Looking for the fresh and delicious side dish for your holiday table? This is my go-to Thanksgiving salad recipe for our Thanksgiving meal!

By now, most of you know that holiday dinners are my favorite. There are almost 50 holiday recipes on this blog, and I have no plans of stopping!

One thing I love is a good make-ahead side dish like this beautiful Cranberry Harvest Salad. I think it will be a new favorite for your families!

Cranberry Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

The sides at Thanksgiving dinner are traditionally very heavy (and delicious). So, why not balance out all of the butter and potatoes with this harvest salad. This healthy recipe is the perfect complement to the heavier traditional side dishes you see this time of year.

That’s not to say that this salad is only good at Thanksgiving! I love it anytime during the fall season alongside a steaming bowl of Cheesy Cauliflower Soup or Butternut Squash Soup!

Cranberry Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

It’s packed with fresh ingredients like leafy greens, onion, apples, sweet potato, cranberries and and easy vinaigrette!

The best part? This great recipe uses ingredients that you probably have on hand for your holiday meal, anyway!

Cranberry Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

My favorite part? The addition of sweet potatoes! We use the air fryer to quick cook the sweet potato cubes. You can also use your oven, instructions are included for both cooking methods.

Cranberry Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Recipe Additions:

There are ample ingredients that are wonderful when added to this salad recipe! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add beautiful pomegranate arils for a pop of holiday color. This is especially beautiful for Christmas dinner!
  • Add other fresh fruits; pear slices or mandarin oranges are a great option.
  • Top with leftover turkey as a great lunch for the day after Turkey Day!

Recipe Substitutions:

  • Substitute arugula salad mix for the mixed greens.
  • Substitute dried cherries for the cranberries. Cherries are a good substitute for the tartness of the cranberries.
  • Substitute gorgonzola cheese, bleu cheese or goat cheese for the feta cheese.
  • Substitute cubed butternut squash for the sweet potatoes.
  • Dressing substitutions: Substitute maple syrup for honey in the dressing. Substitute balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar for the apple cider vinegar in the dressing
Cranberry Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Cranberry Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Easy Cranberry Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make this beautiful harvest salad for the fall! Topped with a delicious apple cider vinaigrette.


For the roasted sweet potato cubes:

  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cook the sweet potatoes: In a small bowl, toss cubed sweet potatoes with 1 teaspoon oil, salt and pepper. Air fry at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or roast on a baking sheet at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  2. To a large bowl, add the spring mix lettuce and top with salad ingredients, including the cooked sweet potatoes.
  3. Pour vinaigrette over top of the prepared salad and serve immediately.


You can absolutely cook the sweet potatoes ahead of time. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring out of the fridge prior to assembling the salad to take the chilld off!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 247Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 11mgSodium 494mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 5gSugar 21gProtein 6g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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