Frisee, Bacon, and Goat-Cheese Salad
Credit: Melanie Acevedo

A celebratory holiday meal usually involves a lot of heavy dishes—roasted meats, hearty sides, and lots of butter. Sometimes all you want is a light, refreshing salad with some crunch and acid to balance out all the richness. This recipe, made with toasted pine nuts, crumbled bacon, and goat cheese, is special enough to serve at your holiday dinner but won’t weigh you down. You can whisk up the simple lemon mustard dressing in no time, and it brings all the ingredients together. It’s also a good salad to make ahead, since the crisp frisée won’t wilt. Just hold off dressing it until you’re ready to serve.