:
Feed Me Phoebe: Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms with Creamed Kale
The Heritage Cook: Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans (Gluten-Free)
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: 100 Healthy Holiday Side Dish Recipes
Devour: Winning Thanksgiving Side Dishes
The Lemon Bowl: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Chorizo and Farro
The Mom 100: Lentils and Carrots with Dried Apricots
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Maitake, Leek & Bacon Dressing
Weelicious: Vegan Whipped Coconut Sweet Potatoes
The Cultural Dish: Pumpkin Risotto
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Sweet Potato Biscuits
Red or Green: Cheese Ball with Everything Spice
Daisy at Home: Roasted Cranberry Pear Sauce
Swing Eats: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Thyme and Rosemary
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Baby Lima Beans Salad with Bell Pepper and Pomegranate
Dishing With Divya: Ash Gourd Raita
Domesticate Me: 12 Easy and Impressive Thanksgiving Sides
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples | #FallFest
Dishin & Dishes: Stuffin Muffins
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