The avocado is known as a "pear" in Jamaica, and has also been called "poor man's butter." Those grown on the island have a smoother, lighter skin than Hass avocados, but the texture and the flesh are similar. There, avocados are most often served peeled and sliced with a morning meal or a sweet snack. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).
Chewy farro -- an Italian whole grain -- is tossed with mixed greens in this colorful salad. It's flavored by two kinds of grapes that have been baked in a low oven to concentrate their sweetness and release their juices. The Concord grapes aren't seedless, but they make a beautiful garnish.
This recipe rebuilds the salad, reimagining it as crostini: Parmesan and dressed escarole (in place of romaine) are piled on top of white anchovies, which are cured in vinegar and oil and have a mild flavor.
A simple swap is all it takes to reimagine panzanella. This Italian summer salad usually features cubes of day-old rustic bread and tomatoes, tossed with basil leaves and a simple vinaigrette. But slices of ripe, juicy peaches in place of, or in addition to, the tomatoes bring a different (but entirely welcome) sweetness to the mix.
Whether as an appetizer, first course, or side dish, these easy and impressive soup and salad recipes will add variety to your Thanksgiving feast. Choose from salads centered on spinach, endive, fennel, green beans, and more. These soups and bisques feature butternut squash, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, and other fall flavors.
Our collection of refreshing salad recipes includes choices that work as first-course appetizers or as Thanksgiving sides. In addition to lettuce-based green salads, you'll find dishes centered around green beans, wild rice, and root vegetables.