Ten perfect salads for your Thanksgiving feast

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Thanksgiving is at the end of the month and there is no time quite like the present to start preparing for a fabulous feast that your family, friends and loved ones will love. This week, we'll focus on the entryway to dinner: the salad.

Salads can be a little tricky. You don't want it to be too heavy because that will take away from the main course and you don't want it so light that it will be underwhelming. You want everything at your table to be delicious and a good salad is crucial.Take a look through the slideshow for ten delicious salad recipes for the perfect balance. The Lifestyle Collective bloggers know what they are doing with these dishes and soon, you will too.

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Thai Cauliflower Salad Lettuce Cups

"These Thai cauliflower salad lettuce cups are the perfect quick lunch, weeknight dinner, or a fun appetizer to serve even the pickiest of guests!" - Cooking and Beer

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Massaged Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Roasted Grapes

"Massaged Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Roasted Grapes is fall in a dish! It is healthy, simple and perfect for make-ahead lunches!" - With Salt and Wit

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Black-Eyed Pea Salad

"Black-Eyed Peas! What a weird name… But oh so tasty! And incredibly good for you too. These delicious beans (yes, they’re actually beans!) are a great source of protein and fiber while also rich in Potassium, Zinc and Iron!" - Olivia's Cuisine

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Shaved Vegetable and Spinach Salad

" I think this salad can go a lot of different ways as long as you keep the spinach and vinaigrette in place.  What I mean is anything else you put in there from a vegetable stand point would work just fine." - Billy Parisi

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Harvest Salad

"Of all the orange squashes, Kabocha squash is my favorite!  It is known for its sweet flavor and is a staple ingredient in Asian dishes. Kabocha squash bursts with bright orange color and brings life and color to your kitchen." - Colorful Eats

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Tabbouleh Salad

"Putting this together is simple – you start by cooking the Bulghur Wheat which is as easy as pouring boiling water over it and then walking away. Wash, dry, and chop up your herbs and vegetables, then toss it all together in a bowl with some lemon juice, olive oil, and salt." - The Wanderlust Kitchen

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Squash and Goat Cheese Salad

"This recipe may seem vaguely familiar, well at lease most of the ingredients. They’re the same ones used in our goat cheese pastry. Except this time we swapped out the pastry for squash, a much healthier alternative." - Public Lives Secret Recipes

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Jicama Cabbage Salad with Spicy Maple Pecans and Pomegranate

"This is a perfect Thanksgiving salad or side dish, and the ideal way to brighten any table. It also travels very well—I ate it on the road up to San Francisco, in a pre-Friendsgiving frenzy of jicama gratitude." - Kale and Caramel

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Fresh Green Bean Salad with Asian Dressing 

"An Asian take on green beans, this Fresh Green Bean Salad with Asian Dressing is full of Asian flavors and great texture from the Soy-Glazed Cashews." - Taste and Tell

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Roasted Fall Salad

"I have been craving Brussels sprouts, delicata squash, and fingerling potatoes; so I roasted them all up and tossed them together in this delicious roasted fall salad." - Beard and Bonnet

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