Do you eat salad before or after the main course? In our family it was different depending on who was hosting. On my Dad’s side – salad was the starting point to a nice meal and always served with my grandmother’s homemade blue cheese dressing. On my Mom’s side, a very simple green salad was passed after the main course — but before the cheese course. (It’s that French influence — a meal isn’t a meal without a cheese course.) This Pear Pomegranate Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing works well before — or after, and it’s what you want on your holiday table.