We might associate Thanksgiving with comforting, creamy green bean casseroles, mountains of mashed potatoes, and turkey smothered in gravy. (Not to mention slices of both pumpkin and apple pie.) And those are all well and good — but the very best Thanksgiving tables have something leafy or green to balance out our plates.

And it doesn't just need to be a pile of lettuce. Your Thanksgiving salad can come in all shades and shapes: shaved Brussels sprouts, roasted fennel, tart green apples. Here, I've combed through our salad selection and picked out 13 of my favorites to add to your feast.

1. Kale salad with salami, pecorino, and walnuts

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2. Carrot and radicchio salad with fig balsamic vinaigrette

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3. Brussels sprouts caesar

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4. Autumn salad with horseradish vinaigrette

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5. Sautéed dates with roasted butternut squash, wheatberries, and blue cheese

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6. Joshua McFadden's bitter greens salad with melted cheese

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7. Spiced beet salad with citrus-ginger dressing

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8. Roasted apple and fennel salad with toasted hazelnuts and goat cheese

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9. Warm farro and mustard green salad with maple-roasted acorn squash

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10. Shaved brussels sprouts with brown butter vinaigrette, walnuts, and pecorino

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11. Roasted butternut squash and toasted farro salad with curried brown butter

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12. Deb Perelman's winter slaw with farro

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13. Quinoa salad with hazelnuts, apple, and dried cranberries

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: Our 13 best salads — because every Thanksgiving needs a salad.