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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe

Hello everyone, are you ready to learn how to make a lovely, healthy side vegetarian dish for Thanksgiving this year? This is Jewels (Liz and I alternate months on decor8) with another episode of Food in Motion! So tell me, are you guys already thinking about what to make for Turkey day? I grew up in Germany and Thanksgiving had no meaning in my family’s life. My German family is looking forward to Christmas and can’t wait to have me and my new little family including my tiny daughter Clementine come visit. Over here in the US though, Thanksgiving is so important that I almost feel like it’s a trial run for Christmas! My husband’s mom has been browsing through food magazines for weeks to find inspiration. I am a vegetarian, so a shiny bird is not going to float my boat. I need some tasty alternatives that are a little more exciting than just mashed potatoes and sautéed carrots. I want to contribute something to this meal and of course also impress my American family with something that is healthy and super delicious at the same time.


As I learned Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Good thing I am blessed with a beautiful farmers market that conveniently offers me their harvest every Wednesday. So I chose some winter veggies that I usually eat cooked but that are also edible raw. When I know that I will photograph something later, I always think of color, too. So I picked only white vegetables and then some green micro radishes for contrast. They are full of flavor and vitamins! For some excitement I decided to make a vinaigrette with sparkling wine. I have never made that before but I had heard of it and it always sounded like a great idea to have some bubbly in a vinaigrette. Mmmh.. and it turned out to be true. But try for yourself!

Here is the recipe for 2 portions:

1/4 of a small cauliflower
1/2 fennel
1/4 of a small white cabbage
1/2 shallot
1/2 small apple
juice of half a lime
1 small handful of micro radishes

1 tablespoons of sparkling wine
3 table spoons of olive oil
3 table spoons of red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of agave
juice of the other half of lime

How To: Shave all the veggies and the apple into thin slices. Pour the lime juice onto the apple to keep it from browning. For the vinaigrette put all liquids and the spices in a small jar and shake well. Pour the vinaigrette of the salad and enjoy!

Next month, see what Liz will make for a Christmas sweet treat! Bye for now – Jewels.

(text/copy/video: julia “jewels” cawley)

Posted by decor8 in Savory on November 25, 2013

Your comments...

  1. Molly {Dreams in HD} commented
    November 25th, 2013 at 4:00pm

    beautiful video jewels!
    looks like a light and refreshing dish, perfect to balance out all the richness of thanksgiving!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    Molly {Dreams in HD}´s last blog post ..Recipe :: The BEST Apple Pie, Ever

  2. cawley dog commented
    November 25th, 2013 at 4:30pm

    Can’t wait to taste it on Thursday . Sounds yum.

  3. Kaffiknopf commented
    November 25th, 2013 at 8:16pm

    Nomm, that sound AND look so delicous! I am a German in Germany ;) and actually planning our Thanksgiving Dinner – what a great dressing, I totally gonna make that! Maybe with some Rucola and Feldsalat with the other veggies to have more softs to chew ;) Thanks!!

  4. Amy commented
    November 26th, 2013 at 12:57am

    Loved the video! It was so tranquil to watch you prepare the salad. I could have made it from the video alone!

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