Beet-and-Apple Salad | For his salad, George Mendes uses fresh horseradish and Gegenbauer cider vinegar, a rare Austrian import. This version calls for jarred horseradish and supermarket apple-cider vinegar.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Beet-and-Apple Salad | For his salad, George Mendes uses fresh horseradish and Gegenbauer cider vinegar, a rare Austrian import. This version calls for jarred horseradish and supermarket apple-cider vinegar.

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs | Inspired by a potato gratin at Restaurant Daniel in New York City, this creamy—but creamless—recipe gets great flavor from thyme and rosemary.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs | Inspired by a potato gratin at Restaurant Daniel in New York City, this creamy—but creamless—recipe gets great flavor from thyme and rosemary.

Leek Salad with Persimmons and Almonds | Here, Hugh Acheson creates a salad based on butter-braised leeks, a French favorite.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Leek Salad with Persimmons and Almonds | Here, Hugh Acheson creates a salad based on butter-braised leeks, a French favorite.

Chunky Cranberry Sauce | Gary Vaynerchuk prefers “real cranberry sauce” with chunks of whole fruit over the smooth canned-and-jellied kind.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Chunky Cranberry Sauce | Gary Vaynerchuk prefers “real cranberry sauce” with chunks of whole fruit over the smooth canned-and-jellied kind.

Gingered Green Beans | Scott Conant makes his crisp-tender beans with ground ginger, since freshly grated ginger invariably creates unappealing little chunks.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Gingered Green Beans | Scott Conant makes his crisp-tender beans with ground ginger, since freshly grated ginger invariably creates unappealing little chunks.

Tricolor Roasted Carrots and Parsnips | This gorgeous, lightly sweet salad is terrific with roasted chicken and great for a buffet.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Tricolor Roasted Carrots and Parsnips | This gorgeous, lightly sweet salad is terrific with roasted chicken and great for a buffet.

Potato-Leek Focaccia | This perfect savory focaccia is delicious with or without a light brushing of white truffle oil.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Potato-Leek Focaccia | This perfect savory focaccia is delicious with or without a light brushing of white truffle oil.

Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans | Kale is a marvelous green for salads because it’s hearty enough to handle hefty ingredients like nuts and meat, plus it doesn’t wilt as it sits on the table. When chef Ryan Hardy makes this kale salad for Thanksgiving dinner at Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, he deep-fries the pecans, but it’s quicker (and less messy) to toast them in the oven.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans | Kale is a marvelous green for salads because it’s hearty enough to handle hefty ingredients like nuts and meat, plus it doesn’t wilt as it sits on the table. When chef Ryan Hardy makes this kale salad for Thanksgiving dinner at Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, he deep-fries the pecans, but it’s quicker (and less messy) to toast them in the oven.

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