The Ultimate Thanksgiving Countdown: Starters And Healthy Salads

This week's segment of the Thanksgiving countdown features elegant starters and healthy salads. We've gathered together recipes from some of the best chefs around the country, as well as some top-notch food writers. These dishes are sure to start the party off right.

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Shiitake Mushroom and Yukon Gold Potato Gratins

Served in ramekins, these individual gratins are a fun and delicious way to start off the evening.




Kabocha Squash Soup with Crème Fraîche

Chefs Matt and Jeff Nichols created an easy and elegant puréed soup with kabocha squash, a type of Japanese winter squash.




Harvest-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Here's a great vegan starter that's delicious and flavorful, courtesy of chef Chloe Coscarelli.







Marinated Olives with Fennel, Lemon, and Chile Pepper

It doesn't get any easier than this. Serve these marinated olives with an assortment of cheeses and some crostini, and you're sure to impress guests.







Healthy Salads

Kohlrabi, Fennel, and Bing Cherry Salad

Chef Stephanie Izard, the first female winner of Top Chef, showcases a root vegetable that is often overlooked in this easy and delicious salad.







Pomegranate-Herb Salad

Lauren Shockey combines pomegranate and fresh herbs together for a refreshing salad that's a feast for the eyes. 




Arugula Salad with Grapes and Manchego

Peppery arugula and salty, sheep's milk-Manchego pair beautifully in this well-balanced salad.




Autumn Harvest Salad

Apples roasted with fennel seeds pair nicely with baby greens and blue cheese in this spectacular salad, a celebration of fall's bounty.