I started out with doubling the dressing. I thought the salad would be small, but it serves at least 10. Anyway, I cooked orange juice down to half thinking maybe that was why some reviews said it wouldn't thicken. I had no better luck doing it this way. Was still very watery. I added less olive oil and it was still overpowering flavor. Didn't like it. I kept trying to "fix" it but ended up throwing it out. I ended up using the dressing from Betsy's mandarin orange salad(this web site). I thought I would have to get more than 2 pears. I was serving 8 and had to do 2 servings without nuts and wanted everyone to have a good taste of the pears. So I got 6 asian pears and it cost me $9.oo! It wasn't necessary to get all those pears, 3 would have been enough. They held up good during cooking time, I think another type of pear may get mushy. I never had asian pears before, they are shaped like an apple, slice like an apple, I was worried they weren't ripe because they are firm, but they were. This part of the salad was good. Wait to add pears and dressing to lettuce until just before serving. I added pears to salad ahead of time and it got very wilted, even without the dressing. I really didn't need to double anything afterall. My husband loved it and so did my other guests, but I thought it was too sweet, My fault for trying to double pear mix.I won't use that many pears next time. It did have a complex of flavors and that I liked. Thanks J. Craig!
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I started out with doubling the dressing. I thought the salad would be small, but it serves...