This is a great starter for Thanksgiving dinner that is both delicious and festive.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, combine vinegar and cranberries. Cook over medium heat until cranberries soften. Remove from heat; add olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Place in blender and mix until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled.

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  • Core and julienne one pear, core and dice the other.

  • In a large bowl, combine the Romaine lettuce, endive, diced pears, walnuts and Gorgonzola. Toss and drizzle with enough dressing to coat.

  • Divide among salad plates and garnish with julienned pear. Top with any additional walnuts as well.

Nutrition Facts

214.2 calories; 6.2 g protein; 16.2 g carbohydrates; 11.2 mg cholesterol; 171.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (54)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
This was a great holiday salad. However I took the suggestion from other reviews and modified the recipe somewhat. I decreased the vinegar to 2 Tbsp and increased the sugar to 2 Tbsp. I used bagged mixed baby green and spinach and radicchio. Also my local market didn't have gongorzola cheese so I used feta. I tossed some dressing on greens then arranged on plate. I sprinkled nuts cheese and fanned pear slices on top. Finally I drizzled additional dressing on top. It got rave reviews from my luncheon guests! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/28/2003
I made this salad for Thanksgiving dinner. The salad was delicious and presented well. I didn't think that Belgian endive was anything special and other cheaper greens could be used in its place without jeopardizing the taste. However I found that the dressing was overwhelmed by the vinegar. I did a lot of adjusting to get the right flavor. I would make the salad again but I would need to find an alternative dressing using the cranberries. The pink/red color of the dressing was very nice. Read More
(14)
68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
This was a great holiday salad. However I took the suggestion from other reviews and modified the recipe somewhat. I decreased the vinegar to 2 Tbsp and increased the sugar to 2 Tbsp. I used bagged mixed baby green and spinach and radicchio. Also my local market didn't have gongorzola cheese so I used feta. I tossed some dressing on greens then arranged on plate. I sprinkled nuts cheese and fanned pear slices on top. Finally I drizzled additional dressing on top. It got rave reviews from my luncheon guests! Read More
(86)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
This was a great holiday salad. However I took the suggestion from other reviews and modified the recipe somewhat. I decreased the vinegar to 2 Tbsp and increased the sugar to 2 Tbsp. I used bagged mixed baby green and spinach and radicchio. Also my local market didn't have gongorzola cheese so I used feta. I tossed some dressing on greens then arranged on plate. I sprinkled nuts cheese and fanned pear slices on top. Finally I drizzled additional dressing on top. It got rave reviews from my luncheon guests! Read More
(86)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2005
I completely agree with those who (when using dried cranberries) eliminated the sugar. I also highly recommend using rice wine vinegar - I've made it twice and the second (with the aforementioned vinegar) was far superior. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2002
This recipe is a good starting point. The cider vinegar is too strong so I switched and put rice vinegar in place of cider vinegar and then added 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar. I increased the sugar to 2 tablespoons and added 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice for zip. I increased the pears so each person got one half a pear. Asian pears also work if you can't find red anjou pears. I added red food coloring for a deeper color red salad dressing. For garnish I used halved cranberries and golden raisins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2002
This was a really delicious salad. I prepared it for a dinner party I was throwing for my sister-in-law and everyone at the table raved about how great it taste and how nice it looked. I highly recommend it to anyone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2010
Excellent dressing - I used half cider vinegar and half rice wine vinegar and used 2 Tbsp. of white sugar. I also added a couple drops of red food coloring to give the dressing more of that rich red cranberry look. I used a bagged spring mix thin sliced red delicious apples thin sliced red onions dried cranberies and the toasted walnuts (350 for ten minutes). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2003
Most excellent! Although I left out the endive and substituted Asian pears for Anjous this salad was perfect. Second time I made it I tossed in some left over turkey. MMMMM good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/28/2003
I made this salad for Thanksgiving dinner. The salad was delicious and presented well. I didn't think that Belgian endive was anything special and other cheaper greens could be used in its place without jeopardizing the taste. However I found that the dressing was overwhelmed by the vinegar. I did a lot of adjusting to get the right flavor. I would make the salad again but I would need to find an alternative dressing using the cranberries. The pink/red color of the dressing was very nice. Read More
(14)
Rating: 2 stars
08/28/2003
The vinegar completely overwhelmed all the other tastes (way too much vinegar!). The concept of a cranberry dressing is nice but you would probably need much less vinegar and more sugar. Also it would probably be better to cut the pear in wedges instead of dicing - gives it a more gourmet texture to it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2002
I was looking for something fresh to put on the table for Thanksgiving and this salad was simple and delicious. To serve I fanned sliced pears in on the bed of greens and sprinkled with nuts and cheese making a nice presentation as well. Read More
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