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this salad makes a light and bright start to your thanksgiving meal

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this salad makes a light and bright start to your thanksgiving meal

want something a little healthier to kick off your turkey day meal? this green salad with pear dressing is simple, yet elegant.digging into the thanksgiving day feast is a joy, but preparing it takes work. this green salad with pear dressing is a simple but elegant first course, and it will take some of the stress out of the gig. and — bonus! — it’s lighter than the usual holiday recipe. how did we do it? by swapping out some of the oil in favor of a very flavorful pear puree.indeed, this salad is an ode to pears, teamed up with a couple of their best buddies: walnuts and blue cheese. (cheese!? so much for lightness, right? not really. there’s only half-an-ounce per person.) you’ll need one very ripe pear for the dressing and two firm ripe pears to slice and add to the salad, so planning ahead is key. most pears in the supermarket are rock hard when you buy them and need several days to ripen. you can speed up the process by placing them in a brown paper bag alongside a bunch of bananas.walnut oil is our oil of choice because it complements the pear’s sweetness. (it also happens to be wonderful drizzled on vegetables, raw or cooked, and on all sorts of cheeses.) just be sure to store it in the refrigerator once you’ve opened it because walnut oil — like any other nut or seed oil — can go rancid easily if left at room temperature too long. still, if you don’t want to invest in a bottle — it’s a little pricey — use safflower or sunflower oil instead.yo...