Okay, so maybe聽the first thought that comes to mind when you聽think of Thanksgiving dinner isn鈥檛 leafy green lettuce. It鈥檚 hard to compete with a juicy turkey or all of those mouth-watering side dishes. That said, we think the holiday green is highly underestimated, and we鈥檝e got 16 Thanksgiving recipes to prove it. Crisp greens聽lend color and contrast to a Thanksgiving table聽and make you feel great by sneaking in some nutrients. They鈥檙e the perfect answer for rounding out the meal. Scroll down to check out the most tempting versions of veggies you鈥檝e ever seen.

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1.聽Butternut Squash, Arugula, Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese Tartines: Get a healthy dose of your veggies before the meal even starts. These tasty tartines make a great appetizer, but they鈥檙e also a yummy聽lunch the following day if you have some leftover squash.聽(via Blogging Over Thyme)

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2.聽Kale and Collard Greens Gratin: Sturdy collard greens provide a base for a creamy sauce, breadcrumbs and crispy prosciutto. If this dish gets mixed up with the mashed potatoes on your plate, you won鈥檛 be sorry!聽(via The Vintage Mixer)

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3.聽Walnut Steamed Beets and Greens With Miso Balsamic Dressing: Most people forget about the leafy greens that top the beets you picked up at the farmers鈥 market, but they鈥檙e a delicious way to get your vitamins. Crunchy walnuts add texture to the tender veggies.聽The gorgeous hue of the beets will blend right in with jewel-toned sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. (via Produce on Parade)

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4.聽Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice and Arugula Salad: Wild rice is chewy and nutty, and packs聽a punch with good-for-you fiber. Prep this salad ahead of time and mix in the arugula and dressing at the last minute.聽(via Pinch of Yum)

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5.聽Flatbread With Sage and Arugula Pesto, Figs and Prosciutto: Add a little bit of olive oil and your greens can transform into a silky sauce. We love it on this flatbread as a hearty snack聽while you鈥檙e prepping the rest of the meal. If you can鈥檛 find figs this time of year, try red grapes or roasted pears.聽(via La Crema)

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6.聽Arugula and Honey Crisp Apple Salad: This is no ordinary green salad. You鈥檒l聽love the seasonal medley of apples and walnuts paired with a slightly spicy curried vinaigrette.聽(via The Cozy Apron)

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7.聽Kale and Wild Rice Casserole: The title of this recipe may not scream flavor bomb, but we can promise you you鈥檒l be more than pleasantly surprised. With an ingredient list聽like caramelized onions and gruyere, there鈥檚 no way this recipe will disappoint.聽(via Half Baked Harvest)

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8.聽Pancetta, Kale and Pumpkin Flatbread: Kale gets an irresistibly crispy texture when baked. Pair it with salty pancetta and earthy pumpkin and you鈥檝e got a meal made in heaven.聽(via Fabtastic Eats)

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9.聽Wilted Escarole With Feta and Walnuts: This dish is so simple, you won鈥檛 have to think twice about adding it to your to-do list. Feta has聽a fresh flavor that鈥檒l be a welcome contrast to the meal. (via Food52)

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10.聽Garlicky Kale Salad With Crispy Chickpeas: Roasted garlic cloves and tandoori chickpeas are the stars of this dish, but it all comes together with the help of a bed of kale.聽The dish packs聽an unexpected hint of spice聽that goes perfectly with turkey and potatoes. (via Minimalist Baker)

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11.聽The Ultimate Fall Salad: This is basically confetti in a salad bowl 鈥 it鈥檚 hard to believe it鈥檚 as delicious as it is pretty. It鈥檚 also easily customizable, so you can toss in whatever else you see at your local market.聽(via Making Thyme for Health)

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12.聽Butternut Squash and Kale Tart: The great thing about this tart (aside from its deliciousness, of course) is that it can be made completely ahead of time. Your Thanksgiving sides are covered!聽(via Passports and Pancakes)

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13.聽Grilled Kale and Radicchio With Almonds and Balsamic-Orange Glaze: Make your veggies the聽bright spot on your Thanksgiving table. The citrus and balsamic vinegar nicely lift roasted greens.聽(via Martha Stewart)

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14.聽Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Cranberry Couscous: This could basically be a meal in itself. It鈥檚 got hearty grains and loads of veggies, but it鈥檚 also huge on flavor. It鈥檚 festive enough for your Thanksgiving table, but you鈥檒l want to put it on repeat for weeknight dinners all winter long.聽(via Gimme Some Oven)

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15.聽Garlicky Swiss Chard and Chickpeas: This dish comes together super fast and with a handful of pantry staples, leaving you more time for fun stuff like mixing up Thanksgiving cocktails. It鈥檚 also a great way to cook up a delicious side dish without losing聽precious oven space.聽(via FoodieCrush)

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16.聽Deep Dish Spinach and Prosciutto Quiche With Toasted Sesame Crust: Be careful with this dish: It will easily steal the spotlight from聽that turkey you stressed over. This quiche is filled with all of our favorite things 鈥 tons of spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, three (THREE!) kinds of cheese, fresh herbs and savory prosciutto. The filling also uses two cups of Greek yogurt, so you can even spin it as healthy鈥 not that聽you鈥檒l need another reason to love it.聽(via Half Baked Harvest)

Do you have a favorite way to prepare greens for Thanksgiving? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.