Makes 4 servings

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This salad recipe won rave reviews from our users, who serve it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other festive events, such as baby showers and birthdays.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together first 4 ingredients. Set dressing aside.

Step 2

Peel pears, if desired; quarter pears. Brush with lemon juice.

Step 3

Arrange lettuce on 4 plates. Arrange pear quarters over lettuce. Drizzle with dressing; sprinkle with cheese, bacon, and raspberries.

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Ratings & Reviews


December 16, 2016
this was phenomenal at our thanksgiving dinner!  Even the salad haters loved it and my meat eaters and several others said it was their favorite part of the whole meal. My meat and potatoes man also said it was so good it could have been a desert AND he ate it as leftovers (mouth gaping open in shock).  I just peeled and quartered the pears as directed( instead of slicing them like the picture) and that made it not only super easy but it looked so elegant!  The best salad EVER. I even made it all with dairy free ingredients since we have a daughter with a dairy allergy and it was still amazing.

December 16, 2016
And I forgot to add that I don't normally like pears and my son doesn't typically care for raspberries but even we thought it was great.

robw222's Review

December 23, 2013
I prepared this for our Christmas get-together last night and it was a big hit. I used really good pears from Harry and David. Very pretty and tasty.

ubee1209's Review

November 25, 2011
I've never served salad at Thanksgiving before, but will always include this one from now on. It was, surprisingly, one of the favorite dishes served! What a wonderfully flavorful, yet very simple recipe. Variations that I will try in the future: adding thin strips of red onion and/or walnuts or pecans. Highly recommended!

sammysue's Review

November 21, 2009
This salad has a beautiful presentation and excellent flavor. I substituted toasted almonds for the bacon.

DebbiRuth's Review

November 28, 2008
Tried this for thanksgiving on a family who eats salads very rarely. I asked "who wants salad" and heard nothing but grumbles. Then I pulled a finished one out of the frig, showed it and next thing there wasn't one left. They were so beautiful when done up and tasted heavenly.The only thing I changed was the lettuce. I used Spring Mix instead for more color. Would be great for a shower or party.