Many people geared up for major family time this Thanksgiving, but if you were like me, flying home for both this holiday and Christmas is a little taxing on the wallet. Therefore, for the past several years, I've spent Thanksgiving with a bunch of friends (my other "family") who are in the same boat. Each person is assigned a specific dish(es), and come the big day, everyone brings their contribution and simply digs in! Although the host usually takes care of the turkey, it's up to the guests to bring all the trimmings. I took charge of Brussels sprouts this year and made a recipe with bacon and chestnuts. A quick n' easy microwaveable potato recipe rounded out my starch offering.
My tradition each year, however, is to provide the party with the Holiday Salad. Now I tend to take a little creative license with this dish, and usually there is no set recipe, but this time around I went with a festive pomegranate-and-arugula twist. I added some shaved Manchego on top to round out the sweetness of the persimmons and pomegranate seeds.
Here are some salad recipes that I've used as bases for Holiday Salads in the past: arugula, fruit, and nut, a seasonal salad with veggies and cheese, and a warm spinach salad with toasty nuts. No matter the final result, the Holiday Salad keeps it's legacy by proving to be ridiculously delicious every year. Try starting your own holiday potluck tradition--you'll be surprised how easily you can leave your Thanksgiving mark!
Scroll through my gallery to see what other people decided to bring to Thanksgiving potluck: