It’s almost Thanksgiving, and perhaps you already have your menu planned. Or maybe, like me, you are an ambivalent sort who has trouble deciding what to cook. I know salad doesn’t always make the cut for Thanksgiving fare for many, but it always has a place at my table. Not your basic “big salad for supper” idea, of course. Rather, you want a special salad that befits the holiday and is as delicious as it is nutritious.
Today’s salad, featuring red pears, toasted walnuts, arugula (or another leafy green of your choosing, like the spinach shown here), and a homemade walnut vinaigrette definitely fits the bill. (Blue cheese is optional.) Not only does this salad feature lovely colors and textures, it stars a homemade dressing that you make yourself in about 3 minutes. For the video how-to, click here.
Not into pears? Here are two more videos for a winning Thanksgiving side dish-slash-salad: roasted butternut squash with rosemary roasted onions with a maple dijon vinaigrette. (Glorious close-up photo here.) Regardless of what salad you make, do think seriously about whisking up your own vinaigrette. No matter what veggies, nuts, or grains you select for your holiday salad, the homemade dressing is the special touch that makes it a lot healthier. (Here’s a video explaining why.) And – importantly – tastier. It’s just too easy not to give it a try. I promise.
If you’re still searching for that perfect soup, salad, or veggie side dish to adorn tomorrow’s table, here are lots of recipe ideas that will tantalize your taste buds and wow your guests. You’ll even find a few desserts and cocktails tucked in there, too.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have pumpkins to roast for my pumpkin cashew curry soup. They’ll also be used in my pumpkin whoopie pies with maple buttercream.
Hey, it can’t always be just about salad, right?
Dr. P.K. Newby is a nutrition scientist, educator, foodie, and serious cook who brings together her passions at The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen: Where Science is Sexy and Healthy Eating is Spectacular. You can subscribe to her blog from the home page, become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, or check out her food porn on Pinterest. Happy cooking!