Our traditional Thanksgiving menu, overloaded with mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, and syrupy sweet potatoes, begged for something else. I wanted to add a salad, and lucky for me, my mother-in-law understood and found this recipe for romaine salad, with pears, blue cheese and pecans.
This salad delivers, with enough self-confidence and poise to hold its own on any table, and balance out all that starch. Now, a big bowl of green crisp romaine lettuce, with blue cheese crumbles, perfectly ripe pears and crunchy sweet pecans, is an official and welcome side at our Thanksgiving feast. For this I am thankful.